Nigeria – Drive Safely!
Top 3 Incidents we witnessed or encountered in Nigeria
Incident 1 – While driving through a town, Reka had stopped at a junction hoping to join the main road on the right hand side, some idiot on the left managed to sneak past us via the left hand side and decided to also want to go right (we are on a one lane road at this moment), Reka began to move forward and we knocked into the idiots car, the lemon started to act as if it was our fault and many locals came to us and started shouting at this twit as they all could see it was his fault. Reka managed to reverse and move on.
Incident 2 – On driving through another town we are cruising on a road taking it easy when we see a car oncoming travelling at very high speeds suddenly loose control as the driver tries to avoid a pot hole in his lane, then in slow motion the car thankfully for us swerves out of control but heads into the bush to his right rather than his left and into us! When we got down I really thought the car would have turned over and maybe caused a death but apart from some car body damage, the driver and passenger got out in one piece albeit very shaky from what could have happened to them!
Incident 3 – In Abuja while Maggie was being serviced, we decided to use a taxi to get to the nearby embassy of Cameroun.
Most taxi drivers I have seen so far are just as reckless as all other Nigerian drivers so I wasn’t expecting a Disney ride, however it was mid morning, traffic in Abuja was easing up, and at one point a couple of cars decided to crawl over some speed bumps which are dotted around the city.
Our driver wasn’t concentrating and instead of slowing down decided to accelerate into the car in front of him, smashing his bonnet in the process. Our driver decided to get out so he could assess what had just happened and speak to both the car in front of us and the car in front of them.
The accident happened outside a place where a couple of police officers had also seen the incident.
No worries so far…then, the front car decided to drive, and drive very quickly as if they couldn’t be arsed to discuss the accident.
Our driver wasn’t having any of it, he got straight back into the taxi and I began to realise that we should have got out as soon as the knock happened.
What then occurred can only be described as a high speed car chase, forget the scene from Bullit, Mad Max 2 or the Matrix reloaded this shit was for real!
Our driver was hell bent on getting in front of this car and no matter how many times he had swerved to stop the car from moving on, the driver in this car was intent on reversing out and not having a man to man conversation.
Our driver was by this point unreasonable and was not going to let us out unless I whacked him over the head but I was afraid of causing another accident, Reka was crapping bricks in the back seat (so was I in the front!) and after 10 minutes of this chase, the driver in front realised he had better stop than to cause a mass pileup in the middle of Abuja.
Finally when our taxi driver caught up to the other car, a huge argument then kicked off.
At this point, the police had turned up, dozens of onlookers started pointing in all directions and Reka and I were pumped up full of adrenalin with nowhere to go.
A bystander came over to us and told us to leave the scene as the discussion between both drivers became increasingly heated and he told us that there was no point in giving our accounts as this would take hours before anything would be settled. We then got into another taxi and got him to promise to drive the slowest he had ever driven, it was the craziest taxi ride of my life!