The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has released the Road Transport data for the third quarter of 2017; July to September, stating that 1,070 Nigerians have lost their lives within three months, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,743 in the last nine months.
The first quarter report revealed that 1, 466 people died, while 1, 207 lives were lost in the second quarter.
The report, also revealed that 815 were males, 255 females with 981 being adults, and 89 children.
According to NBS, the major cause of accidents was speed violation (44.51%), followed by loss of control (10.415), while dangerous driving recorded (9.52%).
It stated that 6,419 of the 6,803 Nigerians who got injured, representing (94.4%) of the figure, were adults, while the remaining 384 Nigerians, (5.7%) were children.
Remarkably, the data indicated that the number of deaths through road accidents had gradually reduced.
Here are few safety tips to consider when driving:
1. Follow Traffic signals: one is expected to strictly pay attention, obey and follow the traffic lights.
2. Wear seatbelt always: your seat belt is very important and essential, wear them regularly as they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or, worse, thrown through the windshield and flung completely out of the vehicle.
3. Maintain a safe distance between your car and the one in front of you: Drivers are advised to keep a safe distance between themselves and the car ahead so as to have enough time to react if such car stops or make a sudden turn.
4. Reduce driving speed in raining and wet seasons: in less perfect weather like rainy, drivers should be extra careful, drive below speed limits and follow guidelines.
5. Watch out for other vehicles when trying to maneuver, turn or overtake: Drivers should understand that they share the road with other users, caution must be ensured.
6. Ensure all vehicle lights and indicators are working properly: Before hitting the road, do a test run and maintenance of your automobile.
7. Obey speed signs and limits: speed signs and limits are posted to maximize safety for drivers and individuals, stick to them.
8. Do not text and drive: Phones and gadgets should be kept away while driving, they cause distraction.
9. Do not drink and drive: Drivers should endeavor to avoid alcohol when on the wheels, it is also unacceptable to drive under its influence.
10. When feeling sleepy or dizzy, stop to take a rest or nap: You might think a few yawns are nothing to worry about, but just being a little drowsy is enough to increase your risk of getting in an accident.
11. Do not make or receive calls while driving and if you must do, ensure you are on hands-free (earphones).