Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Safe driving tips on your self drive in Uganda
Are you planning a self drive in Uganda? Whether you're going for a business self drive in uganda, adventure self drive in uganda or a city self drive trip either alone or with friends or family. Your road trip could be a short one or long one over 500kms, take advantage of information from Auto Rental Uganda team just to make a succesfull trip on self drive. Read on to learn more about avoiding traffic, saving money, and staying safe /and staying awake on your next self drive roadtrip.
Before beginning a long drive, always get enough sleep and eat something before you go. Lots of alchol and protein reach foods are not necessarily, the best way to stay awake while driving. While initially you will feel more alert, the effects can recede with time, and your attention may wander although you remain awake. A cup of coffee will do you wonders to stay awake while driving.
Pull over and take breaks every couple of hours, even if you don't feel sleepy. This gives you time to stretch the muscles being still during the drive, Grab a snack on the break or call it a coffee break, its fun and enjoyable as well on your self drive. However plan your trip most appropriately to include these breaks, as you get fresh air, and stretch your legs by walking around.
When you travel with another good driver consider sharing the driving responsibilities with them. This will allow you to keep an eye on each other while driving and also enable you to nap without losing time. If you're driving alone, turn on the radio or put on some music or use headsets get you going. This will keep you entertained and not sleep off.
If you do decide to pull over for the break, consider packing your vehicle off the main road. Never park on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane for any reason except an emergency, and in any case of emergency consider switching on the double indicators so to signal for the next buy passers of a n emergency and go slow.
Decades of advertisements and public information campaigns have made most of us safer drivers. The traffic police awareness, the bumps, the good roads as well. But there are those things you need master before you go on your self drive road trips,
Attentiveness – At any cost and by all means remaining alert at all times to what's going on around you is important for you of all experience levels whether you’re an expert, or a new driver. Alertness is a very crusial aspect when on self drive adventure. Your split second reactions could mean the difference between being in a crash, or avoiding one. Also Very important on keeping a sence for any fault detection.
Scanning the road – many accidents happen because most drivers only watch the car in front of them. The car they follow. Always advisable to always scan ahead and around the car, in order to anticipate crashes before they happen. Take a long scan for every corner ahead and behind through the morrors to ascertain any hinderences.
Buffer zones - It can take up to 13 metres to stop a regular car doing just 48 km/h; even more if your tyres are under inflated, it's wet or the road is slippery. Keep ample space between you and the car in front and increase that space at higher speeds. Remember the car ahead of you could mislead you for a blunder. and if the car ahead is slow and time is against you, get a clear road sight and overtake, but NOT shpoulders.
Driving to conditions - Rain, wind, glare, gravel and night driving all pose their own unexpected threats. Slow down, always drive within your comfort zone and observe advisory signs on the road; they're there for a areason. But the most important aspect to get you through this is driving slow and alertness.
Blind spots -To avoid blind spots when changing lanes, always check over your shoulder first. Also, you can help to reduce blind spots by ensuring your side mirrors are turned out far enough to see the entire width of the lanes beside you. Do just as the lanes signal, they are there for a big reason.
Driving tired, intoxicated, drugged or distracted - A standard drink, some prescription drugs, doziness or having your mind elsewhere can reduce attentiveness and make reflexes slow. And in any case Uganda traffic police pulls you over, trust me you are in for a big fine and getting you behind bars.
Plan your route - If you're confused about where you're going there's more chances for making mistakes in traffic. Slowing right down will help you absorb the road routes as you drive with more confidence. So planning your route earlier and reading about it before you go will do you a great deal on your self drive in Uganda.
Night driving - Lack of visibility makes night driving hazardous. Slow down if you're having trouble seeing and in rain. Also, try shifting your gaze slightly away from oncoming headlights and adjust your rear vision mirror to reduce glare from behind. Consider switching to low lights when by-passing another vehicle to give clear vision and full lights when no sign of another vehicle coming closer. In Uganda indicatin right is common to signal “keep your distance”
Country roads - Country roads can be narrow, winding, rough and full of surprises - such as unnoticed bumps, large trucks and holes. Adhere to advisory signs, don't be tempted to speed, avoid the edges of roads (but be ready to slow down indicating and move over for passing vehicles), and always remain alert, even if the road looks quiet.
Seat belts - Seat belts will limit your contact with the car's interior on impact and spread the forces over more of your body to protect against neck injury. Without a seatbelt and airbag, you can be killed in a head on collision at just 29km/h. so make sure that everytime you seat behind the wheels to drive, get that seat belt tied well. Life is a treasure.