Stakeholders at the First Nigerian Drivers Conference held in Lagos over the weekend have been advised Nigerian drivers both professionals and non- professionals alike on new techniques to drive safely on the roads in the country and to avoid road crushes.
Miss Angela Iyeke of Jobberman.com while speaking on the topic” the driver of today, tomorrow and the future” noted that basic driving deals with the ability of a driver to think fast, be tech savvy, understand road signs and also undertake regular maintenance of their vehicle.
According to her, drivers should update themselves to know how to use the Google navigation on their mobile phones to know road direction and how to navigate the roads when there is traffic gridlock.
She lamented that the drivers of today understand only one sentence ‘I drive you and you pay me’ and urged those who are professionally engaged in driving to ensure that they get their job description in a written format to avoid being used for other jobs outside their schedule of duty.
On his part Engr. H.O Balogun of Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) who represented Engr. A. G. Toriola Director, State Vehicle Inspection Service attributed the increase in death on our road to 80 percent human errors and others on lack of vehicle maintenance.
Balogun advised the drivers to always arm themselves with valid documents for their vehicles, adding the type of Driving license used in Lagos State include, the Unified National Driving Licence for all drivers and Lagos State Drivers Institute Recertification card meant for professional Drivers.
Mr Demola Egbinola, Managing Director Tyre Protector, Nigeria noted that major causes of tyre blow out is under inflation of the tyres which roll on the road and the air in the tyres expands , while the resultant effect is a blowout.
Egbinola explained that tyre protector is a solution for tyre which repairs 98 percent of punctures instantly and permanently, reduce downtimes, extends tyre life, eliminate under inflation and improves safety among others.
Also speaking, Mr Alex Anaba, National Manager IBA, Leadway Assurance Company Limited advised drivers to at least have a third party insurance as a remedy in case of accident, adding that a lot of people do not know that the third party insurance takes care of any damage to a third party vehicle once the amount of damage is not above one million Naira.
He said that ignorance of what the drivers are carrying often make them to engage in fighting for minor accident on the road that can easily be taking off them by the third party insurance company if they have genuine policy document.
Mr Felix Nnuji CEO Technology Avenue and Event Co-ordinator Nigerian Drivers Conference and Exhibitions (NDCE) while speaking with Daily Time on the essence of the conference, stated that the concept is to add value to the society, something that people can actually relate with due the recent road accidents that have occurring in the country.
The aim of the conference, he added is for the drivers professionals, non-professional, people that deal with automobile and pedestrians to come and learnt new techniques of safety and driving on the roads.
He added that the slogan ‘drive safety’ is meant to warn drivers to be cautious of people around them like the pedestrian, motorcyclists while driving on the roads.
He called on organisations and especially the government to join the campaign to promote, and create more awareness through this Nigerian Drivers Conference and Exhibitions in other states in the country.
Commenting on doing the campaign in other state, Nnuji said that different operate different laws when it comes to driving and road related issues.