I had dis argument with some friends of mine who came back from europe. Our argument was which country(ies) is the better place to drive a car. Well, their wasnt much in their argument except dat they prefer driving in Nigeria as it is much easier even though hectic to drive around. They gave quite a lot of points but for the purpose of this write up, let me make it brief.
Point one, their argument was dat in major cities of europe america u can't drive beyond the recommended speed limit or u'll get a ticket.
Point two, road signs n symbols must be strictly adhered to or u risk d impound or a ticket 4 disobedience.
Point three, drunk driving, a serious offence overtheir, i guess u know wat happens next if u ar caught
Point four, no abeg or money exchange hand if u ar caught, its just direct to the point, jail, impoundment or ticket.
Point five, getting a drivers licence, very difficult as if u want to rewrite Jamb exams.
Point six and a funny point at dat, dat in europe u can be pulled over at anytime for little suspicion of anything, also 4 petty offence like overspeeding, u can be chased by d police until u ar caught. I called dis point funny becos my friends said police only chase armed robbers and thieves in Nigerian not traffic offenders.
Let me halt here cos their points are still many.
B4 i end my writeup, let me give a little insight about driving in Port Harcourt where i live.
On a clear blue sunday morning, i tried 2 drive out of my gate n d first thing dat gets my attention is the presence of serious traffic jam rite infront of my gate, imagine dat on a sunday morning. After some time wasting, i finally succeed in getting to the highway only 2 get caught in another serious traffic jam dis time caused by a church crusade. The church congregation blocked a complete lane on d highway without blinking an eye about motorist passing tru. After spending close to an hour in a compulsory church procession i decided to pass tru a bye street only to be stopped by huge potholes and gullies adding to the huge downpour, some parts were completely flooded. I succeeded in scaling tru dat hurdle and came back to the major highway only to be met by police brutality in my own words cos police patrol and bullion vans were all moving oneway facing oncoming traffic jus to avoid d traffic jam on their own lane. To cut a long story short, i finally succeeded in getting to my location but something caught my attention, their were so many people around cos their was a small market place nearby which made me to reduce my speed considerably. But can u believe dat those walking refuse to leave the road even after horning for minutes, the traders too have completely blocked half d road jus to make quick sales, their was a busstop close bye, plus a huge refuse dump on d way. I guess u can imagine how dat place looks like. The driving was hell 4 me n i began to remember wat my friends say dat driving in nigeria is easier than driving in europe.
So, which is better? Nigeria or European or American Countries.