Have you been on a road trip and wondered why a lot of people sleep off while some stay wide awake through the journey? Do you notice that some passengers play music, look around or do anything to keep them awake while traveling? This is because of the trust issues most Nigerians have, and they also don't want to miss out on any attraction or event happening by the road side. But that's not all, there are quite a number of reasons why Nigerians don't sleep while on a road trip and here are the 4 major, brought to you by Naijauto.com!
1. Safety of their lives and property
A lot of Nigerian travelers believe that they have little or no control over what happens to them and their belongings while they are asleep. There have been cases of people been killed in their sleep and their properties stolen. Therefore, travelers believe this can also happen in a bus. Sometimes, vendors and aggressive louts from outside of the vehicle can retrieve a passenger's items without their knowledge. With the rate at which pickpocketing and ritual killing has risen in the country, it's best to be safe than sorry. So the only way they know to avoid the possibility of this unfortunate incident is to stay awake through out the journey.
Many Nigerian road commuters do not sleep to avoid losing their luggage
2. Bad driving
Commercial Nigerian drivers are always in a hurry. Perhaps so they can make extra money by traveling multiple times in the same day. But this has led to lots of fatal accidents especially in cases where there was nobody to call them to order. This is also another reason Nigerians don't sleep while on a road journey. They feel the need to determine the state of the driver and their method of driving to ensure it conforms to what they consider safe and reliable. So when the driver decides to go all Michael Schumacher on you, you can be awake to caution them.
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When you're on a road trip, there are definitely going to be those passengers who are visiting your destination for the first in the lives or the first time in a long while. They won't want to miss out on the new developments or attractions on the way. From landmarks to events and new foods, they would want to have first hand experience of it all before arriving their destination. How else can they do this when they are asleep? Hence the need to stay awake through out the road trip to feed their eyes - and mouths obviously.
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4. Change of destination
Lots of commercial drivers seem to want to use one stone to kill two birds. In the sense that they would want to make deliveries or purchases at the expense of passengers - since its all on the same route. These stops and change of destination goes unend if there's nobody old enough or awake to caution the driver.
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