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Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by AutoReportNG: 9:34pm On Feb 26, 2017
Driving in Lagos can be fun especially when driving in areas like VGC, Ikoyi, Lekki and other Behind areas in the state, but been a first timer driver in Lagos, you need to learn to live by the rules. Welcome to Lagos, the city of the aquatic splendor, Lagos is the commercial nerve of Nigeria and it's the fastest-growing city in the world, according to Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, close to 8000 new people enter Lagos daily and out of 8000 people, only 4000 go back to their various destinations which mean Lagos has 4000 new folks every day. Being the first timer in Lagos may look weird or frustrating at times especially when you hear shouts like Ojuelegba, Ojuelegba, wole pelu change e oo (Ojuelegba is a name of a locality in Lagos) what this literally means is that, Ojuelegba, please enter with your correct fees and the list is endless. We bring you tips on how to drive successful in the city, what to watch out for and how to have fun when driving the city of Lasgidi. These are what to watch out for when driving in Lagos for the first time

1. The police is not always your friend

The Nigerian Police are set of wonderful people, they are meant to provide safety and orderliness to the populace, but being a first-timer, you have to watch out for these guys. The Police are meant to give you adequate security, but any mistake may land you in trouble, God bless you that you made a little mistake, such as breaking traffic rules or that you have a foreign accent, verily I say unto thee, you must settle the boys, and something must drop. Most times you have to watch out and have to behave yourself, having all your correct papers does not mean you are free to go, just know that police is your friend

2. Danfo Drivers, Keke Marwa, and Trailers

At the mention of Danfo drivers, keke Marwa, and their brother trailers, every driver's heart shakes. Never drag lane with danfo, taxi drivers or keke Marwa, trailers, tankers you will be the sorry one. You have been warned. Danfo and Keke Marwa is a Lagos public transport bus which is run and operated by a private individual who is licensed by NURTW. Danfo drivers are set of people you just can't do without, they are restless, they break traffic laws at will, and they are always right no matter how you try to correct, they can disfigure your Bentley car within a twinkle of an eye. These drivers are always in hurry to drop their passengers, to avoid traffic or to outsmart the law agencies. My advice, please avoid them like a plague, those guys way no pure at all.

3. LASTMA Officers

The fear of LASTMA officers is the beginning of wisdom. The LASTMA officials are government officials put in place to control traffic and restore orderliness to the road, as tasking as their job may look like, controlling almost 5 million cars and buses may be challenging to them as tasking as this may sound or look, the law officers have a way of getting back to road users as well. It may interest you to note that Lagos frowns at one-way and another form, so been a first timer, kindly look out for one-way road and if you are not familiar with the road, please ask those toiling the road to ask as LASTMA may just be praying you took the way, and you know what that means, they take you to their office and you have to

4. VIO/FRSC Officers

VIO is Vehicle Inspection Officers and FRSC is Federal Road Safety Commission, VIO is controlled by the state government and FRSC is controlled by the Federal Government, these guys man the Lagos roads, they both have one thing in common, they issued tickets and they check your vehicle particulars and papers. God bless you when VIO checks your papers and you are found wanting, no amount of begging, threats or otherwise can make you escape their ticketings, at least be prepared to pay like 10,000 naira, those guys no dey look face, FRSC are more reserved and lenient and their charges are not as outrageous as VIO just that they have to seize your driver's license until when you pay your charges.

5. Agbero/Area Boys

The agberos or area boys are the street urchins that specialized in giving you a treat and formally welcoming you to Lagos, so you must be smart, very smart. What they do is to rob off unsuspecting or careless drivers in traffic, so my advice, if you are driving in traffic, always wind up your windows and don't be careless in putting your phones, laptops or personal belongings on the car seat if you won't want stories that touch.

Addendum: Lagos is a beautiful place and a fun place to visit in as much as you abide by the rules and regulations, but if you are a foreigner, I will advise you go along with a guide who knows the routes, roads or you hire a private driver. Welcome to Lagos, the center of Lagos.

- AutoReportNG


Source:
http://www.autoreportng.com/2017/02/driving-tips-for-first-time-drivers-in.html

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by AutoReportNG: 9:34pm On Feb 26, 2017
Whats your thought on these?


Welcome to Lagos...


See more lists here...

http://www.autoreportng.com/2017/02/driving-tips-for-first-time-drivers-in.html
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Nobody: 1:27am On Feb 27, 2017
I concur grin...also:

1)Know alternate routes, they come in handy but in extreme traffic, don't bother. Every other driver would wanna take that alternate route.
2)Know when not to drive. There are places you wouldn't like to go in your car. I went with a friend to computer village, we spent almost an hour looking for parking space. Then another 30minutes trekking from where we parked to SLOT. I was like ahnahn... why we carry motor come. angry
3)Don't ever drag road with danfo drivers or any car that looks like it be needing extensive body work . They are kings of the Zanga, na them get road.
4)It's not every fine girl you see, that you pull over and say "a pretty girl like you shouldn't be standing in the sun, give me the pleasure of going your way". You'll just find yourself driving off your route_ all the way to Ikorodu.
5)Develop a thick skin, you would be insulted a whole lot.

Above all, be very alert, Lagos drivers would make you doubt your driving experience. I suggest a mental evaluation for the bulk of them... grin

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by veekid(m): 6:48am On Feb 27, 2017

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by talk2archy: 6:48am On Feb 27, 2017
Sometimes is preferable to go with public bus or okada than to drive in lagos becouse of the intimidations involved by so called govt officials.
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by habex005(m): 6:50am On Feb 27, 2017
Noted

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by lonelydora: 6:51am On Feb 27, 2017
Have at your tip some 'insulting words' like mumu, shege, Ewu, waka , you will always use them.

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by mouaue: 6:51am On Feb 27, 2017
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Nobody: 6:54am On Feb 27, 2017
Know it at the back of your mind that you will always fight grin. Fight with those yellow buses and 'grammarians'(they are worst mehnnnnn)
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by princeonx: 6:54am On Feb 27, 2017
Remember

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by moscobabs(m): 6:56am On Feb 27, 2017
Try to know road and all the Links In Lagos

Make sure u use your seatbelt

Avoid driving in afternoon

Know how to abuse and curse very well

Keep at least 10k extra money with you everyday
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by iyisco2001(m): 6:58am On Feb 27, 2017
Always remember, everyone behind the wheel in Lagos is mad, including the CEO wearing suit.

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by mykelmeezy: 6:59am On Feb 27, 2017
nice

the one for those with legediz benz nko

Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by b0rn2fuck(m): 7:00am On Feb 27, 2017
I miss lagos.
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Nobody: 7:01am On Feb 27, 2017
winkI'm just learning to drive

but grin this Lagos driving experience is much more .ERM...."interesting"
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Jaytecq(m): 7:04am On Feb 27, 2017
As far Lagos is concern, u learn on the job.
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by tosyne2much(m): 7:04am On Feb 27, 2017
OP, what about the tips for people driving plane for the first time? cool
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by olasmith10(m): 7:04am On Feb 27, 2017
One cannot just be a gentle man 4 Lagos roads!!! Even man weh nak tie and suit go deh shout like agbero
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Endtimesmith(m): 7:06am On Feb 27, 2017
Eko oni baje.
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Kaxmytex(m): 7:08am On Feb 27, 2017
Hustling and buzzling

small state, large population
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Nobody: 7:08am On Feb 27, 2017
grin
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by jnrbayano(m): 7:10am On Feb 27, 2017
PaperLace:
I concur grin...also:

1)Know alternate routes, they come in handy but in extreme traffic, don't bother. Every other driver would wanna take that alternate route.
2)Know when not to drive. There are places you wouldn't like to go in your car. I went with a friend to computer village, we spent almost an hour looking for parking space. Then another 30minutes trekking from where we parked to SLOT. I was like ahnahn... why we carry motor come. angry
3)Don't ever drag road with danfo drivers or any car that looks like it be needing extensive body work . They are kings of the Zanga, na them get road.
4)It's not every fine girl you see, that you pull over and say "a pretty girl like you shouldn't be standing in the sun, give me the pleasure of going your way". You'll just find yourself driving off your route_ all the way to Ikorodu.
5)Develop a thick skin, you would be insulted a whole lot.

Above all, be very alert, Lagos drivers would make you doubt your driving experience. I suggest a mental evaluation for the bulk of them... grin

He took you there to buy phone for you? cool
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Lincoln275(m): 7:10am On Feb 27, 2017
b0rn2fuck:
I miss lagos.
then come back nah or u r out of naija ni?
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by realGURU(m): 7:10am On Feb 27, 2017
Lagos is greater than S.E
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by jnrbayano(m): 7:12am On Feb 27, 2017
realGURU:
Lagos is greater than S.E

Which Lagos? The one built by Nigerians?
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by odehaj: 7:18am On Feb 27, 2017
Nice,enlightening.
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by Scatterscatter(m): 7:20am On Feb 27, 2017
OP, Nice write up, Kudos!

Just a lil correction, Agberos don't steal as they have virtually no business with private vehicles. Their duty is to collect toll/tax from commercial vehicles (violently or peacefully) when ever they pass a particular jurisdiction.

However, those who first timers should watch out for are sets of young able bodied guys lurking the road especially bridges aimlessly. 80% of them are thieves waiting for you to slack-up.

Lastly don't ever drive in traffic with your windows down, you have simply decleared a feast for thieves as most of the guys hawking in traffic aren't pure.

in Lagos, SHINE YOUR EYES!!! shocked shocked shocked

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Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by odehaj: 7:27am On Feb 27, 2017
OP you forgot go add "were dier" little madness while driving in Lag. grin
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by dpete1: 7:27am On Feb 27, 2017
Noted
Scatterscatter:
D
for DICKson



Noted
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by b0rn2fuck(m): 7:35am On Feb 27, 2017
Lincoln275:

then come back nah or u r out of naija ni?
out of naija keh! I love nigeria my country than wasting my time seeking visa. I am base in ogun in my own place.. Living a low key life.
Re: Driving Tips For First Time Drivers In Lagos by AgreatMan: 7:44am On Feb 27, 2017
PaperLace:
I concur grin...also:

1)Know alternate routes, they come in handy but in extreme traffic, don't bother. Every other driver would wanna take that alternate route.
2)Know when not to drive. There are places you wouldn't like to go in your car. I went with a friend to computer village, we spent almost an hour looking for parking space. Then another 30minutes trekking from where we parked to SLOT. I was like ahnahn... why we carry motor come. angry
3)Don't ever drag road with danfo drivers or any car that looks like it be needing extensive body work . They are kings of the Zanga, na them get road.
4)It's not every fine girl you see, that you pull over and say "a pretty girl like you shouldn't be standing in the sun, give me the pleasure of going your way". You'll just find yourself driving off your route_ all the way to Ikorodu.
5)Develop a thick skin, you would be insulted a whole lot.

Above all, be very alert, Lagos drivers would make you doubt your driving experience. I suggest a mental evaluation for the bulk of them... grin

There is a parking lot around the post office/fire service at computer village. You guys can negotiate n give the guys there 150 or 2h when you are ready to leave.

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