What Traffic Law Enforcement Officers Want From You – Part 2
In a previous post, we identified and highlighted the required paper documentation that traffic officers expect from motorists in conformance with traffic laws. This post will identify other requirements that traffic law enforcement officers may ask from motorists.
Kindly note that this list consists of the basic requirements traffic law enforcement officers usually demand. In other words, beyond the listed required items enumerated in these articles, you may still run afoul of the law if you drove above the specified speed limit; or you drive with a crack on your windscreen. Such violations will attract a penalty.
For more on the full list of offences/violations and their penalties in Nigeria, please visit this webpage on the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) website; www.frsc.gov.ng/offences-and-penalties.
It bears repeating that these requirements for motorists and vehicle owners are majorly for the safety of the driver, the passengers (who may be family members) and other innocent road users – including pedestrians. It is in this light that huge emphasis is placed on safety equipment and signs as part of the requirements. Knowledge of traffic signs and regulations are also critical for this same purpose.
Below is a list of some key safety equipment you should have in your car every time you embark on a trip, they include:
Motor vehicles are powered by highly flammable fossil fuels – such as Premium Motor Spirit (PMS – Petrol) or Diesel – hence incidents of fire accidents involving vehicles are quite rampant. In 2015, the United States National Fire Protection Association recorded 174,000 vehicle incidents, which resulted in 445 deaths. How many times have you watched a vehicle suddenly burst into flames on Nigerian roads? The reality is sometimes grim! Having a fire extinguisher handy helps you fight the fire at infancy before it becomes monstrously uncontrollable. Traffic regulations provide that a vehicle is equipped with a high-quality fire extinguisher, which should be kept within easy reach. It should be lightweight and easy for use/operate when necessary.
You wouldn’t like the idea of being stranded due to a flat tyre and have no spare to replace, would you? Besides it being an important traffic requirement, having a spare in your vehicle is always a good idea. If you do not have a spare tyre, consider investing in one to have peace of mind as you ply Nigerian roads.
The authority also checks for expiring status of your car tyres. Most vehicle tyres have a 4-year validity period from their Date of Manufacture (DOM). Driving with expired tyres is very dangerous as they may blow out while the vehicle is in motion. Learn to check the state of your tyres periodically and change them as and when due.
Read also: Here’s How Your Tyre Can Serve You Longer
A Warning Triangle Sign (C Caution)
Warning Triangles comprise of a triangle structure with an open side and are normally placed on the road to alert other drivers that a motorist has a vehicular breakdown or emergency. It helps ensure that other moving motorists are aware that you are in need of assistance and more importantly indicates that the vehicle is immobilised so as to prevent a driver from driving into the static vehicle. These kinds of scenarios have resulted in the death of such unfortunate motorists.
Other important nice-to-have include a first aid kit, a jack, a torch light etc. In addition to these, it is also important that a driver understands some other basic driving habits that the law enforcement teams are constantly on the lookout for:
1. Fasten your seat belt as you drive.
2. Do not use the mobile phone whilst you drive.
3. Do not eat, drink and smoke while you drive.
4. Adhere strictly to the speed limits and other road signs
5. Be mindful of other road users
6. Obey traffic light indicators. The red light requires you stop; do not do otherwise until the green light is turned on
7. Use a GPS for safe navigation.
8. Fix any cracks on your windscreen and all damages to your vehicle.
9. Car headlights and all trafficator lights must be working.
10. Wash your car.
Once again for more information on most traffic offences and their penalties in Nigeria, kindly visit this web page on the FRSC website: www.frsc.gov.ng/offences-and-penalties.
On a final note, when it comes to safety on Nigerian roads, no article would be complete without a mention of having a comprehensive insurance policy. Because, when all else fails, you need to have a plan that ensures you do not lose all to the incident. The Leadway Auto Plan (LAP) is designed to provide a wide range of benefits that cover the loss of, or accidental damage to, the vehicle of the insured. It also indemnifies against damage to third-party vehicles and/or property, as well as third-party personal injury or death arising as a result of any accident from the use of the insured vehicle.
Depending on your preferences, we cover accidental damage to your own vehicle, loss or damage by theft or fire, damage to third-party property, and third-party bodily injury or death.
There are three different types of cover: Silver, Gold and Platinum. All of them are renewable annually, and all offer a comprehensive package. The premium rates are in accordance with the Motor Insurance Tariff with full cover on your own vehicle, along with third-party liability and additional discounts on your other vehicles.
The company will bear the reasonable cost of towing your damaged vehicle up to the sum of ₦30,000.00, a free tracking device valued at ₦2,500,000.00 and above, medical expenses on the insured and the other vehicle’s occupants to a limit of ₦100,000.00, accidental total and permanent disability to the insured to a limit of ₦1,000,000.00, and payment for third-party property damage up to ₦1,000,000.00.
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