NIGERIAN roads especially expressways are dangerous at the moment, not just because of bad conditions, but also because of the frequent kidnappings by bandits on the roads. As a lot of people would be going through the roads especially now that the rail and air means are equally not exempted from bandit attacks.
Let us share with you 5 secrets to safe travelling along most of our roads today.
1) Avoid night journeys along the roads:
A lot of people prefer night journeys to day journeys, but these days, night journey shouldn’t be a preference. It’s mostly at night that the bandits and kidnappers carry out their plans on roads, especially as the security personnels on the roads would have reduced.
If you can’t make your journey during the day, schedule the journey for the following day, rather than travelling at night. Remember the train attack that happened weeks ago at the Kaduna–Abuja railway, it was a night attack, it didn’t happen during the day.
2) Always travel in groups:
Even while traveling in daytime, make sure to travel in groups. By groups we don’t mean group of people, but group of cars. Don’t be a loner. Make sure that vehicles are always in front of your vehicle and also behind you. Once you notice that there are no vehicles in sight ahead of you, make a pause and wait for a while till you can assume that all is well.
3) Make sure your car is in good condition before travelling:
Now this is very important. Before travelling on the road, especially inter-township or inter-state, run a total checkup on your car to ensure that it is in good condition.
This is because in the event that your car breaks down on the road, you’d not only be stranded, but you’d also be prone to attack or kidnap, especially if it happens in a secluded area.
If you happen to have a flat tire, move on with it until you get to a safe place, before you change it. If there is a complete breakdown such that you can’t move on with the car, call for help immediately. Do not hesitate.
4) Be wary of checkpoints:
Both the Police and the Army setup checkpoints along our roads, but some of these bandits and kidnappers have been known to disguise as either the Police or Army by setting up their own checkpoints.and wearing security uniforms Therefore, be wary of them. Before you get to a checkpoint, make sure a good number of vehicles are ahead of you.
5) Be focused and be prayerful:
Don’t be distracted by either your passengers or your travel partners, but be focused and always look ahead of you while driving. Also be prayerful, committing your journey in the hands of God.