There is nothing as good as having your own vehicle on any given safari given the ease and ample time with which you can explore anything that you would love to. Self Driving in Uganda is a great way to make the most of your holiday. If you have your own transport, you are free to explore off the beaten track, and to set your own schedule. A hired car also provides comfort and privacy, and you can avoid all the hassles associated with public transport.
It’s easy to hire a car too; you can pick up a hire car at the airport when you arrive after hiring in advance with any competent car hiring company. There are many sizes and models of hire car to choose from, so whatever your budget and preferences, you’re sure to find one to suit you!
However driving a hired car abroad is not without its hazards. You need to be aware of local laws and customs, and of differences in road signs and layouts. In some countries you may also encounter extreme weather conditions that make safe driving more challenging. But with a little preparation and foresight you can drive your hired car with confidence, and enjoy the freedom that it provides. To help you to do this, we have created a selection of guides that are packed with useful information about driving your hire car safely in a variety of situations and they include the following;
Breakdowns and Accidents
Hiring a car means that you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest. You always wish for the perfect trip, but life being what it is, things don’t always go according to plan. If your hired car should break down or, worse still, you’re involved in an accident, it can be stressful, especially if you happen to be in a different country. If something should go wrong while driving your hired car, don’t panic. Stay calm and assess the situation, then act accordingly. Here are some tips to help you if your hire car breaks down:
If you can, carry on until you can find a safe place to pull off of the road.
If your hired car develops problems on a motorway, carefully make your way to the hard shoulder.
Exit on the opposite side to the flow of traffic after turning on the hazard lights on your hired car.
Never walk on the motorway; you could be hit by another vehicle or cause a serious accident.
Find a safe place away from the road for you and your passengers.
Call for help from a mobile phone or an emergency roadside phone if you can reach one safely.
If you can’t make it to the hard shoulder, switch on your warning lights. Stay in your hired car and remain belted in for safety.
Don’t attempt to cross a fast, busy road. Cars are always going faster than they appear and a person on foot won’t stand a chance. In most places, it’s illegal to walk on these roads.
Be especially careful if your hired car breaks down at night. Make sure that you switch the hazard lights on and use a reflective triangle if it’s safe for you to do so.
Try to wear something you can easily be seen in other wards have florescent and reflectors in the car for use in such hard times.
If you wait in your hired car, lock all of the doors. Be cautious if anyone approaches you, especially if you are alone or in the dark.
When driving, keep track of where you are so that you can give details of your hire car’s location if necessary.
Putting up the bonnet will indicate that you are having problems with your hired car.
If someone stops to help you, be very wary of going off with them in their car.
Most places have patrols that are on the lookout for breakdowns and problems. If you have no phone and can’t get to one, sit and wait to be found. Do not leave your hired car.