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Hope: Dear Lagos Motorist…



dreamstime_l_35469650Dear Lagos Motorist,
This has been a long time coming but I can’t hold this in for much longer. There are white broken lines on the road used to border lanes, please use them. These lines do not belong under the car or under tyres. You should see them on the side when you look through your side mirrors. Please quit using double lanes. You drive a car, not a robotic transformer that is too large to fit in ‘one’ lane.

Dear Lagos Motorist, indicating your direction does not automatically give you the right to change lane or make a sudden turn. You still have to consider the oncoming speeding car behind or in front of you. Don’t just change lanes because you ‘traffficated’; wait to ensure there’s enough allowance between you and oncoming vehicles.

Dear Lagos Motorist, on a highway, the inner left lane is the fastest lane, kindly refrain from driving below speed limit (I know, I know, there’s no set speed limit, but kindly use the average speed of surrounding passing vehicles) on this lane. You make it difficult to navigate on the road.

If you really have to use the phone, could you please park or at least move to the outermost lane? Gracias!

Dear Lagos Motorist, when making a left turn, please drive forward and turn on to the lane. Stop cutting onto the road, and facing the oncoming car on your right. It is really annoying.

Also, please quit practising the Sunday ‘holy’ or lasseiz faire driving. Driving at 10km per hour on the fast lane isn’t just annoying, it is dangerous to you and other road users.

Dear Lagos Motorist, trust me. It’s okay to stop for pedestrians or allow a vehicle get ahead of you, it will not kill you..I promise.

Oh, did I forget to add that flashing your headlights at an oncoming vehicle who obviously has the right of way in a narrow path that allows one vehicle at a time, or flashing to an oncoming speeding vehicle to stop so you can ‘quickly’ make your ‘ urgent and cannot wait’ left turn is absolutely ridiculous.

Please imbibe patience. It is a major virtue that saves lives and promotes orderliness.

Until we meet on the roads,


  1. Nikki

    September 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    OMG!!!! Thank you so much for writing this article…my exact thoughts..i have always had them on my mind. I never understood why motorists ignored the white broken lines on the road, and why motorists found it difficult to stop for pedestrians. I’ve concluded that, this is because a large percentage of motorists in Nigeria never had to go to a driving school or take a driving test. Many people cannot differentiate between the broken lines and the block lines. Please please please, let us make life easier for one another as we drive. People drive with so much anger, please drive with love…you don’t have to know the next motorist to show love to them, be considerate. When you see another motorist who is in a difficult situation, like he/she is trying to switch directions and causing traffic on their lane, please let them go through. Make life easier for the next person to you…cheers!

    • Detola Olamide

      September 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Nikki, I hope us speaking up makes a bit of a difference

    • ayo

      October 1, 2016 at 8:47 am

      The annoying thing is when you try to correct the offending road users, they resort to vituperations.

  2. Somto

    September 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Lagos motorists please know that when you turn into a roundabout learn to turn into your lane and not drive right into another person’s lane. It’s soon annoying. Also if you are making a left or right turn position your car on the side of the road you are driving into,don’t just caught across another driver as they might not envisage you are making that turn. Observe the stop sign when you are driving out from a side road and joining a major road and the same rules apply when you approach a roundabout, you give way to cars on your left. Do not bully other drivers off their lane just because you want to switch lanes, be patient. Thank you and have a safe driving experience this independence holidays.

  3. Ahmed Makinde

    September 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Lmaoo, *Hands raised, yes we guilty as charged

  4. Oyekemi oladimeji

    September 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    You nailed it girl. Well said!

  5. Tunbosun

    October 1, 2016 at 8:55 am

    First of all do they know the difference between a broken or solid white Lines. Do they know that car on the roundabout has the right of way and other cars must yield to the left car. Do they know what solid yellow lines stand for. I coukd go on and on . its really sad we have these kind of drivers on our road.

  6. Donald

    October 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

    There is a speed limit. It is a 100km/hr on highways.

  7. Nammy

    October 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Most pple know how to move cars but few can drive. I suggest that pple take both theory and practical classes before renewal of driving licence to ensure they know all these points highlighted by this article and lots more

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