Understanding the risk of failing to detect hazards on the roadways

Road transport is the predominant mode of transportation for people and products in Ghana. Every day thousands of people travel by road for business or leisure. Unfortunately, there is a lot of buying and selling on Ghanaian roads, pedestrians, motorcycles, beggars, etc. These contribute to the high number of road crashes.

The good news is there is something you can do not to become a statistic. Driving involves visual, manual, and cognitively demanding tasks that require our full attention. We can not control others, but we can control our behavior while behind the wheel. It is necessary to scan for hazards while driving constantly.

Today, distracted drivers are on the rise due to the number of people using handheld devices, such as texting, talking on the phone, changing music, and programming Google maps. While driving, your complete focus is required; no text message, song, destination, and phone call is more valuable than your life. Make safety your priority today.

Always scan for road hazards. While driving, you will encounter peddlers, beggars, pedestrians, potholes, rough roads, and aggressive drivers. Ensure you are not only vigilant but cautious when driving around these hazards. Make sure to reduce your speed and increase your stopping distance. Understand that braking is not a matter of luck; it’s a matter of mental preparedness. #DriverSafety #FleetManagement #SafetyFirst

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