Harmattan: Road Safety Authority cautions drivers to be extra careful



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The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has cautioned all drivers to be extra careful and vigilant while driving in order to prevent road accidents.

The authority which observed a change in the weather pattern resulting in an outburst of dry and hazy conditions stated that,”This situation noted with the harmattan seasons often creates visibility challenges for motorists especially at dawn and after sunset.”

In a press statement by the authority, it noted that driving in these conditions is considered hazardous to road users and requires a lot of tact and good judgment.

“The Authority cautions that drivers adapt their driving to the changing weather condition by observing the following; 1. Use low beam headlights* *2. Leave a reasonable distance between you and other vehicles* *3. Exercise patience* *4. Keep your windows and mirrors clean* *5. Avoid high speeds,” the Authority stated.

The Authority also cautioned pedestrian road users who exercise by walking and jogging to also wear reflective clothing to improve their visibility in order to reduce their risk of being knocked down.

Below is the statement by the authorities with more road safety tips:

*NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY  AUTHORITY*
*FEBRUARY 14, 2020*
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
*ADAPT DRIVING TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITION*
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has in recent days observed a change in the weather pattern resulting in an outburst of dry and hazy conditions. This situation noted with the harmattan seasons often creates visibility challenges for motorists especially at dawn and after sunset.
Driving in these conditions is considered hazardous to road users and requires a lot of tact and good judgment.
The Authority cautions that drivers adapt their driving to the changing weather condition by observing the following;
*1. Use low beam headlights*
*2. Leave a reasonable distance between you and other vehicles*
*3. Exercise patience*
*4. Keep your windows and mirrors clean*
*5. Avoid high speeds*
*6. Avoid unnecessary overtaking and*
*7. Carry your Double-Function Advance warning triangles and place them at a distance of not less than 45meters, where necessary.*
Pedestrian road users who exercise by walking and jogging must also wear reflective clothing to improve their visibility in order to reduce their risk of being knocked down.
Road safety starts with you. Drive and walk safely.
*Issued by the Communications Unit of the Authority*

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