As part of its commitments to ensuring accident free and smooth road transit, OLX, one of the leading online trading platforms, has collaborated with the Lagos State Traffic Maintenance Agency (LASTMA) to educate Nigerians on five very important precautions to take to ensure they are safe when driving during the rainy season.
The leading online classifieds site OLX.com.ng provides a platform for Nigerians to buy and sell vehicles quickly and conveniently.
In addition to facilitating trade, OLX partners with government agencies and corporate organisations that are relevant and offer value to vehicle users.
Olawale Musa, General Manager of LASTMA at an event held held in Lagos recently advised road users that the following precautions should be taken when driving during the rainy season.
Musa said: “Road users are advised to be patient while driving in bad weather. To avoid major accidents, we advise that you limit your speed to a maximum of 60km/hr or even less as the case may be. Driving slowly also prevents the car from being damaged by hidden potholes. Road users should also use their hazard lights to alert other road users who have poor visibility.
“Getting stranded in the rain with a dead battery is not fun, and can easily be avoided. The typical lifespan of a battery is between 3-5 years. Wet weather can stress your battery, and humidity can cause terminal corrosion and minor electrical grounds that can drain it overnight. If your battery is over three years old, it is advisable you have it checked especially during the rainy season. A good indicator that the battery is getting weak is when it starts to sound sluggish during start up. Any mechanic can perform a simple test for battery strength. Buying a new battery is a whole lot better than getting stranded in the rain.
“Do not underestimate the importance of good traction for the slippery roads. Make sure your tyres are appropriate for the raining season by consulting a tyre repairer aka vulcaniser. Ensure that all tyres including the spare are properly inflated.
“Your windshield wipers will be used a lot during the rainy season. Top off the fluid and make sure you have a set of good blades. Water deposits can clog the tiny nozzles on windshield washers over time thankfully, these can be cleaned easily with a fine needle, which can also be used to nudge and re-aim the nozzles to adjust the spray pattern. If the washers are badly damaged, replacement washers with better spray patterns are relatively cheap and easily available.
“A fuel tank that is nearly empty could result in condensation forming on the inside walls of the fuel tank. Fluctuating temperatures can result in water getting inside the tank. It’s never a good idea to run your tank to near-empty any time of the year because you run the risk of getting stranded.
If you are involved in an accident or in any form of an emergency; Lagosians can dial these toll free lines 767 or 112. If you feel your car is not rainy season compliant, sell your old car on the OLX site using an OLX Champ and search for great deals on the site to buy exclusive offers on verified cars.”
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