In the UK, there are two significant hurdles to learning to drive: the theory test and the practical examination. In Sierra Leone, there is a third step, playing the board game. The game is called The Driver’s Way and is a “Roll and Move” type game where players to roll traffic-light-themed dice and move model cars around a board. The game aims to teach learners the rules of the road in a more entertaining way than standard textbooks.
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Sierra Leone is a country with limited infrastructure where road fatalities are high. The creator of the game, police chief Morie Lenghor, said that a result of ignorance of the highway code is the root cause of most crashes, and that “most drivers don’t even understand half the road signs”. Learners are recommended to spend a few months practicing with the game, which costs less than £10 (although that doesn’t take into account differences in living costs and earning power).