Are you in Uganda or planning to travel to Uganda and want to get around by yourself in a rental car? This is one of the countries in Africa where almost everyone gets a wonderful experience during road trips as long as they know the right things to do on the road. At Heavenly Choice Travel Limited, we care about every traveler and wish to share these very important tips that will help you stay safe on a self drive safari in Uganda this 2021 season.
Always keep left
Regarding the rule of the road, Uganda is a left-hand driving country. If you are coming from a country that drives on the right, it is important to practice and keep it in mind to drive on the left while in Uganda. It doesn’t matter which part of the country you are in, always keep left. This prevents accidents and confusion on the road.
Obtain a valid driving permit
Just like in any other nation, you need a valid driver permit if you want to drive in Uganda. If you are a foreigner, you are advised to acquire an international driving permit or documents which allow you to drive in other countries besides your country of origin. Traffic police can stop you at any point and request for such documents and they have a right to discontinue your journey if you don’t present them.
Choose the right car for your trip
Car rental companies usually have a range of cars in their fleet and each of them suits a particular travel need. It’s not that they are all suitable for any kind of trip. If you are not sure of which type of car that will make your trip smooth and enjoyable, it is advisable that you consult your service provider because they are informed and are always ready to give appropriate advice if you want to find out the best car for your trip. Safaris to national parks and areas with rough roads require 4X4 cars while saloon cars are ideal for travel around towns with roads in perfect conditions.
The fuel type of the car matters
When discussing with your service provider about your preferred rental car, it is important to as well inquire about the type of fuel the car uses. While some cars use petrol, others use Diesel. Those that use petrol are quite more costly but are advantageous because they cause less inconveniences while driving compared to diesel cars. When planning for a self drive, it is crucial to consider confidence on the road and this is what a petrol car offers.
Don’t drink and drive
If you are going to be on the road driving in Uganda, make sure you avoid any kind of alcohol. It is an offence to drive under the influence of alcohol. This kind of act puts the lives of people both in the car and all others using the road at risk. If you drink and drive and the road authorities arrest you in such a condition, expect to be put under custody and your car to be impounded.
Follow traffic signs
When you move to any country, you will find different road signages. Uganda as well has got a number of them that all road users must obey. As you drive in towns, along highways and off main roads and in any other locations, you will come across some of them and you are advised to respect and follow these signages to keep you and others safe. Some of the traffic signs that you will often come across include traffic lights, speed limit, no parking and no overtaking among others.
Everyone wants to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the road but how do you attain this? Let the above tips be your guide if you are planning for a self drive in Uganda this season. Hire a car with a trusted car rental company by getting in touch with us through firstname.lastname@example.org or call the reservations team on +256-774635389.