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Lately on the news, there have been reports of serious/fatal accidents occurring on this Third Mainland bridge. The latest being that a commercial bus nearly plunged into the lagoon. it's shocking to know this and we pray not to fall victim to this scourge.
If you have driven or taken a ride on this bridge, you will notice it's quite long, about 13km long, the second longest in Africa according to stats. it would be quite tempting to wish to gun your vehicle when you get onto that bridge. that is the scary part.
Speeding is quite delightful when you see yourself moving past cars and leaving a trail of dust behind them like you are headed for the finish line. it's a feel good experience, no doubt. but the danger in it far exceeds the joy you derive.
I repeat, please, I repeat, there is one component of a car that you can never guarantee it's state at every point in time and that's the tyre. a tyre can fail you at any point in time, be it brand new or used. This is one thing that has eluded tyre manufacturers. why? because under driving conditions, a tyre is under stress. stress of heat on ground, weight in car, surface of road and also air pressure. that's is why the advice to drive at safe speed is always presented.
Third mainland bridge speed limit advises 70km/hr for cars and 50km/hr for buses and trucks. but this is Nigeria, those sign posts only serve to beautify the road. it's a sad phenomenon.
Tyre blowout is the chief cause of fatal accidents. it makes you to suddenly lose control of your steering and the vehicle to lose balance which ultimately leads to somersaults. the only way you can stay safe in a tire blowout is driving at safe speed. Max of 90km/hr. even a rookie driver can stop the car safely.
Avoid temptation of speed, drive safe. if you are in a commercial bus, you need to raise your voice and yell at driver to slow down,.first off, commercial drivers are ignorant and they are in a hurry to achieve their daily target. don't become their pawn. your life is at stake here. life has no replacement. be smart.
Third mainland bridge has no demons or "mammy water" that calls for blood. the accidents are all caused by human beings. today is a brand new day. let's all stay safe.
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