Traveling by road in Nigeria is already crazy, in fact, thinking about it gives me a headache but when you add a crazy driver into this mix, ah! That’s double the headache, the fear, and the prayer.
Hi, I’m Sylvia and this is my travel experience with a crazy driver.
Before we go on, mask up! You’re in for a ride!
So, school resumed on February 1st and we(my brothers and I. We go to the same school) had been contemplating when to go to school. We finally decided to leave Abuja for school on Friday 5th of February.
My mum didn’t even think of going to a transport company because the prices would have been wayyy too much! So, we drove down to this place Gwagwalada, and thankfully found a driver headed our way. Oh, glory to Jesus! We got in the vehicle and settled down. Little did I know that I was in for a CRAZY ride with this driver.
First, I noticed that he was the kind of driver that’d drive at high speed but it didn’t bother me at all. In my head, it’s better, we’ll arrive on time. We got to this place where there was traffic, at this point sef, we had not even left Gwagwalada, next thing, he was already insulting other drivers who failed to move. Ah!!! Yudonmint?!. I didn’t like it but again, it didn’t bother me. I kept quiet.
After some minutes, he opened a bottle of origin(it is an alcoholic drink). Okay, at this point, I was very bothered but hey, I couldn’t do anything! We were in, we were in. I couldn’t change it. Before I knew what was happening, he offered me an orange. I thought that was very weird considering the things that I heard him say and how he acted. I declined.
When we got to the highway, ahhhhhh, that was when I had my heart in my hand😭😭 This man drove at a very high speed, overtaking anyone who drove too slow for his liking and as he passed, he’d insult the driver. He even said this once “you nor sabi road? Black monkey”. Omo!! Who send my mama put me and my brothers for this kain motor na?”
At every overtaking, I held the car seat so tight and said a silent prayer. Fam, it was scaryyy, I couldn’t record how he overtook every car and truck, you know, those mighty trucks. I have this video though
Nigeria and bad roads!!😒
This driver went through anyhow. It was as if he didn’t care that we were inside the car. He just drove anyhow. As if the crazy driving wasn’t enough, the driver and one of the passengers, a man, kept talking about women. Their experiences with women.
The driver said one day he was toasting a girl and as he was there, his wife caught him. I was like what??? You mean you have a wife and you say all this nonsense about women and frolick up and down?” I was shocked! The other passenger talked about how he gave this girl in Bayelsa 20,000 naira and she stayed with him for three weeks. He went on further to give this advice “If a woman asks you for something, don’t give her immediately. Make sure she waits then give her like three days later and you’ll see that she’ll have respect for you”.
A capsized truck
Fam, I was so upset that they talked about women so lowly. It was painful to listen to. I was the only woman in the vehicle. Their words annoyed me so much eh! All I could do was say nothing and record their conversation.
The journey was exhausting! The roads are terrible, the driver was crazy but swift and well experienced. The experienced part and God being our protector is the only thing that didn’t cause accidents if not, there were times I saw it in my face. The way he brushed past trucks and cars was scary.
Fam!! It hurt so much but I am grateful to God that we arrived at school safely. And I have to give credit to SUKUK funded roads! They are so smooth. Driving past there was soothing. They are doing a great job! And oh, here’s a little about SUKUK
Have you ever had a travel experience with a crazy driver? Care to summarize in the comment section? I’d love to hear it!