Harmattan: Be extra careful when driving – Road Safety Authority
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has called on drivers to be extra careful while driving especially during this harmattan period.
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 speeds
6. Avoid unnecessary overtaking and
7. Carry your Double-Function Advance warning triangles and place them at a distance of not less than 45meters, where necessary.
Pedestrian road users who exercise by walking and jogging have also been advised to wear reflective clothing to improve their visibility in order to reduce their risk of being knocked down.
The Ghana Meteorological Agency has 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.