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How to achieve peace-of-mind road trips this holiday


As the Eid Al Fitr holidays approach, excitement gradually fills the air. Families make plans, friends coordinate meetups, and travelers gear up for adventures. For many Nigerians, the Eid Al Fitr or Sallah holiday—as it is popularly known in Nigeria—means one thing above all else: road trips. It is a time to hit the expressways, explore new destinations, and create unforgettable memories with families and friends.

Road trips have a unique way of bringing people together. They create an unforgettable experience while allowing storytelling, playing games, or simply enjoying the serenity of the passing landscape; the bond forged during these journeys is irreplaceable. From the short trips from our houses to the nearby supermarkets or places of worship to even longer journeys visiting relatives afar or going to the places where we found joy, one thing became evident: our laughter knew no bounds.

Approach with care

But amidst the laughter and adventure, there’s an underlying awareness of the uncertainties that come with travel – the fear of not knowing what happens next. While you are a careful driver obeying all traffic laws, some do not care about those and pose severe risks to other road users. It only takes one reckless driver to turn a joyful journey into a nightmare.

Even outside of festive periods, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports an alarming statistic: an average of 24 Nigerians lose their lives every day due to road accidents. This figure escalates during symbolic holidays when a significant number of people embark on road journeys.

In 2023 alone, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) recorded a staggering toll: 1,349 fatalities and 7,744 injuries resulting from 2,463 accidents involving 3,965 vehicles. During these moments of joy, festivities, and laughter, road accidents peak, often attributable to impatience, failure to obey traffic rules, over speeding, distractions from mobile phones or conversations, and inadequately maintained vehicle components like brakes, tyres, and steering systems.

Let’s change the narrative

But how can we avoid or reduce these alarming numbers of road accidents? Firstly, education and awareness campaigns play a pivotal role. We can instill a culture of responsibility among road users by disseminating information about safe driving practices, the consequences of reckless behaviour, and the importance of adhering to traffic laws. Additionally, stringent enforcement of traffic regulations is essential. Implementing measures such as increased law enforcement presence, automated speed cameras, and penalties for traffic violations serve as deterrents, promoting compliance and reducing accident rates.

Secondly, investing in road infrastructure and safety measures is imperative. Improving road conditions, enhancing signage, lighting, and implementing traffic calming measures can mitigate hazards and improve road safety. Furthermore, promoting advanced vehicle safety technologies, such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control, can significantly reduce the likelihood and severity of accidents.

Hedge against the risks

In addition to these measures, having comprehensive auto insurance plays a crucial role in mitigating the financial exposure of road accidents. However, not all comprehensive auto insurance policies offer the same level of coverage. This is where Leadway Assurance Auto Insurance stands out. Leadway Comprehensive Auto Insurance policy goes beyond mere vehicle protection; it provides comprehensive coverage for damages to third-party vehicles or properties. This means that in the event of an accident, not only are you covered for damages to your vehicle, but you are also protected against liabilities arising from damage to third-party vehicles or injuries to other individuals for up to N3 million.

Did we add that the same policy also provides indemnity for fire or theft risk? Yes, it is that comprehensive.

As you prepare to embark on a memorable journey this holiday, remember to pack your luggage, but most importantly, take along with you Leadway Comprehensive Auto Insurance. This insurance ensures that holiday smiles remain intact for us and fellow road users, serving as a safety net to catch us when life takes an unexpected turn.

For more information on Leadway Comprehensive Auto Insurance, please visit https://www.leadway.com/comprehnesive-auto-insurance/. You can also contact Leadway Financial Management Experts at 01-2801-420 or email [email protected] for professional advice and guidance.