Traveling to Africa from overseas can give one very many Questions and memories. Many travelers today most especially backpackers prefer self driving, an option that offers a cheaper way to explore a destination deeper. With a rental car from Self Drive Uganda, you can adventure through East Africa on your own. You can travel through the top destinations for safaris in East African national parks that include Masai Mara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
If so, set some time aside to review the road rules to ensure you have a safe journey. Review a few of our top safety tips below that are designed to help you to achieve great memories of your Uganda driving adventures rather than reciting an accident or big fine story.
- In most of the East African countries, driving is on the left hand side of the road. Within Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, driving is on the left. It is only in Rwanda and Burundi where you are supposed to drive on the right.
- Seat belts are required to be worn by the driver and all passengers. Please take this seriously given that it is a safety measure in case you get a collision. It is an offense if you drive minus wearing your seat belt.
- Mobile phones are completely not allowed to be used while driving. It is an offense to even to text while driving. Most times you will be fined in case you are caught off-guard.
- There are rules apply regarding child seat restraints. If you do not have a child seat, you should not allow your child to sit in the front seat. This is aimed at maximizing the safety of your child. In addition, you will pay less attention to the activities of the children.
- You must hold a valid driver licence to operate a vehicle in East Africa. This is important! Your country license is valid to drive in any country as long as you have not stayed for more than 3 months. If you are looking to stay in a destination for more than 3 months, it is advisable to travel with an international driving license or apply for a license from the visited destination.
- Blood alcohol level limits are in place and these limits are associated with the current driver license held by the driver. You will find night patrols and it is an offense to drive while you are drunk.
- All speed signs are to be obeyed. Always pay attention to the roadside signs so that you cannot break the law.
- Vehicles share the road with heavy machinery and trucks, motorcycles, cyclists, and pedestrians. So respect and take care of other road users.
- Give way to emergency vehicles and always be vigilant of their presence. These include ambulances, police vehicles, and vehicles for very important persons among others.
- Endeavour to stop if instructed by the road traffic officers .It is normal instead of under looking them. It’s their duty.
- Please follow the speed limits in Uganda to avoid fining you.