The Federal Road Safety Corps has asked motorists to be conscious of the foggy weather condition, particularly the early morning and late evening mist usually associated with the harmattan season.
The FRSC advised motorists across the country to drive with lights on low beam in view of reflections from high beams, which heighten poor visibility and often lead to road crashes.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday noted that poor visibility happened when “the temperature drops to the dew point of saturated air which condenses to reduce visibility drastically and cut down the vision of a driver to 400 metres or less thus creating hazardous driving conditions.”
“On Monday this week, the Abuja-Lokoja highway experienced a thick fog which enveloped some parts of the corridor between 6.00am and 7.30 am, especially the 30km stretch between Yangoji and Awawa (near the NNPC pump station), with attendant visibility challenges beyond 70 metres on most stretches of the highway,” he said.
According to the corps commander, every road user should be careful during this period, adding that every driver should be safety-conscious and must adjust their driving to meet the conditions on the road.
“In view of prevailing climatic conditions, motorists are further reminded of the need to embark on daily routine check of their vehicles before entering the road. Aside from the wipers, brakes, non-defective windscreen and functional lights, it is instructive to check radiators for water, defrosters and use coolant to keep the vehicle engine within normal range,” he added.
Agwu also urged road users to avoid used and worn-out tyres as well as desist from over inflating or under inflating their tyres, saying bad tyres are catalysts for road crashes.