Advice on road safety
It is important to take care of your vehicle to ensure that it runs smoothly, and to protect it from the risk of dangerous breakdowns.
Keeping it in good condition also extends its life expectancy.
Always make sure you have observed all safety rules before driving.
It is safest to leave any faults you find to a professional. Never carry out repairs or maintenance tasks without proper training.
The purpose of the technical inspection is to check the conformity of all the essential components of the vehicle related to safety and the environment.
Order No. 011/A/MINT of 23 February 1998 regulating the technical inspection of vehicles recommends that technical inspections be carried out every 12 months for passenger cars and special vehicles. And between 03 and 06 months for other vehicles.
Vigilance on the road
Self-confidence is good, but being vigilant is even better. Many users feel that they are able to make or receive calls while driving, without their attention being impaired.
Even with a hands-free kit, using a phone while driving is dangerous because it reduces alertness and takes up part of your concentration.
Refrain from answering the phone while driving and take a phone break if you need to.
Driving while drunk or intoxicated is a dangerous act that can have serious material and human consequences. In Cameroon, it is considered an offense, and the offender can have his driving license withdrawn or suspended.
Speed is one of the most important causes of accidents in the world. In the face of danger, excessive speed reduces last-minute reaction time. It aggravates the damage by the increased violence of the impact. The inevitable consequence of any head-on collision at over 80km/h is death or very serious and irreversible damage.
Fatigue at the wheel is a real danger and increases the risk of an accident. In general, the signs are tingling of the eyes, stiffening of the neck, back pain and staring. It is different from drowsiness, which is characterized by difficulty staying awake and the risk of falling asleep, yawning, and having heavy eyelids.
Safety on board
Wearing a seatbelt is a safety requirement in a vehicle. This is one of the rules to be observed when the driver gets into the car. It is important to bear in mind that an impact at 50 km/h turns a 40 kg body into a one-tonne projectile, if it is not held in place by a suitable safety system.
There are some essential pieces of equipment that you should carry in your car, to ensure your safety and that of other passengers in the event of an accident.
The safety kit includes a fluorescent waistcoat and warning triangle, a fire extinguisher, motor oil, a spare wheel, and a window breaker. Among other equipment, bring a first aid kit (bandages, painkillers, disinfectant, scissors, sterile compresses, disposable gloves, etc.).