Today, we are going to look at a subject that is no laughing matter. A subject that causes the death of several hundred people every year. You will have guessed it from the title of this article: today is about road accidents in Senegal. And more globally, the road danger in Senegal.
Where there is a road, there are vehicles. Where there are vehicles, there are accidents. This is “normal”, since there is no such thing as zero risk. On the other hand, the number of these accidents can be more or less important according to the countries, the driving behaviors, the environment in which the drivers evolve, etc…
So, what about Senegal ?
The road danger in Senegal in figures:
Before mentioning the reasons of this road risk in Senegal, let us linger on some numbers:
- Between 4,000 and 16,000 major accidents per year: A wide range, the result of a disagreement between the Ministry of Transport (which indicates 4,000), and the National Fire Brigade (which indicates 16,000). In both cases however, the number is impressive.
- 600 deaths per year: this number is probably higher, since the General Management of Road Transport has announced the recording of 3000 deaths related to road accidents between 2017 and 2020. Moreover, an accident also represents many injuries, sometimes serious (paralysis, disability, amputation…). If the latest number is not kept track of, it is probably very high.
- 90% of accidents are linked to human negligence: whether due to carelessness, lack of respect for traffic regulations, careless pedestrians, etc., the human cause is in the majority compared to the mechanical cause (sudden breakdown)
- Significant human and financial losses: Fortunately, not all accidents are fatal. However, they all represent a very important cost for companies owning vehicles, and are symbols of a daily risk for the drivers. This is why it is important to act.
Causes of accidents:
The causes of these accidents are numerous. We have mentioned them in a few words above, but let’s go deeper into the subject :
- First of all, the non respect of the traffic rules. The problem is much more complex than a simple lack of will of the drivers to respect this code. It has its roots in the initial training. Indeed, in Senegal, the quality of driver’s license training is not constant, and varies according to the training institution.
- There is also risky driving behavior (not always due to the drivers), such as drowsiness at the wheel. Senegal has little or no rest areas for drivers. Since they are not welcome in the cities, they have to make long journeys without stopping, which leads to fatigue and sometimes drowsiness. This is dangerous, sometimes deadly dangerous. However, drowsiness is not the only cause of risky driving behaviors. Many drivers are poorly or inadequately trained. They do not know the dangers of the road well, and therefore increase the risk of accidents because their driving skills are not sufficiently developed by their trainers.
- The lack of markings is another cause: in a country where it leaves much to be desired, it is difficult for a driver to anticipate the risks. Everyone has their own interpretation of the road, and if you add to this the incivility that sometimes exists behind the wheel (we are humans after all), you will quickly understand the danger that this can represent.
- Poor vehicle maintenance can be to blame. Vehicles are often poorly, if not, maintained. They are, however, licensed to drive, and are therefore a source of risk to drivers. A sudden loss of vehicle steering or brakes can quickly have dramatic consequences.
The causes of road accidents are numerous and poorly treated. Together, we can try to remedy this situation, so that no more loved ones are lost on the road.
Driver training and behavioral monitoring
Road danger in Senegal is a proven issue. To remedy it, solutions exist. We can intervene at our level.
Through our fleet management software, we are able to produce driving scores. These scores evaluate your driver(s) and allow us to analyze their driving behavior and better understand it. If they are risky (sudden accelerations and braking, too high a turn angle…) the score is impacted, and drops. Below a certain threshold, we contact you to report the problem, and try to find solutions with your driver for your company.
Helping them to improve is not only keeping them safe, but it also allows you to reduce your costs, both in terms of repairs and fuel consumption. Indeed, more responsible driving helps reduce fuel consumption (to an extent that many don’t realize).
That’s why we are committed to helping these drivers improve their driving skills.
Together, we can contribute to the safety of Senegalese roads.
To this end, we offer you post-license training, which allows you to train your drivers in order to reduce the risk of accidents. We work with Dinafof, a post-license training organization, which accompanies your drivers. Do not hesitate to visit their website: https://www.dinafof.com/
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