YOURS is back after a short summer break with an exclusive Brian's Column, our correspondent on youth and road safety issues in Africa. In this column, Brian talks about the African season where many roads are flooded and where road safety is partnered with water safety for young travellers all throughout the region. Read more about this phenomena here!
I want to salute every one to my magical month and year! Friends, August is well and truly here and I am officially 27! I am not happy with many of you who didn’t deliver anything for my birth day: it seems you forgot my unavoidable insatiable appetite for les gateaux (French for The Cakes) :P I know, you sent me great birthday wishes through social media, so I can forgive you-a little bit! On the bright side of life, everybody’s is just feeling great, I can sense that. Without taking much of your most treasured time , I’d like to thank you for staying and continuing to encourage your colleagues to stay alive on the road. Now, I need you to calm down, will you? This isn’t gonna be a full lecture on water safety so don’t worry but it is a focus on an area of safety that has high importance…so, here we go…
The African Wet Season can be a very dangerous period for commuters.
For those who didn’t know, 98% of Africa has 2 seasons, to say the least: The dry-dry season and the Wet-Wet Season. Apparently, there isn’t a clear cut and pronounced difference in weather seasons like Winter, Summer, Spring and Autumn, but rather an uncoordinated, unpredictable dry and wet conditions possibly being influenced by a lot of reasons ranging from climate change to the mood of our Gods? haha. The point here then becomes that, especially in wet conditions, there is a good chance that there is going to be floods, which over the years have improved their action potential by covering roads, stalling transport of especially young people of school going age, young people doing commercial business in towns and the local communities.
With a lot of frowns on the design of many African roads where drainage wasn’t an important scoring indicator, there is a very good opportunity that water will take a nap or may be play table tennis on these roads. Inevitably, you will want to drive through these same roads to catch a soccer game, rush for one of those lectures which you never want miss (like mine :D ) or catch up with friends.
For people travelling to school and beyond, the travel can be treacherous.
If you are like myself, a certified aquaphobic freak (apart from showering of course) who fears water and successfully never learnt to swim, the following tips may be of interest to you:
Assuming you find yourself in this situation (and I am holding my rosary beads and praying it doesn’t happen), what you going to do? Switch off the car, sip a beer and play that Green Days Wake Me Up When September Ends? )…Nope…
Flooded roads pose serious water risk dangers for travellers in Africa.
As if road safety alone wasn’t enough to commit to, we must embrace all forms of safety to ensure we as young people can be safe on the roads. Sadly, many roads do become flooded at this time of the year and therefore water safety while traveling on the roads becomes a necessity! At this time of the year, water safety and road safety are engaged! #StaySafeInAugust
Just wed by Vicar Brian - Road Safety with Water Safety in the African Wet Season