The Federal Road Safety Corps Sector Commander in Bauchi State, Mr. Abdulrazak Najume, has observed that many road accidents occur when drivers swerve to the left when trying to avoid potholes.
Najume said this while speaking to journalists in Bauchi on Tuesday.
He said that rather than swerving to the left in a bid to avoid potholes, drivers should instead swerve to their right if they must in order to avoid colliding with vehicles from the opposite lane.
Najume said, “Many drivers do dodge small potholes to their left hand side instead of entering it. If they must dodge potholes, they should dodge to their right hand side.
“It is suicide dodging potholes to the left hand side; but if you must go by the left, you must be sure that you are safe from vehicles that are coming from the opposite direction.
“Most drivers do not know this and those who are aware don’t adhere to the rules; this is why most of them end up in head-on collision because nothing can stop a vehicle on speed.
“Most alarming is that some road users, not only swerve to the left while avoiding obstacles, but do so at sharp bends where they cannot see anything coming from the opposite direction.
“This is why we always educate them to always keep and maintain their lane,” he said.
While reiterating the need for strict adherence to road traffic rules and regulations, he lamented that many of drivers were either not qualified to drive or drove under the influence of alcohol and banned drugs.