Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be conscious of the foggy weather conditions associated with the harmattan season.
These are usually experienced in the morning nd evening at this time of the year.
Corps Public Education Officer, Imoh Etuk, in a statement, said the agency was disturbed by the pervading adverse weather condition and attendant road traffic challenges.
“Just last week, the Abuja-Lokoja highway experienced a thick fog which enveloped some parts of the corridor between 6.00am and 7.30 am, especially the 30km stretch between Yangoji and Awawa (near the NNPC pump station), with attendant visibility challenges beyond 70 metres on most stretches of the highway,” Etuk said.
He warned motorists across the country to drive with lights on low beam in view of reflections from high beams which heighten poor visibility of drivers.
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“With the onset of the harmattan season has begun, every driver is enjoined to know how to adjust their driving to meet conditions on the road or to know how to drive with high level of safety consciousness in bad weather,” said Etuk.
Etuk also reminded motorists of the need to embark on daily routine check of their vehicles before entering the roads.
“Aside from the wipers, brakes, non-defective windscreen and functional lights, it is instructive to check radiators for water, defrosters and use coolant to keep the vehicle engine within normal range.”.
He urged road users to note that the higher a vehicle accelerated, the higher the temperature of the vehicle which directly affects the tyres hence the need for long distance travelers to avoid over inflated and under inflated tyres.
He said the Corps had intensified sustained safety awareness campaigns towards a hitch-free yuletide.
Etuk said road users are strictly warned to avoid road vices such as overloading, under-age driving, drunk driving, speed limit violation, driving with mobile phone and non-use of seat belt and night trips in order to ensure sanity on the highways.
- CAJ News