Drivers Advised To Undergo Defensive Training

Commercial and personal drivers should undergo training on defensive driving in a reputable government approved and accredited training school in order to enhance safety and curb crisis on the road.

The Operation Manager of ACE Driving center, Port Harcourt, Mr. Tamunokuro Fuayefika Loveday who made the assertion in a chat with our correspondent in his office in Port Harcourt said such training would provide full knowledge of road signs, how to drive defensively and not offensively, vehicle handling and care as well as good knowledge of what professional driving is about.

He said such training at a government accredited school for company drivers is important, as it would save lives, company assets and time, adding that companies should ensure that all their drivers, be it convoy, truck, heavy duty and industrial lift machines amongst others are trained by an accredited driving school.

The manager further called on the Federal and State governments to introduce road safety education into the school curriculum from primary, secondary and tertiary in order to teach the young one as obtained in many countries.

According to him, introduction of driver’s education in schools would help reduce illiteracy on road and teach the theoretical aspect before they enroll in a government accredited driving school for the practical after their educational career from 18 years and above, adding that it would also help curb accident rate on the road.

Fuayefika also called for regular public enlightenment by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other relevant authorities to assist in order to save lives.

He however condemned the manner in which some convoy or company drivers flout traffic laws by driving against traffic with siren blasts, and appealed to the relevant authorities to take appropriate actions to serve as deterrents to others.

Fuayefika advised motorists to always be on alert mentally and physically, avoid driving in the rain or at night, avoid  driving while on phone and obey road signs as the lives of other occupants are in the hands of the drivers.

The driving school manager warned that accidents cause injury, death, or permanent disability, therefore drivers and the vehicle should rest after three hours movement to avoid fatigue.

He commended the Rivers state government for the good road network, and hope that all internal roads will be constructed during the second tenure of Governor Nyesom Wike.

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