- The Accra-Tema Motorway records more accidents on rainy days
- YEN.com.gh takes a look at five measures that can be put in place to ensure safety
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The Accra-Tema Motorway is known for usual incidents of accidents especially on rainy days.
During heavy rains, the smooth concrete stretch becomes slippery leading to an increased rate of skidding. This has led to many cases of accidents on the popular road commuted on by many drivers in Ghana.
A report by the University of Ghana on ugspace.ug.edu.gh indicated that 79.2% of responses gathered from drivers show that the Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) usually occur when it rains.
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YEN.com.gh has a compilation of five safe measures that drivers can put in place to ensure they are safe when using the Accra-Tema Motorway on a rainy day.
1. Avoid negotiating sharp curves
Due to the smooth nature of the concrete road, the surface becomes highly slippery when it gets wet with rainwater.
Cars are able to skid-off even more easily when they attempt to weave their ways through. It is safer to ensure that curvy movements are made in a gentle manner.
2. Speed moderately
Speeding on a smooth wet road increases the risk of collision when negotiating sharp dangerous curves. In the event of sudden occurrences, reacting becomes more dangerous as skidding is more likely to occur.
To be safer, speed must be very moderate.
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3. Keep safe distance from leading vehicles
Many road users could make dangerous errors because of the slipperiness of the road. It is safe to keep a distance behind the vehicle ahead to safely react in case the driver ahead makes a mistake.
4. Overtake only when necessary
Wrongful overtaking is riskier during rainy days because of the high risk of skidding. Staying calm and gently moving ahead of a car when necessary is safer.
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5. Be alert
Because of the high risk on rainy days, it safe to psyche one's mind for unexpected events. Being alert makes it easier to react if anything pops up.
Meanwhile, a very inspirational picture has gone viral on social media of young pupils who appear to be in their lower primary paying a visit to their injured colleague.
The emotional picture was cited by YEN.com.gh on Ghana the Black Star of Africa's Facebook page.
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