Travel Tips To Keep You Safe on Nigerian Roads This Christmas Season

As the Christmas season is around the corner, many Nigerians are probably planning on a holiday to visit relatives and other places of interest. This time could be enjoyable but utmost care has to be observed while traveling on the roads, more especially when driving on busy highways and free gridlock roads across Nigeria. Here are some essential safety and security travel tips to keep you safe during this festive season.


Spend some time planning the route ahead of time before you set off on your journey. Take into account any current road work, any traffic hotspots, and the state of the roadways. To locate the fastest routes to your destination and to remain informed about traffic conditions in real time, free GPS navigation apps like Google Maps can be very handy and can be found on most smart devices.


If you are traveling with your car make sure it is in good working order before you leave. Verify the fluid levels, lights, brakes, tires, lights and other components of the car. Consider having a professional inspection if you’re traveling a long distance in order to find any possible problems and handle it before time. You can find a mechanic near you by following this link


Driving defensively is essential since Nigerian roads can be very unpredictable. Remain alert, follow the rules, and pay attention to other vehicles, pedestrians, any bad spots and potential livestock on the road. Steer clear of distractions while driving, such as sending texts or taking calls.


Pack emergency supplies including a basic toolkit, non-perishable snacks, blankets, water, flashlight, first aid kit, and supplies for unanticipated situations Make sure your phone is fully charged and that you have a power bank in case you need to call for help.


Long trips can be exhausting, so it’s critical to stop frequently to stretch your legs and rest. Your driving skills may be affected by fatigue, so schedule rest stops at safe sites along the road.


Driving on Nigerian roads at night can be dangerous. It is highly recommended to be extremely cautious if you are on the road between 5PM to 8AM. However if you must travel on Nigerian highways at night, make sure your headlights are working properly, and be aware of any potential road hazards that can decreased visibility. Stay off the road if you don’t see any other vehicle within two kilometers of the road.


Keep yourself informed on the state of security in the places you intend to visit. Always stay informed! There are places regarded as high risk areas, steer clear from those places. Observe any security alerts or travel advisories that have been issued by the appropriate authorities. If there has been a history of security issues, steer clear of certain locations and, if needed, choose an alternate route.


Keep your valuables protected and safe to fend off would-be thieves, especially if you are traveling on public transit. Beware against leaving valuables unsecured in your car, particularly in busy places like during rest stops.

You may contribute to making this Christmas season’s trip on Nigerian roads safe and pleasurable by following these travel advice. You and your loved ones will have a stress-free and unforgettable trip if you put safety and preparation first. Happy travels!

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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