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5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by AutoJoshNG: 12:32pm On Nov 22, 2018
Driving a car is not always as easy as it seems to be. Most especially in an environment with no rigid driving rules and also has reckless road users in it.

When driving, concentration is very critical and can never be overemphasized. This implies that when driving you should neglect everything that can bring about major divided attention. Some things like using your mobile phone (especially typing messages), playing very loud music, sampling any waist you see on the road (especially big ones), heated up arguments and lots of it. All these will catalyze you into not paying the necessary attention you need while driving.

You also should not forget we are in an environment filled with several mad and lawless road users.

When you critically analyze the matter, our supposed law enforcement agencies that should be concerned about safety of road users are busy doing little or nothing. This is why your safety should be your priority. You have the obligation and duty to always keep yourself safe at all times. Keeping other road users safe is important as well.


Below are some of the 5 mistakes you should carefully avoid when driving.


1. Opening your car door without properly looking around:

This is a very common mistake people make most times. The mistake is opening your door without carefully looking around if something is approaching.

The mistake alone is not just done by the driver; other occupants in the car can be guilty of this.

Before you open the door, make sure you properly look around. Check if someone is walking towards the door or if any bike is approaching.

It is also the duty of the driver to remind the passengers to look around before opening their doors.



2. Using the turn signal at the wrong time:


Some drivers have it as a habit of using their turn signal just when they approach where they want to turn to. This is very wrong and should be avoided. This is a very big problem for the car following and it can result to a collision.

If possible, actuate your turn signal when you are 50-100 meters from the place you want to turn to. This will send the proper message to every other car coming behind you to give way.

Ensure your turn signals are all functioning properly.



3. Abruptly cutting-in after overtaking:

There is much to overtaking most especially on a highway when cars are on high speed. It’s not just moving past a car; a lot are to be considered. You have to be calculative enough to ensure that you can make the overtaking once you start. What does this mean? Check for cars coming in the opposite direction; is the distance enough to accommodate the time you overtake?

You should also ensure you know the condition of your car before overtaking. Some cars are not very responsive even when you slam the throttle to the mat. So you have to consider all those things.

Overtaking Rules According to Nigeria Highway Code

Another crucial thing is getting back to your lane after overtaking. Some people are so quick to switch back to their lane regardless of the car they overtook being so close to them. After overtaking, give the car you overtook a reasonable amount of gap before going back to your lane. Failure to do this can land you where you wouldn’t like to be.




4. Driving with no side mirrors:

Your side mirrors are your third eye when driving. They are what you can use to know what is happening behind you. With them you can know the proper time to take certain decisions. Don’t make the mistake of driving without side mirrors. The center rear-view mirror isn’t enough; side mirrors will give you wider views of your back.



5: Driving without your seat belt:

Statistics have revealed that your chance of being injured in an accident and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced if you are wearing your seat belt. It is strongly recommended that the driver and all passengers buckle up every time they are on board.

Make sure you buckle up before starting that your journey. Stay safe



https://autojosh.com/driving-mistakes-avoid-carefully/

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by nurey(m): 12:42pm On Nov 22, 2018
go and preach it to danfos drivers

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by oladele00(m): 2:02pm On Nov 22, 2018
Avoid thinking of artikulating for the old haggard man in Adamawa

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by TaxCollector: 2:02pm On Nov 22, 2018
No look yanch shotey you go bash your car.

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by asdfjklhaha(f): 2:03pm On Nov 22, 2018
ok
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by obainojazz(m): 2:04pm On Nov 22, 2018
grin

6) Stopping to pick any Nigerian slay queen

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by calebfm(m): 2:04pm On Nov 22, 2018
no be for naija where we dey, wey even our president is lawless. him no respect rule of law Na danfo drivers go con adhere to this your warnings?

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by Femich18(m): 2:09pm On Nov 22, 2018
nurey:
go and preach it to danfos drivers
hmmmm....we all need it. But sincerely i don't know why those danfo drivers drive as if they are animals.
Even those keke Drivers now are now imitating them. keke drivers are always in a hurry, i don't know where they are hurrying to

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by DeeTweenie(f): 2:09pm On Nov 22, 2018
I think keke drivers need this more, those keke drivers at AJAH eh their own pass expert riders.

Thanks for the infor.

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by naija4all(m): 2:11pm On Nov 22, 2018
All true and very educative.
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by kernniejay(m): 2:16pm On Nov 22, 2018
Highly disappointed in this post, these are not what I expect to see, I thought there will be something unique, meaningful and impactful to read.

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by NessaBoo(f): 2:18pm On Nov 22, 2018
Why would any sane person drive without side mirrors, except you're former commercial bus driver. grin

Commercial Busses in Lagos rarely have side mirrors.

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by OmoManU: 2:21pm On Nov 22, 2018
Last and second last don't apply to Nigeria, go and c Danfo

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by Kreamie(m): 2:22pm On Nov 22, 2018
NONE OF THESE APPLIES TO RHE NIGERIAN COMMERICAL DRIVERS

ESPECIALLY THE MENACE CALLED THE DANFO DRIVERS. THEYRE THE WORST.
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by Ayobami7(m): 2:25pm On Nov 22, 2018
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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by dingbang(m): 2:26pm On Nov 22, 2018
Drivers in Nigeria love to rush
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by desgiezd(m): 2:26pm On Nov 22, 2018
Femich18:

hmmmm....we all need it. But sincerely i don't know why those danfo drivers drive as if they are animals.
Even those keke Drivers now are now imitating them. keke drivers are always in a hurry, i don't know where they are hurrying to

Keke drivers are now the new face of nuisance on our roads. Before now, it used to be okada riders but they have taken over from the okada guys. They have become so lawless without any form of regard for other road users particularly in VI, Ikoyi and Ajah

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Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by nurey(m): 2:28pm On Nov 22, 2018
Femich18:

hmmmm....we all need it. But sincerely i don't know why those danfo drivers drive as if they are animals.
Even those keke Drivers now are now imitating them. keke drivers are always in a hurry, i don't know where they are hurrying to

The fear of deliver money is the beginning of hurry hurry tongue
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by FolabiSanjay(m): 2:29pm On Nov 22, 2018
You sha want Dangote to give you N250k...
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by jagabee: 2:29pm On Nov 22, 2018
thanks for sharing info
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by dadabashua1(m): 2:37pm On Nov 22, 2018
a very nice and educative write up....most drivers are guilty of number 2...It can be very annoying and risky I must say.
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AutoJoshNG:
Driving a car is not always as easy as it seems to be. Most especially in an environment with no rigid driving rules and also has reckless road users in it.

When driving, concentration is very critical and can never be overemphasized. This implies that when driving you should neglect everything that can bring about major divided attention. Some things like using your mobile phone (especially typing messages), playing very loud music, sampling any waist you see on the road (especially big ones), heated up arguments and lots of it. All these will catalyze you into not paying the necessary attention you need while driving.

You also should not forget we are in an environment filled with several mad and lawless road users.

When you critically analyze the matter, our supposed law enforcement agencies that should be concerned about safety of road users are busy doing little or nothing. This is why your safety should be your priority. You have the obligation and duty to always keep yourself safe at all times. Keeping other road users safe is important as well.


Below are some of the 5 mistakes you should carefully avoid when driving.


1. Opening your car door without properly looking around:

This is a very common mistake people make most times. The mistake is opening your door without carefully looking around if something is approaching.

The mistake alone is not just done by the driver; other occupants in the car can be guilty of this.

Before you open the door, make sure you properly look around. Check if someone is walking towards the door or if any bike is approaching.

It is also the duty of the driver to remind the passengers to look around before opening their doors.



2. Using the turn signal at the wrong time:


Some drivers have it as a habit of using their turn signal just when they approach where they want to turn to. This is very wrong and should be avoided. This is a very big problem for the car following and it can result to a collision.

If possible, actuate your turn signal when you are 50-100 meters from the place you want to turn to. This will send the proper message to every other car coming behind you to give way.

Ensure your turn signals are all functioning properly.



3. Abruptly cutting-in after overtaking:

There is much to overtaking most especially on a highway when cars are on high speed. It’s not just moving past a car; a lot are to be considered. You have to be calculative enough to ensure that you can make the overtaking once you start. What does this mean? Check for cars coming in the opposite direction; is the distance enough to accommodate the time you overtake?

You should also ensure you know the condition of your car before overtaking. Some cars are not very responsive even when you slam the throttle to the mat. So you have to consider all those things.

Overtaking Rules According to Nigeria Highway Code

Another crucial thing is getting back to your lane after overtaking. Some people are so quick to switch back to their lane regardless of the car they overtook being so close to them. After overtaking, give the car you overtook a reasonable amount of gap before going back to your lane. Failure to do this can land you where you wouldn’t like to be.




4. Driving with no side mirrors:

Your side mirrors are your third eye when driving. They are what you can use to know what is happening behind you. With them you can know the proper time to take certain decisions. Don’t make the mistake of driving without side mirrors. The center rear-view mirror isn’t enough; side mirrors will give you wider views of your back.



5: Driving without your seat belt:

Statistics have revealed that your chance of being injured in an accident and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced if you are wearing your seat belt. It is strongly recommended that the driver and all passengers buckle up every time they are on board.

Make sure you buckle up before starting that your journey. Stay safe



https://autojosh.com/driving-mistakes-avoid-carefully/

Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by blingxx(m): 2:54pm On Nov 22, 2018
nurey:
go and preach it to danfos drivers
or dangote truck drivers grin
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by majamajic(m): 2:56pm On Nov 22, 2018
ajah Keke , are the worst drivers in Lagos, they normally come at the middle of the road on a very slow Keke pace, during traffic they keep 'knuckling' your side mirror till it fall off.
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by deebrownneymar: 3:36pm On Nov 22, 2018
But who would open the door while driving?
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by Hoodbilonia: 3:42pm On Nov 22, 2018
u wan form say u na transporter for double lane express
u come over take at speed of 160km/h engine come off
na rip o
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by Heybeedee(m): 4:09pm On Nov 22, 2018
Hoodbilonia:
u wan form say u na transporter for double lane express
u come over take at speed of 160km/h engine come off
na rip o

u mean engine fit tick off at that kinda speed considering the fuel supply when throttle down?
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by Hoodbilonia: 4:10pm On Nov 22, 2018
yes na
motor dey fail o
i don see am before
them driver confuse
based on say na auto
Heybeedee:

u mean engine fit tick off at that kinda speed considering the fuel supply when throttle down?
Re: 5 Mistakes You Should Carefully Avoid When Driving by gotnel: 4:26pm On Nov 22, 2018
Take care whenever you driving. Don't share your attention.

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