Screeching Tyres and Hot Windscreens

Screeching Tyres and Hot Windscreens

And it’s the end of the year again when people from far and wide cities and countries travel to meet their loved ones, family and friends. After the whole year’s hardwork and stress at work and business, it is time to behold the faces of our relatives sit, laugh, gist, recount personal experiences, eat and dine, celebrate, spend money, buy gifts, pray together and plan for the New Year. To some, it is a yearly tradition – the only time they get to meet their family members in a whole year. Others make it a once-in-two or three-years-tradition or even more, considering their financial buoyancy, limited time or most times, distance. People at home are always expectant of the bags of rice, cartons of tin tomatoes, packs of dry fish, gallons of vegetable oil, dresses, money and other goodies that will be brought home by sons and daughters of the soil in the Diaspora and if you’re one, I doff my cap for you, keep it up! How did I forget to add that they look out for the car types their fellow wives’ children drove home? This part is deep –the comparisons, the abuses and all. I don’t want to go there for now.

Nigeria’s transportation system revolves around traveling by air (flights), traveling by road and limited rail system in very few locations. In order to aid the movement of people with their luggage and goods, people resort to the choice of a more cost-effective means of transportation – road transportation. Bus companies doubled their fares, all buses are on the road – day and night, married men and fathers in the name of drivers ply the road day and night with their families back home, praying for safety and worried each minute of the day. The rush is increasing per second not minding the consistent increase in fares. It’s their season, they are making money. Now it’s a thing of travel-if-you-have-the-fund, else, stay right where you are. Judging by commuters’ experience this December 2017, it’s right to conclude that this is the most expensive year, transportation wise. Scary long fuel queues at petrol stations leave us to our fate.

How about the windscreens and tyres of vehicles – both private and public, which have all been subjected to the heat of the sun and friction of the coal tar. These parts of the vehicle suffer all the stress and rush.

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The screeching tyres

Left to the mercy of the driver

The sun-battered windscreens

Left to the mercy of the weather

The heat is unbearable

The potholes are obvious

I pray pregnant wives don’t deliver prematurely


It’s the end of the year

That time defined by ‘rush’

People need to go home

Travel from far and wide

The coal tar is stressed

By the squealing tyres

The brakes are worn out

The commuters pay twice higher

It’s strange

They groan over the economic downturn

There’s no comfort

The ACs are not cooling

There’s scarcity of fuel

Traveling babies are crying

Drivers drive into the night

They are deprived of their sleep

Wives and children stay awake

Thinking and praying

They are concerned and worried

And the markets are busy and crowded

With real shoppers and window shoppers


By screeching and squealing, the tyres cry

The overused gear malfunctions

The overused clutch smells profusely

When the night falls

The headlamps had better be working

Not just working, very brightly at that

Afterall, the vehicle will undergo a total overhaul

After the ‘season’.

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Sincerely, my heart goes out to you. I feel compassion for you. Worry not; it’s a matter of few weeks – 15th December to 14th January of the next year, perhaps. It will soon be well, I assure you. As I cannot do anything to save you or salvage the situation, endure it my dear “windscreens and tyres”.

The rough usage will get to a halt eventually.

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6 thoughts on “Screeching Tyres and Hot Windscreens

  1. It’s really a season where commercial vehicles, especially, are stretched beyond their limits to carry people, products and proceeds to places where we desire to spend the end of the year.

  2. It’s a nice piece. The picture is well painted and everyone not too young can relate with the the subject matter. Yes, end of the year is such an important and unique time, but we could also find a suitable time in the year, outside this notable ‘rush time’ , to spend time with our loved ones. Apart from the high cost of travelling during this festive time there is also a very high risk of avoidable road mishap due to several factors you have mentioned. My advice is that all of us must not plan to travel the same time.

    1. Thank you for noticing rightly, sir. I try as much as possible to paint a real-life picture using the simplest of words in bringing home the truth portrayed for easy understanding by all. True! Loved ones are not to be visited ONLY at the end of the year. I celebrate you greatly sir!

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