Safety tips for users of O-Ride and other ride-hailing services

There is no doubt that the invasion of O-Pay (O-Ride) in Ibadan has brought much more comfort to the populace. At least, one could stay at a place and majestically “request for a ride” which will certainly arrive in less than 10 minutes. It is promptly and very relieving especially for those Okada riders that were recently disbanded from operating in the Nigeria premier University in a manner that many considered not proper. Anyways, that is just by the way.


The new “bride” in the transport sector in Ibadan has seen the light of the day as many people who couldn’t formerly allow any commercial motorcycle driver carry them now embrace O-Pay. Their refusal for the former was because of what many considered as reckless driving to their uncultured nature, but with O-Pay, one can obviously see well oriented and smartly dressed drivers who make their daily living from Okada riding.

The company really means business and they indeed come prepared, they have but all resources together to do their business differently and more safely. As much efforts the company puts in place, some people still don’t play by the rules. Here are some vital things you should know and comply with.

The new “bride” in the transport sector in Ibadan has seen the light of the day as many people who couldn’t formerly allow any commercial motorcycle driver carry them now embrace O-Pay. Their refusal for the former was because of what many considered as reckless driving to their uncultured nature, but with O-Pay, one can obviously see well oriented and smartly dressed drivers who make their daily living from Okada riding.

The company really means business and they indeed come prepared, they have but all resources together to do their business differently and more safely. As much efforts the company puts in place, some people still don’t play by the rules. Here are some vital things you should know and comply with.

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Correct Location

Ibadan has been regarded as the second-largest city in the whole of Africa; one would not expect something less than having a town well distributed and spread. The company has done their part by putting nearly all the most famous places in the town on their app; however, there are some crannies that request extraordinary description to locate.

For the O-Pay riders to easily locate you, it is important you stay at a well-known place-like a general name of such area. You will want to agree with me that some people are bad in giving a description and as such, they may end up frustrating the incoming rider with a very difficult-to-know location they will give. To guide against this, stay at places where the rider can easily see you.

Use of Helmet

One of the many fears that I had when I saw this brand was the issue of safety. I was however happy to know that they’ve made adequate provision to cater for the issue of safety. With each O-Ride driver comes a helmet for their passengers. The company did a great job and I can see without doubt that they have excellent HSE team.

O-Pay did not limit their safety plan to just giving helmet, they also provide head net with moist (I believe it must be a treated one) that passenger will first wear before putting on the helmet. There are some infections that one could contact by wearing such helmet directly and with the measure O-pay had put in place, such occurrence will be mitigated. One amazing thing now is seeing people on O-Ride bikes without helmet. This shows that the head-net was not used let alone of making use of the helmet.

Most people hold the helmet instead of putting it on, these practices and actions are detrimental to their health and safety also. To fully enjoy your money and what O-Pay offers, you must ensure you make use of all that the package brings. Putting the head guard on makes passengers smart and fit, “it brings out the beauty of the innovation” a passenger remarked.

Speed

As much as one will agree that the O-riders are well oriented, there might be times when they will be tempted to over speed. Maybe for the fun of it or to make more sales and such juncture, it becomes your sole responsibility and duty to caution such over-speeding rider. One good thing is that unlike the usual commercial motorcycle riders who are specialized in raining abuses of all kinds with their special Ibadan brand of abuse, you can report O-Pay riders to the company which I am sure will attract sanction. Nothing to be fearful of, your safety matters and it is the first thing to secure.

Safety as it is everyone’s business and we all must do all within our reach to safe guide ourselves. Imagine if there is any incidence, God forbid, the head is not secured. Then who do one blame in such scenario? The best thing to do is to make use of the net, then put on the helmet. The environment we stay (our homes, office and workplaces) all prone us to one accident or the other. Safety is practicably not sure, one must work towards ensuring it and what experts advise often is to preventive measures which will help to mitigate such unpremeditated incidents.

While we continue to use O-Ride, ensure you comply with their safety rules, stay safe and happy!

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