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Driving Overseas Vs Driving In Nigeria: Which Is Better?

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.

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My major problem out there is the seat belt and the $100 fine (its not funny at all) and too much monitoring.

For me, Naija is king.

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For selfish reasons, I prefer driving in Nigeria.

I failed my driving test 2 times because of my 12yrs Naija driving experience. The first time was due to lack of respect to pedestrian and cyclist on the road.

In the UK, Nigerian DL (not the paper type Intl DL which is valid for 12 months) is not recognized for direct conversion to UK full DL (not Provisional DL which is just like a proof of ID) compared with other countries like South Africa & Zimbabwe in Africa.

Anyhow, am proud of Naija!

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Driving in nigeria is the best

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^^^oops, add your Mum to it.

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if you have one, u won't be referring to others like dat so maybe its time to have a conversation wiv ur mother if she can help u locate your father.

you still a DUMB Bottom

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Most of these contributors dont even have cars abroad, yet they comment, WTF?

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viva driving in nigeria

last friday at a roundabout a trailer driver attempting to escape the task force pricks hit the back of my car, scattered my bumper, demolished my rear light. see the driver of the trailer - i dont think he was up to 20

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This is a very interesting question.there are loads of factors u need to consider before concluding which place is better to drive home or abroad. which ever out weigh the other positively will definitely win. Personal i believe driving in the abroad is better and my reasons are as follow

1. You dont get a license to drive until you have met and fulfill certain requirements which includes passing a theory,hazard perception and a practical test. not forgetting you have to be fit health wise as well. whereas at Home all you need is your money, passport Photograph and your license will be delivered to you at home.

2. Insurance, MOT and taxing is super cheap at home where as in the western countries its is super expensive.

3. Foriegn roads are always maintained and safe to drive on, we cant say the same thing about our roads now can we?

4.In London for example Parking is a big Issue. sometimes u have to do a good 10 minute walk to get to your car and trust me its very annoying. plus you pay for parking permit in most streets and housing estates.

5.Congestion charges, bus lanes etc i dont have any issues with them because the reasons these measures are put in place is to encourage you to use public transport. meanwhile the public transport system in nigeria is not functioning and cant be trusted.

Typically a white man will not drive to a club/bar. because they know they might loose thieir license if they are caught drink driving,but go to a nigerian/african club/bar thats when we wanna show off our wheels. One night i ask my friend in the club to be careful as he was having quite a number drink u know what is reply" i drive better when am drunk".

Simply put driving abroad is expensive,sometimes anonnying and driving in nigeria is cheap and most of the time annoying.

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I dont think you answered the question.

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My dad has always followed the rules and that did not change when he first moved back home to Nigeria. There was a bad situation were he was driving and the person behind him felt he was not driving fast enough and started using his car to push my dad's car. My dad said he could not believe it. He told the guy that they needed to maintain their lane and the guy was like we know dey do that for here. What really irritated my dad was that someone will just decide that they can use their vehicle to bump yours to make you go faster. I don't know how people can drive like human beings under such conditions. My dad is stickler for the law. If it is a residential area or a market place he will drive at a sensible speed limit. People do not understand that in Nigeria. So don't blame the ones that have to drive a little off to get to their destination

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Noone has answered the pertinent question here- why do people in other countries, either in the west or in aficar, why do they obey traffic signals and traffic and driving decorum while in Nigeria, it is the opposite? In Ghana, South Africa and most other african countries, it is the same, no cammera, no police etc, but these people obey traffic signals, why is it different in Nigeria? Even those who lived abroad, when they come home, they flout traffic signal rules, why is this?

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its not like one should be in a rush or anything but 1 mile should nt take one more than 6 minutes driving, i mean even long distance runners do a mile in less time than 6 mins but its very possible it can take u that time whilst driving in london especially

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I did wonder.

It's one of the very reasons driving in Nigeria is pretty much hit or miss.

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Driving in 9ja is very hectic, what with the careless manouvres of taxi drivers . . . . and if you are not driving within Abuja city, you have to consider the additional menace of careless okada riders.

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actually they can but not just going to last if you have been leaving in UK and drives all you have to do is adjust bck to civilization. But not all those danfo drivers noooooooo dey will get their Bottom locked up so quick.

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I prefer driving in Europe, or The Americas.

And before anyone asks, yes, I did drive in Nigeria, I was actually a welathy lady's chauffeur for a year in Lagos, before returning to Britain.

Some of the replies here shock me, and are an indication of how some brains work - why would one prefer to drive in Nigeria, just because there are no laws governing driving?

As for the saying, "if you can drive in Nigeria, you can drive anywhere else in the world," that's not true. Can these drivers that have been issued driver's licenses in Nigeria drive in Europe / The Americas to a standard, enough to pass their tests? I have Nigerian friends who have failed their tests multiple times, some have given up trying!

Some can't even get past the written test!

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Lets see, i've been driving in the Uk for about 8 years,no accident, scratches nada, came to Nigeria this year and ive had 3  accidents. In fact i dont even drive anymore.

if you want to live and get to your final destination overseas driving is for you but if you dont really send anybody Nigeria is the place.

carry go!!!

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everybody drives everywhereI almost had a heart attack the last time i was home.It is sicken to watch talkless of driving.

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it seems that the OPs friends are true nigerians. their love for driving in nigeria has to do with the fact that there are no rules

obviously these friends do not work in lagos.

anyone who has to face the chaotic traffic jams to and from work where you face off against danfo drivers okada riders trailers tankers and other crazy drivers will not consider driving in nigeria to be anything to write home about

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well

you can compare cos naijas never care with any cautions niether laws they drives anyhow abroads are strictly with laws and cautions they operate with rules and regulation,any regulations in najas will be violated within an hour from the day oy implementation.pls maintain your status in naija we dont abide by the law cos our leadersare truant[b][/b]

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I've got just a little to add and that is that if you can try a car in nigeria. You can drive any car any where in the world!

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I've got just a little to add and that is that if you can try a car in nigeria. You can drive any car any where in the world!

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I've got just a little to add and that is that if you can try a car in nigeria. You can drive any car any where in the world!

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NAIRALAND has become a serious joke, I wonder if SEUN has gone on holiday,

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Don't take life too serious all the time!

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Unfortunately, Nigerian drivers are one of the most horribly paid.

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I wonder at some silly topics people discuss on this platform. I expected to see some constructive and intelligent discussion here yet its all BS.

1. Imagine Fellow nigerians hate diasporans

2. Driving overseas vs driving in nigeria.

I beg cut it off.

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That is funny, but very true. I remember how one of my JJC cousins was making mouth about how easy it was to drive here in Yankee. Day of driving test: the guy failed parallel parking, hit multiple cones, and could not brake at the marked line.

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overseas without question. i hate driving in nigeria

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What a silly and dumb question and a waste of precious front page space.

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It's a no-brainer. . . . . . .Driving in Naija is far easier.

No rules, no laws. It's just chaotic.

Who wouldn't want such?

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like everyone with a driver's license overseas actually knows how to drive- including Nigerians.

Granted however, your chances while driving are better abroad, ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL AND IF ITS NOT YOUR TIME YET.

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The only places i've ever driven in Nigeria are Port Harcourt and my village and I loved it.

PH city used to have sane drivers unlike Lagos. . . . .tufiakwa!

Now na mad people full road.

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and kill others too.

This is because LIFE has no value!

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Nigeria of course, if you want to commit suicide

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This is like comparing death with sleep, there is no comparison at all.

In Nigeria you can be a holder of Nigerian driver licence without knowing how to drive.

No signs and nothing to follow on the road, everyone is just on their own.

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A good number of nigerians fail their first driving test here. Even after years of so called driving in Naija.

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