Christmas in Ghana is all about joy and happiness (and choofi, if you’re into that kind of thing).
But the festive period in Ghana is not usually just an amazing period where people make merry, it also sometimes is a period when lots of accidents that lead to deaths occur.
And to help you through the season, here is a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for all celebrating Christmas in Ghana on the little tips and tricks that can help you survive the craziness that comes with the festive period.
10 TIPS FOR SAFETY DURING CHRISTMAS IN GHANA
- ALWAYS use your seat belt.
- Do NOT drink and drive – Statistics have shown that lots of accident-related occur when the driver is under the influence of alcohol. So, avoid doing this to save your life and lives of other road users.
- Obey all traffic rules and officials enforcing these traffic laws. – If you need a refresher course in what the guidelines and rules of thumb to drive safely in Ghana is here’s a great web resource – Practical summary of the Ghana Highway Code
- Exercise patience and avoid road rage. Learning how to deal with road rage can help you sidestep the dangerous nightmare that often follows an aggressive road rage incident. Back off from aggressive drivers. When another driver cuts you off, how you react will determine what happens next.
- Avoid fighting/arguing with other motorists.
- Do NOT use your phone while driving – Studies show that using a mobile phone while driving means you’re four times more likely to crash.
- Use pedestrian bridges – Like the new one at the world famous “Spanner Junction”. Just use it please.
- Avoid speeding – This is a major cause of fatal road crashes.
- Do NOT drive when you are tired – Studies have shown that an estimated 20% of accidents are sleep-related.
- Check and CHECK AGAIN – ALWAYS take a safety check of your vehicle before leaving your house in order ensure that your vehicle is in a good operating condition.