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10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by AutoJoshNG: 10:41am On May 02, 2019



Danfo is a common means of transportation in Lagos state.

Unlike Okada and Keke NAPEP, danfo has the advantage of being the only legally permitted transport means to travel long distances across the state.

According to the Lagos state government, 12 million Lagosians use public transport daily.

And most people that make up that number, patronize danfos.

Tragically, most danfos are poorly maintained and are operated in the most atrocious working condition.

The apparatuses installed in them to ensure the safety of the occupants is either lacking or not functioning.

Interestingly, most of these items are designed to keep the driver and occupants safe during travels, as they guide the drivers to make informed driving decisions.

These are some of the reasons why a ride in a danfo is considered risky.

Indeed, danfos contribute significantly to why residing in Lagos state comes at great risk - whether you patronize them or not.

Below are some reasons why danfos makes commuting in Lagos state a risky adventure.

Wipers




A great number of danfos have non-functional windshield wipers.

Windshield wipers are designed to improve a driver’s visibility, especially in inclement weather conditions.

When it rains, a danfo that lacks functioning wipers causes the visibility of the driver to be impaired. This makes him unable to see clearly ahead of him. This can lead to a crash or other potentially fatal consequences.

Moreover, some defective wipers leave marks or scratches on the windshield. These marks also make visibility poor even when the weather condition is clement.



Non-functional lights



In Lagos, Danfos with non-functional lights is the norm, as opposed to the exception.

Indeed, it is hard to find danfos with functional rear-light, headlights, turn signals/blinkers (better known as “Trafficators” in Nigeria), brake lights, etc.

These lights are designed to ensure the safety of the occupants of the danfo and other motorists.

Sadly, the road traffic authorities are legends at ignoring these anomalies, especially after monies have exchanged hands between them and an offending danfo driver.



Seatbelts



Seatbelts save lives.

In the event of a sudden halt of a vehicle, seating in a car without wearing a seatbelt can launch a passenger through the windshield.

It is for this reason that there is strict enforcement of wearing seatbelts globally.

In Lagos, there is an enforcement of the seatbelt law. Most danfos have seatbelts installed in them. However, most of the danfos have the most awkward seatbelts.

Their seatbelts are slack. They lack the ability to effectively grip passengers wearing them. Most of the seatbelts are disconnected seatbelts that are tied at both ends, thus lacks lifesaving capacities.


Side Mirror




Side mirrors are critical appendages on vehicles. They are designed to increase the visibility of the drivers in order for them to see rear objects, cars, and pedestrians.

Side mirrors enable vehicle drivers to make informed judgments on when it is safe to overtake, make turns, halt, etc.

Many danfos in Lagos lack at least one of its sides mirror. Mostly, both.This makes driving judgments very poor amongst danfo drivers. The absence of either of the two side mirrors contributes to why danfo driver are notorious for making turns, overtakes, halts, etc dangerously.





Fuel gauge




Danfos are notorious for their non-functional fuel gauge.

This is why a danfo in transit can suddenly breakdown at unusual or dangerous places in traffic. This often leads to traffic flow impedance, and passengers being abandoned at precarious spots.

Also, the non-functioning fuel gauge is the reason why a container of petrol is often kept inside danfos. The fuel in the container becomes useful when the danfo run out of fuel during transit.



Exposed batteries



In some bus models, the danfo batteries are situated at the back of the driver's or front passenger's seat – exposed.

This often leaves the area looking like some kind of low budget physics lab experiment.

Most of these batteries have leaking solutions on them, and sparking wires. This situation can lead to a fire outbreak, or a sudden halt of the danfo, if a passenger unwittingly makes contact with the wires.


Agberos




Agberos are one of the biggest menaces on roads in Lagos. They are a conspicuous presence at various bus stops in Lagos.

Their job is to harass drivers for diverse levies and dues.

As a result of their presence, most danfo drivers, in an attempt to escape paying these dues, often over speed or drive recklessly in order to escape the agberos. A number of crashes and fatalities have occurred as a result of this.



Drunk drivers



In most part of Nigeria -  the fastest place to purchase alcoholic drinks is at bus stops and motor parks.

Clearly, this is an anomaly in a nation that outlaws drunk driving.

In Lagos, at every bus stop and motor park, there are stands where alcoholic drinks are sold.

The availability of alcoholic drinks at bus stops and motor parks makes it difficult for danfo drivers to resist the urge for some alcoholic indulges before or during trips.

Inebriated condition contributes to the recklessness often noticed amongst danfo drivers on the roads. This makes them prone to making fatal driving decisions.



Dashboards





Vehicle manufacturers typically fit dashboards with buttons, knobs or indicators.

Some of these dashboard features are there to alert the driver of a malfunction– or potential danger. Some are there to guide you in order to make safe driving decisions. In other words, these features are there to ensure the safety of the driver and the passengers.

For instance, your fuel gauge or indicator keeps you updated on the quantity of fuel you have left in your vehicle. The temperature gauge makes you aware of the temperature of your engine.

The Hazard warning or “double indicator”  alerts you to know if you are indicating to other motorists that you are in a distressed condition, etc.

Simply, the better your dashboard items are, the safer your driving will be.


Sadly, in almost all danfos, none of the dashboard items are functional. Not even the fuel meter or speedometer.







Source:

https://autojosh.com/10-reasons-why-danfos-make-lagos-a-dangerous-place-to-commute/


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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by HospitalityDiva(f): 10:42am On May 02, 2019
grin grin grin

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by cenaman(m): 10:57am On May 02, 2019
Where and how does the name Danfo came into existence? Pls Auto Josh I need answer.

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by lawaljuliuss(m): 11:09am On May 02, 2019
very true
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by HospitalityDiva(f): 2:15pm On May 02, 2019
cenaman:
Where and how does the name Danfo came into existence? Pls Auto Josh I need answer.

Oya. Autojosh, our automobile and transport encyclopedia, over to you.

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by CaptainStephen(m): 7:49pm On May 02, 2019
Bunch of crazy species, the only language they know is koboko
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by donaldde2: 12:22pm On May 06, 2019
Eko oni bajeee ooo
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by Nobody: 12:25pm On May 06, 2019
cenaman:
Where and how does the name Danfo came into existence? Pls Auto Josh I need answer.

Wheres Autojoshng sef undecided
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by Buffalo2(m): 12:26pm On May 06, 2019
cenaman:
Where and how does the name Danfo came into existence? Pls Auto Josh I need answer.
Danfo means "stand out" and truly they "stand Out". The full pronunciation is DANFO GEDEGBE grin

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by PLAYBOX22: 12:26pm On May 06, 2019
No be small thing. �
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by Bsmartt(m): 12:29pm On May 06, 2019
Part of the reasons why our life expectancy is low compared to other developing countries. What is the essence of NURTW if these buses are not road worthy?
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by yuanexchanger: 12:39pm On May 06, 2019
What of the trailers and tankers
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by AmazingELixir: 12:45pm On May 06, 2019
grin
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by nonye6194: 12:46pm On May 06, 2019
You forgot to add overloading

once it starts getting dark, the fares increase and the overloading begins.

if you no wan sidon 5, come down and leg from cms to ajah grin
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by AmazingELixir: 12:48pm On May 06, 2019
grin grin

Danfos are microcosm of Lagos state..it reflects the people, their characters and the lifestyle
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by qanda: 12:49pm On May 06, 2019
You have said it all
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by ipobarethieves: 1:03pm On May 06, 2019
grin sad sad danfo and molue my favorite in those good old struggling days.u must be a pro to jump out in motion. As for molue,haa!dat one afta u spend ur transport money to eat Amala iya lanko in Mushin olosha.U enta molue sidon and stand up for elderly one to lap u pay#Respect/scam.Even wen conductor para,pipu go even insult him join (Ori o pe ni,o ni eko.oni awon obi ni ile ni?)Once u get to ur destination, come down and use the remain change buy kokoro/Gowon finger.Lagos nah wah oo
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by luluman: 1:16pm On May 06, 2019
cenaman:
Where and how does the name Danfo came into existence? Pls Auto Josh I need answer.
Maybe they originated from Usman Danfodio

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by SoupNazi(m): 1:21pm On May 06, 2019
These people are cursed. They just don't know it. There is a terrible curse operating in that (danfo driving) industry. That is why they ALL drive like imbeciles.

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by sheubaba2013: 1:45pm On May 06, 2019
The doors of 80% of these danfos use to be opened while on motion, last week a coper that is serving in Lagos fell off from one of those danfo buses and died.
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by shiki(m): 1:45pm On May 06, 2019
Hmmm ...you mean this my Vana?

As you can see, I have my own light from Ladikpo market

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by Benwems(m): 1:45pm On May 06, 2019
Lagos is overrated indeed. Mega city ko special status niii�
Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by dangotesmummy: 1:48pm On May 06, 2019
Danfo drivers lack the capacity to reason.let's start with that first


They're unreasonable and loquacious. They are too arrogant to admit when they're wrong and many of them are stark illiterates.so all this grammar is like Pouring water inside basket

Does ministry of road and transports train all these obnoxious bus drivers?
Do they enlighten them on the dangers of chaotic driving, dangers of drinking and driving and dangers of consuming narcotics before driving

Many of the drivers are psychotic

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Re: 10 Reasons Why “danfos” Make Lagos A Dangerous Place To Commute by Treasure17(m): 1:54pm On May 06, 2019
All the points highlighted are synonymous with danfo in Lagos.

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