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Whenever I complain about driving in Accra, someone tells me how much worse it is in other African countries. I cannot imagine how much worse it could be.
Secondly, there is no such thing as “right of way”. If you are waiting for someone to give way to you at an intersection, you may as well get out and walk. If you give someone their right of way, you are likely to be rear-ended or otherwise hit by another car who never anticipated you would stop to let someone through.
The third rule is that you must be able to think outside of the box, or rather, the lines. Ghanaian drivers believe that the lines in the road in Accra are purely decorative, drawn whenever the traffic department has too much time or money on their hands. Three lanes in one direction on a two lane road is the norm. If four cars can fit, even better.
And those one way signs? Totally optional. They are clearly just put there by the police to make your life difficult and can be easily ignored. If the wrong way is the way you need to go, don’t let a little thing like a sign stop you.
Finally, the only thing that may be more dangerous than driving in Accra is riding on a tro-tro in Accra. This is basically a mini-bus or maxi-taxi, depending on where you come from, and it seems that they drive the same way all over the world. These buses overloaded with passengers and baggage stop on a whim, pull out into the traffic without looking and drive at a ridiculous pace.
On the other hand, if you think driving is dangerous, just try being a pedestrian!