Tips on driving safely when in Nigeria
|January 7, 2013||Posted by Vishal under Nigeria Business Visa, Nigeria Visa Application||
What things will you need to know if you have plans to drive around Nigeria on your own? This is one of the questions that most foreign traveller holding a Nigeria visa must normally ask. Thus having obtained your Nigerian visa, you must proceed to consult with the concerned authorities.
The RAC and AA offer you advice and information on driving around Nigeria on your own, in addition to information related to the driving licence type you will require as well as any extra equipment or other things that you may need to additionally carry in compliance with the law.
The first thing you will need to do, especially if you are driving around Nigeria on your own, is carrying adequate quantity of medicines that you may require in a tropical climate. This factor becomes even more pertinent if you are on any special prescription drugs. The NHS Choices and National Travel Health Network Centre issues advice and information about medicines you will need while travelling in a foreign country. You must also check entry requirements concerning specific medicines that you can bring into a country without breaking its import laws or customs requirements. If in any doubt, you can always refer to the Nigerian High Commission in London at time of obtaining your Nigeria visa.
With regard to driving safely when in Nigeria, there have been several recent reports of random incidences related to car-jacking and robberies, with some that even include presence of armed gunmen operating on the rural and urban road network of Nigeria. If you do by any misfortune find yourself a victim of car-jacking in Nigeria, experience shows that those who spontaneously complied with demands put up by their attackers were left totally unscathed.
When driving in Nigeria, you must:
- remain absolutely vigilant and alert, especially when on major countryside roads
- after dark, avoid all unessential travel beyond city limits
- after dark, remain extra vigilant within city limits, avoiding areas and side streets where traffic is otherwise thin
- be particularly alert while stuck at traffic signals, roadblocks or traffic jams during late hours, especially in areas with poor street lights
- always keep valuables or expensive looking items well concealed, with doors and windows of your vehicle securely locked at all times
- if you sense that you or your vehicle may be followed, immediately head for the closest area of safety, such as local police stations or well guarded car parking of a supermarket
- as far as possible, try to avoid use of unreliable local public transport
Using long distance coaches, buses and taxis also carries certain risks, as these may not be well maintained or insured.
This post was written by Vishal Mavadia, Business Director Visa Services London