Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:57 am
By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke
You must have heard road mishaps that happened because the driver slept off while driving. These calamities usually happen after only a few seconds winks. There are other circumstances whereby, the driver sleeps briefly in traffic only to be woken up by the irrational honking of fellow road users. This is a frequent occurrence in Lagos traffic.
The reason for this is not farfetched. It is because many Nigerians don’t sleep. You arrive home after a long night indulgence at a hotel in Lagos yet, you have to drive to Abeokuta the following day. Not to worry. You can successfully drive to anywhere in Nigeria and still stay away if you apply these tricks. This will help you stay safe behind the wheels.
Make regular stops
You should make frequent stops during a long drive to stretch your legs whether you are alone in the car or not. This stops will keep you more alert when you restart your trip. Importantly, be mindful of where you stop. It is better to stop at fueling stations or restaurants.
Avoid driving after midnight
If you are still behind the wheels after midnight, it is advisable you temporarily halt the trip and lodge in a hotel. Normally, our body is built to sleep around that time. So, to avoid any accident, just search for a hotel wherever you and pass the night there.
Drive with a friend
This is perhaps the best way to stay awake during any drive. This is because you can chat with your friend. And your friend can also take your place whenever you are tired.
Chew gum and let the music play
Chewing gum and music can help you keep your eyes on the road. So, do not hesitate to buy gum and play your favourite music. It doesn’t have to be music. But at least something should be playing in your car to distract you.
Don’t drink alcohol
Many drivers think that drinking alcohol will make them very alert behind the wheels. Yes, you may be alert but you be overly aggressive and drive recklessly. By the way, drivers driving under the influence of alcohol should not be allowed near a car. This could cost him his life.
Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE, PR Associate @ Jumia Travel