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5 Main Reasons Why Nigerians Don’t Go to Driving Schools

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5 Main Reasons Why Nigerians Don’t Go to Driving Schools


Going to a driving school to learn driving is a practice many Nigerians do not embrace.

AB Drives examines this common trend that is viewed as a major cause of accidents on Nigerian roads.

In a survey conducted by our team, more than half of the 20 respondents — which cut across commercial bus/taxi drivers, private car owners, young and old respectively — said they never attended a formal driving school.

Instead, but they were taught by either family members, colleagues or friends. This trend is found to be common with young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 40.

For example: Mr. Olayinka Saheed, a businessman, is a licensed driver. Saheed did not attend a driving school; he learnt how to drive from watching his friend drive a car.

Mr. Jude Umoreh is 28 years; he also did not go to a driving school. “I learnt how to drive from my elder brother and it took me about three weeks”.

According to the records from the Motor Vehicle Administration Department (FRSC Headquarters, Abuja):

About 11 million vehicles have been registered to ply Nigerian roads between 1999 and 2014; while only about 6 million drivers have been issued driving licenses between 2000 and 2014.

These figures could be higher, especially considering the fact that some families and individuals own two or more vehicles.

Therefore, this statistics is devoid of the large percentage of drivers who do not possess valid driving licenses.


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Nevertheless, despite the number of Nigerians with no formal education on driving, there are still a few that have one.

For a car owner, Mr. Michael, who has been driving for eight years, he had to go to a driving school because “I don’t want to learn the hard way” he said.

He might obviously believed that obtaining a driver’s license, overcoming driving issues and lowering ones car maintenance cost require driving classes in most cases.

What then are the main reasons why Nigerians dont attend formal driver education before hitting the road?


5 Main Reasons Why Nigerians Don’t Go to Driving Schools


#1. The Low Standard of Living:

Even though the cost of a basic driving lesson is reasonably affordable in Nigeria, many Nigerians don’t want to pay money to be properly educated.

Instead, they will like to cut corners by turning to their auto-mechanics or family members to learn driving; thus, forgetting the importance of safe driving.


#2. The I Dont Care Attitude of many Nigerians to Human Life:

Many Nigerians believed they can drive simply because they have a driving license or because they know how to move a vehicle.

According to some, “Driving is easy; why should anyone require a formal training to learn it?”

This mindset is also difficult to change. Driving is fun, but it can be dangerous!


#3. Poor Service Condition Characterized by the Industry:

Most Nigerian driving schools today use old vehicles (like Volkswagen Beetle) for their training activities.

This approach is creating a bad image about the need for safety of lives and property and has to be changed.

Some Nigerian driving schools do not offer the right environment for learning nor employ qualified driving training instructors (DTI).

Although, most operators we visited are of the view that this is due to the high capital cost, the low margins, and the current economic situation.


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#4. The Poor Driving Law Enforcement:

Notwithstanding the above, many of our respondents blamed the poor enforcement of existing driving laws by relevant authorities as a reason why Nigerians shun driving schools.

“Nigerians don’t think it’s necessary or compulsory to go to driving schools before getting the license to drive”.


#5. Convenience is also a factor:

Nigerians are too busy. Many find it difficult to work out time for self development trainings, especially when it comes to driving.

The far distance of most driving schools is also a problem, and operators are expected to have been taking these situations into account.



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AB Derives is an automobile motoring and mobility service company that believes in the responsible use of the roadways.

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