The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Lagos Sector Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide, has said women drivers are cautious on the road while driving as compared to men.
Hence, he said women drivers should see themselves as role models that the men should emulate in terms of cultured driving.
Speaking with Travellers Magazine at the event to commemorate the International Women’s Day of Women on Wheels (WOW), an initiative of on the Highway Africa, in Lagos on Tuesday, Ogungbemide, urged women drivers to improve on their courtesy on road usage considering their roles as mothers.
He said experience and records have shown that women are rarely mentioned on road crash issues, stating that they are meticulous while driving.
The FRSC boss who decried the indiscriminate parking of women at marketplace, said the role of mother confers on them the important duty of being the eyes and ears of the family at home and outside, a role that engenders the need to impact in the members their family the knowledge of safety on the roads.
In his words: “The event is a sensitisation concept that we believe the Corp Marshal would be delighted to see. It is a unique one, it has never been this way, especially with _women.
“No matter what_ you give to a woman, you can be sure it will be well reproduced. When we have an opportunity like this to express activities of FRSC and what we have achieved, it will help in assisting us in broadcasting it to the members of the public and also in building a better society.
“When you have reasons to buy a used Nigerian car, people tend to purchase vehicles driven by women. It is of the belief that such a vehicle has not been manhandled or driven recklessly and well maintained, that is what we should all maintain.”
Founder and Publisher, on the Highway Africa, Mrs Julie Chi-Nwaoha, said the event is a campaign designed to inform, educate and sensitise female road users to the rules and regulations that guide the art of driving for safety.
Mrs Chi-Nwaoha who doubles as the Celebrity Special Marshal with the FRSC, said WOW was set up to create a mutual beneficial relationship in educating and sensitising road users especially women on matters relating to safety, among other related matters that will inspire and empower women.