The 7 commandments of Island traffic: How to survive Lekki-Epe Expressway traffic.
Are you constantly frustrated commuting from one end of Ajah to Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island and environs? Follow these rules to save yourself the worries and frustration that comes with plying this axis.
These are the basic guidelines that you have to follow to easily manoeuvre around Lagos island (the Island) and environs .
You are either early or late
You can never be right on Time especially during the week days. So you have to plan your outings according to importance; Time sensitive outings require you to be on the road at least two hours before scheduled time to be on the safe side, either that or you are going to be late which is acceptable for casual outings.
Jakande Traffic is constant like K
This is one of the longest stretches on the Lekki-Epe expressway (before you get to a roundabout). There are so many factors that could be the cause of an almost constant traffic in this area. Not sure if it is because of its huge roundabout (this is being demolished to leave more room for cars to pass), the Circle mall or the ever busy Jakande market but one thing for sure is that there is always traffic at Jakande. The exceptions to this are Sundays (still traffic but mild) so be prepared.
V.I is a no go area during Rush hour:
Rush hour starts by 4PM on week days (the time most employees start heading home). If you have something to do in V.I by that time just abort the mission and reschedule.
Always have fuel in your car
This is for those that like to “live on the edge” and roam around with an empty tank, the day island traffic reveals itself in all its glory, you won’t need anyone to tell you need to have fuel next time.
Everywhere is close and far at the same time
A place that would normally take 20-30 minutes to get to can decide to take hours, so do not let it come as a shock to you.
Sunday is cruise day
For those that are not fans of traffic, or those that just want to take a drive to clear their heads, I suggest you do that on a Sunday and although you might still witness traffic be rest assured that it will be mild.
Your AC is no match for the sun
If you find yourself inside traffic and the sun is at its peak, don’t bother turning your AC on it is just a waste of gas.
Feel up your tummy and stay hydrated
P.S: This is not really a commandment, more like an advise; always be well fed or keep a snack on you, because you definitely do not want to combine traffic frustration with hunger you might just lose your mind. Thankfully there’s an ample supply of water, drinks, snacks and nuts from the street vendors on Lekki-Epe expressway. However, please watch what you eat. You don’t want to have stomach upset inside that Island traffic.
Quick question: How do you survive the Island traffic? I’m sure other members of the community would love to hear from you.