I used to be a 12 months older on October 1,2022.On that date,I did my regular. First, I took time to thank God for His mercies. I additionally appropriated all of the prayers made on that very same date over my beloved nation Nigeria .That date enabled me to replicate on life, household and my profession. I additionally mirrored on my fears, strengths and potentials particularly particularly with respect to all my years within the Federal Road Safety Corps the place I’ve spent the higher a part of my life striving so as to add some worth. My thoughts equally mirrored on international happenings, the continuing electioneering and the event within the United Kingdom.
October 1,additionally provided me the chance to replicate on driving in Nigeria after 34years because the Corps was established;on our potentials and feat in addition to our failures in moulding the driving habits among the many normal populace . I additionally mirrored on a few of my colleagues in uniform who until date assume that they’re above the legislation regardless of the numbers who’ve misplaced their lives in avoidable street visitors crashes. I mirrored on those who every day assault and bruise our operatives for daring to demand that they drive above board by respecting the principles guiding accountable behaviour.
While reflceting on our driving tradition, I attempted to distinction our driving with what obtains in the United Kingdom.I remembered that regardless of being a christain Nation, we’re extra non secular than they’re within the UK,but their driving is constructed round one of the treasured advantage in driving whereas the reverse is the case amongst us. What actually amazes me about the United Kingdom is the extent of persistence of the common driver in addition to the shared behavioural tendencies which is uncommon in our clime. For the information ,I have to remind you that in contrast to our clime with broad roads, their roads aren’t that broad. Equally attention-grabbing are a few of their roundabouts which may very well be missed by a primary time customer in contrast to ours the place the easy rule of giving solution to the motive force on the left isn’t adhered to until there’s a ftaffic officer to information us. .Despite these, it amazes me how patiently drivers within the United Kingdom with out the presence of street security Marshal,visitors wardens or bodily challenged folks turned visitors wardens,show a accountable sense of driving and sharing the street with others whereas hardly ever honking their horns. The reverse is the case right here the place nearly each driver competes on the perfect in honking.
My reflections dropped at my reminiscence, a chunk I as soon as did to seize the loopy driving behavior of the common driver .I’m tempted to seize snippets of that piece to drive dwelling my concern particularly as we progressively draw the curtains on the month of October preparatory to coming into the eleventh month of the 12 months after which the ultimate month of December when irresponsible driving is heightened all within the title of the air of celebrations.
If you learn my piece a fortnight in the past on tailgating ,you’ll recall my counsel on the should be affected person as I reminded you that tailgaters aren’t affected person drivers. This is why my focus right this moment is on the advantage known as persistence which a uncommon commodity amongst motorists. Patience is a advantage whereas impatience on the street is a reckless behavior. An impatient driver you have to know is as harmful as a distracted one. Impatience can and results in the next dangerous driving behaviour; rushing, tailgating, unlawful lane modifications in addition to street rage that are all potential reason behind street visitors crashes . How can impatient driving have an effect on you?
Let us take a look at what harmful driver impatience is .For the document, impatience can have an effect on nearly all of a drivers behavior on the wheel.For instance,a driver who’s dashing to spherical up with college runs will naturally velocity above the restrict permitted by the legislation. Drivers who tailgate or overtake wrongfully are all the time irritated by the sluggish driver forward or by the lengthy queue forward. This explains why some drivers overtake over two or extra automobiles as an alternative of proscribing themselves to the overtaking guidelines which allows you to overtake just one car at a time. The growing visitors mild infractions in cities comparable to Abuja,Lagos,Port Harcourt are borne out of impatience. This additionally explains different violations comparable to wrongful overtaking, and driving in opposition to the circulation of visitors.Impatient drivers are additionally extra more likely to run pink lights, ignore visitors indicators, or disregard others’ proper of method.
Globally,the United Nations and the World Health Organisation are battling on efficient methods to curp extreme rushing which is the primary killer on the street.The case in Nigeria will not be completely different.Excessive rushing which tops causative elements behind street visitors crashes in our clime is likely one of the most harmful habits of impatient drivers. A take a look at the information for street visitors crashes in Nigeria within the final 5 or extra years will reveal that extreme rushing all the time tops the chat whereas drink driving,use of telephone whereas driving amongst different infractions observe . Despite these scores,you have to realise that each drink driving,use of telephone whereas driving and different infractions are equally harmful driving habits to keep away from. Therefore, you shouldn’t ignore the dangers these pose as rushing and driver impatience are equally as harmful.
If you didn’t learn my piece on tailgating,I’ll advise that you just achieve this.This is as a result of tailgating like I wrote final week is one other driving behavior associated to impatience. Statistics reveals that in a superb variety of developed climes, a major variety of drivers concerned in street visitors crashes had been doing what I name ‘the kiss me I kiss you driving;that means they had been following the opposite car too carefully.
Impatient driving accounts for different dangerous driving behaviours that always result in avoidable street visitors crashes.These embrace improper lane modifications,failure to yield to different automobiles,operating pink lights or visitors lights infractions in addition to improper turns with out due discover to the car behind. One of the worst impatience driving associated behaviour is harmful driving or street rage.
As we progressively navigate this month of my birthday, please kindly replicate on the way you drove the previous ten months of 2022. Have you been driving patiently? Are you one of many rage drivers on the town? Do you let your private issues ;monetary or emotional have an effect on your driving? Do you could have a penchant for flouting visitors guidelines at will?All that’s required is a change in your driving habits. Imbibing persistence and being self-discipline stays elementary.
As we put together for an additional celebration in a few weeks, don’t get too religious. Pray as you drive however keep away from tempting God by passing the buck to him. In the phrases of an observer, “we’re the one being that has left all the pieces to the need of God whereas the remainder of the world is busy discovering options to questions of safety. We plead the blood, blame the satan, blame authorities and its businesses whereas our duty as residents who instantly bear the brunt of street crashes is performed down.