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Can New Drivers Attempt Interstate Roads In Nigeria?

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Traveling across interstate roads in Nigeria isn’t for the faint of heart. You need to be an experienced driver with great driving skills. And not just that. You need to know the route; both on the main road and other shortcuts.

Due to the bad road in Nigeria, it is highly unlikely that new drivers would want to take the risks of traveling from one state to another. However, a driver doesn’t need to stop driving because of fear. And as the saying goes, “you never know until you try”.

So, can new drivers attempt interstate roads in Nigeria?

We do not have a particular answer for that. It all depends on the driver’s choice. However, there are important factors that should be considered if you decide to travel across interstate roads in Nigeria.

Factors You Should Consider 

Do you want to travel to your hometown this Christmas in your new car but are afraid because you are still new to driving and not fully experienced?

No worries. By the time you are done reading this article, your mind will be fully made up.

Let’s proceed.

  1. Level of experience: What kind of a new driver are you? The one who’s still taking driving lessons at a driving school, the one who is done with driving school, or the one who learns how to drive by himself. Never drive a car, let alone across interstate roads if you haven’t completed your driving lessons.

2. Incomplete papers: Even if you are a super-skilled driver, no one wants to go through the hassle of being pulled over by policemen and road safety personnel a thousand times.  We’ll advise that you don’t drive across interstate roads until you’ve had the complete and necessary documents and papers.

3. Route:  This factor is super important. Most Nigerian roads are deplorable. They can get crowded with vehicles and caked with dust. If you want to travel from Lagos to Onitsha, you have to know the route. If you don’t, don’t attempt to drive. Another thing is figuring out the shortcuts. Trust me, all commercial drivers learned about this. So should you. You don’t want to get stranded in Benin-city due to traffic jams.

3. Traveling alone?: Uh uh. You don’t want to travel alone to another state. Trust me. As a new driver, you don’t want to. It’s too risky, too lonely, and not a good idea for new drivers. You are going to need company. Someone to talk to prevent dozing off on the wheel. Remember that you are a new driver and might fall asleep while driving due to tiredness or the long journey. Someone who knows the route or the shortcuts.

4. Night travel?: Never. As a new driver, never. It is risky. Don’t do it for your safety.

Top Things Ever New Driver Should Never do before driving across interstate roads

  1. Having little or no experience.
  2. Driving without a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or vehicle license. This saves you from being pulled over and interrogated by policemen.
  3. Having little or no idea about the routes and shortcuts.
  4. Driving alone.
  5. Driving At night.
  6. Eating food or snacks that could disturb your system.
  7. Driving when sick.

Now, do you think you qualify to drive to another state? That’s good news. 

However, if you are having second thoughts about driving across interstate roads, we also got you covered.

If you think you are afraid or inexperienced to drive from one state to another, we know something to help you get rid of the fear. It’s so simple. DON’T DRIVE. 

Don’t drive when you’re inexperienced,  when you’re sick, when you are afraid or when you are alone.

There are other alternatives to choose from. You can travel by car, bus or plane. As long as you are not the one driving. 


  1. Should I drive from one state to another when I am a new driver? Yes, you should when you are an experienced driver with complete papers who knows the route and shortcuts.
  2. What are the documents and papers I need in my car to avoid being embarrassed by the police? These documents include a driver’s license, proof of ownership, learner’s permit, vehicle license, certificate of roadworthiness, and insurance certificate.w21
  3. Can a learner driver drive on a highway? Yes. A driver who is learning can practice on highways only if he or she is accompanied by an approved instructor.

2. At what age can one drive in Nigeria? At 18.

3. Can a learner drive alone in Nigeria? No, a learner driver is required to always drive accompanied by a person riding the shotgun at his/her side. The shotgun in this context means the passenger’s seat.

4. Can you drive without a license in Nigeria? Driving without a driver’s license is a huge offense. It is an offense punishable with a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00)

5. How long does a  driver’s license last in Nigeria? A driver’s license in Nigeria lasts for five years, after which you can apply for a renewal.

6. How long does it take to receive one’s driver’s license in Nigeria? It takes 60 days to pick up your original driver’s license.

7. What are the things I shouldn’t do when driving on Nigerian Roads? Driving without a valid license or learner’s permit.

Driving on a road that is under construction.

Steering without number plates.

Driving without seatbelts.

Driving without valid vehicle documentation.

Driving with a damaged tire, wheel, and headlight.

Steering under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Navigating with forged vehicle documentation.

Driving with an overweight load in a vehicle.

Driving a vehicle that emits too much smoke.

Driving a vehicle with worn-out parts.



There you have it. A relief to all your curiosity about motorists. In Nigeria, a law may never be recognized as a law until it is broken. Failing to comply with the factors stated above is likely to get you in trouble. However, if you choose not to drive on interstate roads, traveling with good transport brands would certainly make you feel at ease.

Will you be driving your car to your hometown this Christmas, let’s read your comment below.

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