Harmattan: Road Safety Authority Warns Motorists To Be Extra Careful
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has cautioned drivers to be extra careful due to poor visibility caused by the worsening harmattan.
The NRSA noted that the harmattan season often creates visibility challenges for motorists, especially at dawn and after sunset and, therefore, driving in these conditions is considered “hazardous to road users and requires a lot of tact and good judgment.”
To this end, the Authority has cautioned that drivers adapt their driving to the changing weather condition by observing the following;
1. Use low beam headlights
2. Leave a reasonable distance between you and other vehicles
3. Exercise patience
4. Keep your windows and mirrors clean
5. Avoid high speed
6. Avoid unnecessary overtaking and
7. Carry your double-function advance warning triangles and place them at a distance of not less than 45 meters where necessary.
Pedestrian road users who exercise by walking and jogging, have also been advised to wear reflective gear to improve their visibility in order to reduce the risk of they being knocked down.
The Ghana Meteorological Agency has also said the recent harmattan being experienced across the country will continue till Sunday, 16 February 2020.
In a statement, the agency said the atmosphere will remain dry and hazy with a drastic reduction in visibility of not less than 1 km to a little above 3 km.