|Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New|
Stats: 2,035,533 members, 4,357,136 topics. Date: Monday, 16 July 2018 at 09:21 PM
|10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by AutoReportNG: 4:52am On Oct 18, 2017|
We are constantly bombarded with data about the most dangerous roads in the world. But where are the worst cities to drive a car? If you're thinking about planning an international road trip with friends, you may want to consider skipping the following destinations.
According to several sources, these are the world's worst cities to drive in. They are in no particular order, the most annoying, most frustrating, downright worst places to drive in the world are...
The rules of the road are rather lax in the Philippine capital city. Triple-lane changes, using opposite lanes of traffic to get out of jams, turning left from the far right… these are all things that car rental drivers can expect to experience during their morning drive. Manila drivers also have an aversion to signaling and tend to breeze through red lights without so much as a second glance. Pedestrians always having the right of way may seem natural to drivers in America, but this concept is not so intrinsic in Manila. Unfortunately, this means that driving and crossing roadways on foot are both treaturous territory in this city. If you're not native to the Philippines, chances are good that you will be left with the blame in a roadway incident. What's more, there is a coding system put in place which designates who is allowed to operate a vehicle on certain days and who isn't, making this place even more confusing for its drivers.
The Canadian city of Toronto is home to North America's busiest highway – the 401. Nearly a half a million people travel the Toronto stretch of this highway everyday, creating traffic congestion like you've never seen. It doesn't matter that the road is 18-lanes wide at times – all of them come to a standstill the minute rush hour hits. Toronto has many things to offer its visitors, but an exciting and fun driving experience is not one of them. The Toronto area is home to a portion of one of the largest and most congested highways known as highway 401. This massive roadway stretches 18 lanes across at its widest and it can be a nightmare to navigate for those who don't know their way around. As if it needs mentioning, this highway at the busiest time of day is anything but a vacation. To top it all off, passing on the right is legal on the highways, contrary to driving laws in many other cities, so knowing where you're entering and exiting well in advance is essential.
If you're planning to drive your car rental in Seoul, remember this word of warning: public transit vehicles are legally allowed to ignore traffic signals. Apparently punctuality is more important than safety in this Korea metropolis. As for the regular drivers… well, they aren't much better. Drivers have no problem ignoring traffic lights and pedestrians are considered minor distractions. And watch out for scooters. These daredevil drivers will take to any patch of pavement in order to improve their progress and bypass stopped traffic. As with many of these other locations, drivers in Seoul are in a hurry and prefer to drive with forceful intention. It is not uncommon to see motorcyclists driving on the sidewalks, illegal as it may be. It seems many of the road laws that pertain to lane markings and changes are seen as suggestions rather than specific guidelines, so constant attention is a must when driving on the city streets. What's more (surprise, surprise), parking is a near disaster in this city.
The "Happiest Place on Earth" is actually one of the most frustrating places to drive. Cars headed to and from the gigantic malls and theme parks cause insane bottlenecks and ridiculous traffic congestion. And let's not even get started on the number of carjackings that take place in broad daylight.
There are more than three million vehicles on the road in Beijing right now – and more than 1,000 new ones joining the fleet every day. As with other cities on this list, the basic rules of the road are widely ignored. This includes lane markings, traffic signs and merging instructions. But don't feel bad if you're repeatedly cut off during your daily commute. Beijing-ites extend the exact same respect to police and emergency service vehicles. It isn't uncommon to hear car rental drivers honking in frustration if a cruiser is blocking traffic at the scene of an accident. Although driving rules and laws do in fact exist in Beijing, the foreigner often finds this hard to believe as the flow of traffic seems random, confusing and above all, dangerous. The reigning problem here, however, seems to be the amount of traffic congestion. Beijing has over five million registered cars blocking up the roadways all over the city. The best example of this issue goes back to 2010 during the infamous China National Highway Traffic Jam when cars were backed up for over 60 miles and drivers were stuck, in some cases, for several days. Thankfully, Beijing has been making efforts to clear some of the traffic congestion by setting up alternating travel days for car owners.
Drivers enjoy very little affection in the City of Love, thanks to narrow streets and the single most confusing traffic roundabout in the world: the Arc de Triomphe. This insanely large roundabout has roughly 13 different entrances, no markings and no lines. Throw in a couple dozen confused car rental drivers and you've got yourself a recipe for driving disaster. Be sure to watch for children running into traffic, drivers cutting ahead, and just general all-around mayhem. The ever-lovely city of Paris is often referred to as the City of Lights. What they don't tell you, however, is that those lights are mostly bright red tail lights. It is usually advised to avoid driving in this city if you can help it. Parking is often a big reason for the headaches, as there is little space and lots of competition. What's more, the French use many traffic roundabouts, but they hardly ever seem to include lane markings and therefore drivers navigate them in sudden, and sporadic movements. Luckily for its visitors, this city has a top-notch public transportation system.
Only a quarter of the roads in this major population center are paved – and paved poorly. If you're planning on heading outside the city in your Mongolian car rental, make sure you're driving a vehicle equipped with four wheel drive – only a fraction of the country "roads" are maintained. While some individuals may go years without ever knowing that the city of Ulaanbaatar exists, many others know of it for its infamy in the realm of poor driving conditions. These sorry road conditions are a large part of the problem, but the lack of traffic signals makes for a whole new breed of bad driving. To top it all off, the lack of roadways in the city makes for an upward scaling amount of congestion as well. This city's roads seem to embody the perfect storm of terrible driving: low quality and overcrowded.
Driving in the Greek capital is anything but civilized. A general disregard for traffic laws and a lack of parking results in most streets being blocked by double- and triple-parked vehicles. One of the most difficult things about driving is Athens is having to play hide-and-seek with the road signs. Drivers have noted that this information can sometimes only be found in extremely obscure locations, including high up on the sides of buildings, and is often hidden by one obstruction or another. One important distinction to make is that while in America flashing your headlights at another car usually means "go ahead," it inversely seems to mean "get out of the way!" in Athens. Lastly, motor cyclists are responsible for many of the roadway incidents in Athens as they often weave between cars on the road ignoring the existence of lanes altogether.
Imagine all of the terrible things your driving instructor told you not to do when you were taking your driving training. Now, imagine encountering all of these dangerous maneuvers at once. That's pretty close to what you'll experience while driving the streets of Mumbai. Car rental drivers are often overtaken on blind corners and it's not uncommon to encounter cars accelerating off side streets without looking. And that's before you throw in overburdened buses, roaming animals and tuk-tuks. Although a recent article in Times of India claims that Mumbai is now one of the safest cities to drive in the country, countless stories from individuals who have driven elsewhere would discount this statement. In India, the road is shared by many, and this sometimes includes animals. Cows, a sacred animal in Hinduism, always get the right of way, so be wary of running into one while on the road. What's more, many of the roadways in India are of questionable quality with several lanes of poorly paved and tarnished road. Do not be surprised if you see several individuals clinging onto the back of a van or hatchback vehicle while its speeding down the path. These awkward, high-occupancy vehicles are a common occurrence in India. Last of all, people love to lay on their horns in India, which makes it a very noisy travel experience.
Car rental drivers should prepare for the worst when they get behind the wheel of their Roman rental car. Tailgating isn’t just a common problem; it's a national pastime. Rearview mirrors are accessories, as drivers never bother to look behind them. And seatbelts? Those are merely suggestions. There are literally dozens of collisions on the roadways of Rome every day, so be careful. That Fiat that's riding your bumper will likely be on top of your bumper shortly. Driving in the picturesque italian countryside is a truly romantic image, but don't be fooled by that fantasy when it comes to the capital. Drivers in Rome are aggressive and seem to be proud of it. Like many others, this city has gone through some traffic changes and those who live in the city have put in place their own road guidelines outside of what official driving laws dictate. Any new driver in Rome would have to go through a trial period of unlearning everything he has ever known about road laws just to get around. Luckily for its visitors, tourists are not legally allowed to drive in what's called the "ZTL" or "Zona a Traffico Limitato", which includes much of the city, so save your rental cars for the italian countryside, unless you want to pay a heap of fines.
Finding well paved roadways is a difficult feat in the city of Lagos so be weary of large potholes in your route. Similarly, many traffic signs off of the main roads are completely hidden, whether on purpose or simply overtaken by brush, so driving unknowingly down one way streets or "Do Not Enter" spaces is a cause for concern. It is rumored that many of the drivers on the roads of Lagos never actually attended driving school, which makes the unkept roads even more dangerous as road rules fluctuate with the drivers on the road.
3 Likes 1 Share
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by AutoReportNG: 4:53am On Oct 18, 2017|
Do you agree with this analysis?
Lets have your take
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by MasterKim: 6:28am On Oct 18, 2017|
Can't count how many time drivers(commercial and private) call each other "werey" and abuse each others mother on Lagos roads
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by MhizzAJ(f): 6:41am On Oct 18, 2017|
Why won't lagos be on that list
When the roads are so bad and filled with potholes
Lastma, touts, trailers with no brake and danfo buses wouldn't allow people drive well on the road
Lagosians are trying oo
You just have to shine your eyes when driving
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by DjAndroid: 6:54am On Oct 18, 2017|
This might be a report made 10 years ago.
1 Like 1 Share
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by slurity1: 7:44am On Oct 18, 2017|
So far Nigeria city make the list. I totally agree with the data
3 Likes 1 Share
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by oluFELAxy(m): 7:44am On Oct 18, 2017|
And Lagos certainly as a very high number of vehicles using this road.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by Kimy97(f): 7:46am On Oct 18, 2017|
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by analryder: 7:46am On Oct 18, 2017|
So whats the situation now?
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by abdelrahman: 7:46am On Oct 18, 2017|
The ipob will be insulting lagos now,but if lagos is about good news,they will say they are the developers!
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by tolexy007(m): 7:46am On Oct 18, 2017|
lagos my Lagos
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by modelmike7(m): 7:46am On Oct 18, 2017|
UP NIGERIA! !
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by Nobody: 7:48am On Oct 18, 2017|
It is rumored that many of the drivers on the roads of Lagos never actually attended driving school, which makes the unkept roads even more dangerousIts actually all lagos drivers
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by horlus(m): 7:51am On Oct 18, 2017|
They got it right.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by MrWondah(m): 7:54am On Oct 18, 2017|
The way dat guy take describe Lagos though
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by lapazi(m): 7:54am On Oct 18, 2017|
Toronto is home to one of the largest immigrants around the world, mostly from India and African decent, no wonder they flaunt traffic rules
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by Cloud007: 7:56am On Oct 18, 2017|
Finding well paved roadways is a difficult feat in the city of Lagos so be weary of large potholes in your route. Similarly, many traffic signs off of the main roads are completely hidden, whether on purpose or simply overtaken by brush, so driving unknowingly down one way streets or "Do Not Enter" spaces is a cause for concern.
this is super true
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by Afam4eva(m): 7:56am On Oct 18, 2017|
The description of Lagos is more than apt. I think a Nigerian wrote that section.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by timilehing(m): 8:01am On Oct 18, 2017|
Shagamu-Ore expressway is arguably the most dangerous highway in the world. Expect trucks & trailers facing you at full speed in your own lane anytime. There's no rightful lane
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by fvckme(f): 8:06am On Oct 18, 2017|
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by jstbeinhonest: 8:07am On Oct 18, 2017|
But all these 'most this in the world lists' where only 20-50 cities are studied and are without any stats to back up are trash!
Lagos seems to be the face of Nigeria not Abuja.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by ENG1110: 8:12am On Oct 18, 2017|
I do not think dangerous is the right way to describe driving in Lagos, I think it is more of frustrating. I consider Abuja more dangerous in terms of accidents. There are always serious accidents on Abuja roads.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by mansakhalifa(m): 8:13am On Oct 18, 2017|
Ulaan Baatar. Watched a documentary on driving in Ulaan Baatar some time last year on Discovery World. Lagos: I live here so I know.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by Jeezuzpick(m): 8:24am On Oct 18, 2017|
What of Ibadan?
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by coursehybridrep(m): 8:27am On Oct 18, 2017|
if u can survive lagos driving,u can survive anywhere in the world
4 Likes 1 Share
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by maxnedu11(m): 8:30am On Oct 18, 2017|
Lagos hold up is terrible, during my I.T days the construction firm had this bus, if you get to road section with serious pothholes you could fall out from the bus or swing like pendulum bob. This is lagos.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by salesforce: 8:54am On Oct 18, 2017|
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by eluquenson(m): 8:57am On Oct 18, 2017|
Lagos is truly a dangerous place to drive, in fact the whole of Nigeria is dangerous with large pot holes, accident everywhere
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by one4GOD(f): 9:15am On Oct 18, 2017|
AutoReportNG:I may not know much about other countries but the one of india maybe not be completely correct talking about poor paved road. I believe india has the most rugged roads in the world and also have a good transport system to take care of the huge population.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by Childofaking: 9:18am On Oct 18, 2017|
They are on point about Lagos. Large pot holes on major roads within the city is very common.
I drove through Sagamu Papalanto road and I said I don't think I have driven through a worst road in Nigeria. The governor of Ogun state cannot leave office without touching that road, it is horrible.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by jaymichael(m): 9:32am On Oct 18, 2017|
AutoReportNG:I don't know about other cities mentioned because I have not been there. What I agree with is that Lagos is on the list. Try driving a bike, car, bus or truck from mile two to Apapa through coconut or Boundary Ajegunle then you wonder whether Andrew Younghusband with his "don't drive here" show can actually drive here.
|Re: 10 Most Dangerous Place To Drive In The World, Lagos Makes The List by nams77: 10:12am On Oct 18, 2017|
Just laffing. Rumors about Lagos drivers never attending driving schools? That's fact not rumours! I don't really know the kind of spirit that possesses people once they are behind the wheel. I was once driving and in the car I had my mother-in-law and my wife. I can't really remembered what happened and I started cussing one other driver and my mother in law asked if there was really a spirit that possesses people once they are driving. She said before I started driving, I was calm but I have suddenly transformed into a raging Buffalo. She also stated that she thought it was only the other son in law that normally does that
|Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health |
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket
Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2018 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 629