Road Trip Driving tips in Uganda
Road trips have become so popular in Uganda. Most travelers are taking on the role of renting a car to drive the long distance to access the various attractions in the countryside.
If you’re planning a road trip in Uganda, here are some driving tips that can help make your journey safer and more enjoyable:
Drive on the left: Uganda, like many other countries, drives on the left side of the road. Make sure you stay on the left and yield to traffic on your right. Even when it is a two-lane road, always keep on the far left unless overtaking.
Be aware of road conditions: The road conditions in Uganda can be quite variable, so be prepared for rough or unpaved roads, potholes, and other obstacles. Slow down when necessary and be aware of other drivers who may not be following traffic rules. Foreign drivers are advised to keep a maximum speed of 80km/hr on highways and 40km/hr on roads in towns. With the aforementioned, the car can be controlled in case of any scare.
Follow traffic rules: Traffic rules in Uganda are similar to those in other countries, so make sure you obey the speed limit, wear your seat belt, and avoid using your phone while driving.
Also, be aware of traffic signals, stop signs, and other signs on the road. Ensure to stop once the traffic officer waves a hand at you. Normally, they request for your driver’s license and also look at the car certificate to ensure that it is road fit.
Be cautious of animals:
Uganda is home to many different types of wildlife, and animals may sometimes wander onto the roads. Be aware of your surroundings and slow down if you see animals nearby.
In the national park and other game reserves, it is criminal to know down an animal, it can lead to either a premium fine or imprisonment. Therefore, keep your eyes open and limit your speed while driving in such areas. The speed limit in the national parks is 40km/hr.
Be prepared for long distances: Uganda is a relatively large country, and some of the distances between destinations can be quite long. Make sure you have enough fuel and water for the journey, and take breaks as needed. Practically, when you are about to leave the main road to get off-road, ensure to refill your tank to avoid getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Be respectful to other drivers: Ugandan drivers can be quite aggressive, so it’s important to remain calm and courteous on the road. Don’t engage in road rage, and give way to other drivers when necessary.
Take safety precautions: Uganda has a relatively high rate of car theft and robbery, so it’s important to take safety precautions.
Keep your doors locked, avoid leaving valuables in your car, and park in well-lit areas if possible. plan your itinerary well to ensure that there are instances where you will have to drive at night. The night is extremely dangerous, there is a likelihood of encountering robber or even making an accident.
Speed Limit:The speed limit in Uganda is 100km/hr, so mind about the limits on the road so as you reach safely to you destination. Most road accident in Uganda occur due to reckless driving that may either be caused by you or the opponent driver; keeping you lanes and focusing to the details will save you from all the obstacles that may cause collusions.
By following these driving tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable road trip in Uganda