DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES INFLUENCING THE WELL-BEING OF IKEJA DANFO DRIVERS
Danfo is a name given to bus drivers who drive yellow commercial buses in Lagos metropolis and they play significant role in conveying commuters within the city of Lagos. The major mode of mobility in Lagos is road transportation. Thus commercial bus driving within Lagos city is a profitable business. However, these drivers encounter various threats to their well-being due to congested traffic typical of modern day lifestyles, dwindling financial returns due to long hours in traffic, fewer hours of sleep, inadequate diet, time pressure, and assaults related to fare disputes. Research studies are yet to identify the influence of demographic variables on the well-being of commercial bus drivers in Lagos metropolis. The study sample consisted of 150 bus drivers who were conveniently sampled from six (6) different terminuses where their journeys begin and terminate. Participants in this study were all males of various age groups and of different marital statuses. The results revealed no significant influence of age and marital status on the well-being of danfo commercial bus drivers. However, a relationship between age and marital status only were identified, but not with the well-being of commercial bus drivers. These findings have cultural implications. It negates the popularly held belief that older and married people care more about their well-being than younger and single people. It brings to fore the need to also identify and consider other factors when certifying people for the job of commercial bus driving.
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