Motorists have been advised not to struggle with other road users while driving in order to avert crashes that can claim lives and cause injuries to people.
This piece of advice came from a one-day seminar organised by Elizade Nigeria Limited for drivers of Toyota vehicles in Lagos.
The drivers were also enjoined to keep to the maintenance schedule of the vehicles as specified by the automakers to safe fuel, money and avert major repair cost.
Drivers of sport utility vehicles are also warned to stop competing with cars on the road in terms of speed as higher vehicles have lower stability than small vehicles.
The Deputy Route Commander, the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Oluwaseun Alogun, who was one of the resource persons at the seminar spoke on techniques of defensive driving.
According to him, although drivers are enjoined to give way to the traffic on a major road or on the left as stipulated by the traffic law, defensive drivers do not claim any right.
He said a good driver would drive carefully and protect not only his life and those in his vehicle but also avert any act that could affect the lives of other road users.
He stressed the need for all motorists to be conscious of everything around them while driving and urged them to avoid things that could distract them such as idle talk with other passengers, making or receiving telephone call, eating and drinking.
The Managing Director, Elizade Nigeria, Mr. Ademola Ade-Ojo, who was represented at the event by the company’s Finance Director, Mr. Abel Ajayi, urged owners and drivers of Toyota vehicles to always maintain their vehicles in order to serve them well.
He said they should use approved service workshops and stick to the stipulated maintenance schedule to save cost and avert stress.
Elizade gave the maintenance schedule of Toyota vehicles as 5,000km for lubrication and cleaning; 10,000km for lubrication and adjustment; 20,000km for lubrication and replacement; and 40,000km, combining all the first three stages.