Safety tips of a Solo Self-drive Traveler in Uganda

Solo self-driving around Uganda can be an exciting and adventurous experience for those who enjoy exploring new places and cultures.

Safety tips of a Solo Self-drive Traveler in Uganda

Planning to Drive Around Solo in Uganda? Here is a Quick Guide to help you navigate. 

Most of the travelers who decide to take up solo self drives in Uganda are not aware of the safety tips to consider while driving with in Uganda. The article below will help you with some of the tips to put in mind while driving on any solo self drive safari. A self drive safari is a good way of planning your journey and finding great places, this gives you a chance of finding your own happiness.

Vehicle check before the trip; Before you start your journey, it’s always a good idea to first check your vehicle’s condition and pressure of your tyres, oil, water, lights, wipers, and fuel. Always teach yourself on how to change a tyre and have the necessary recovery equipment like the warning triangles, spare wheel, wheel spanner, jack, flashlight and the first aid kit.

Always make a rough plan: whenever you are planning a road trip, you will need to study the road options before you start driving, check all the possible roads that you will be using and in case you are having an overnight, try to see the accommodation types and know in case they fall within your budget. Find out the name of the towns you will pass through and the fuel stations along the way. Always have the map of the destination where you are heading to. A GPS can also work well.

Road side assistance and Insurance; when you are a solo traveler, know who to call in case something goes wrong with in the car rental agency. Always ensure that your vehicle has a comprehensive insurance before you start your road trip. In case the car gets a problem with in the surroundings of the city center, opt for additional roadside assistance, a service that comes at an affordable as well as a flexible price.

Always tell someone where you are going; it’s always a bad idea to go on a safari without letting anyone know where you are going. At least let your family know or friends , share your travel details and route plan with someone or you can as well check in every now and then with a quick call or a message.

Always keep your phone charged; the phones are known to be the fastest means of communication presently. It’s always wise to keep your phone on the entire trip. Make sure you pack a car charger, extra charged batteries and a high quality power bank.  In case of an emergency, you would easily call someone for help.

Always drive during the day; Avoid driving at night since your concentration during the night time is not the same during the day, this means that the chances of dozing are more during night time. During the day, you can easily get help in case of a mechanical breakdown. You will be able to see many attractions on your way to the final destination.

Always know your limits; always get enough sleep before you start to drive and often stretch your legs and refresh. Always set the position of your mirrors before departure and don’t mess with it again during your trip. Know the limits of your car and know how far the fuel takes you. Also know the car’s power in case you need to overtake and how the car reacts to dirt roads

Remember to tune in to local radio stations; these mainly focus on certain areas or provinces that might not always play best music but they are the best for information  about the area that you are in, always tune in to find out if you need to change your route because of accidents, road works, or closures.

Always trust yourself; you will need to trust yourself all the way through the safari drive. In case you don’t feel so comfortable driving at a certain road, just go with your gut. Always enjoy your trip and you can as well talk to people on your way to the final destination.

Solo self-driving around Uganda can be an exciting and adventurous experience for those who enjoy exploring new places and cultures. However, it is important to keep in mind that driving conditions in Uganda can be challenging, especially for those who are not used to driving on the left side of the road.

Before embarking on a solo self-driving trip in Uganda, it is important to research the driving rules and regulations in the country, as well as the road conditions and safety precautions to take. It is also recommended to rent a car from a reputable company and ensure that it is properly maintained and equipped for the trip.

While driving in Uganda, it is important to be aware of the local traffic laws, which may differ from those in other countries. For example, it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in Uganda, and seat belts must be worn at all times.

It is also important to exercise caution while driving in Uganda, as many roads are poorly maintained and may have potholes or other hazards. Additionally, pedestrians and animals may cross the road unexpectedly, so it is important to drive at a safe and cautious speed.

Despite the challenges, solo self-driving around Uganda can be a rewarding experience for those who are up for the adventure. With careful planning and preparation, it is possible to have a safe and enjoyable trip while exploring the beauty and diversity of this fascinating country.

Tia Szymansky
Tia Szymansky

Having Spent 8 Years Travelling, I have decided to Live in Africa for the past 2 years. Love every moment of it and sharing my best guides and tips if you plan on travelling here. Africa is always oversighted due to media and I believe with my blog, I can help revive the African Travel and Tourism Industry and invite you all here for a fantastic time :)

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