Self Drive Car Rental Uganda

Self Drive Car Rental Uganda & 6 Safe tips for self driving.

Self Drive Car Rental Uganda is absolutely one of the best magical ways to experience Uganda and one of the easiest way connecting to different attractive destinations in Uganda. Most of the roads radiating out of Kampala are just as perfect as “Maybe” home road or closer to the same however the biggest problem and surfaced roads are on the countryside. Hiring a car for self drive would be of no challenge if you kept on the paved roads throughout, but trust me there is more fun and more rewarding getting off the beaten off tracks and yes, these are the unpaved roads sometimes slippery because of rain or dust.

When finally opting for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda, there are many considerations taken before opting for which car to use and as well as the climate changes. Talking about climate changes: Uganda’s climate is surely unpredictable, It will decide to rain cats & dogs or opt to shine and all gets warm. The main interest in hiring a car for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda considering if you can be able to drive through the Ubrupt heavy rains on the unpaved roads whether using a Toyota Rav4 or Toyota Prado land cruiser, the most sought cars available for self drive in Uganda.

Auto Rental Uganda Team shares with you some few basic Tips for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda through the unpredictable heavy rains in Uganda during your anticpated self drive car rental uganda journey through these beautiful lands. You will side with me when I say its surely scary and dangerous driving in heavy rains, but following these 6 safety Tips during for Self Drive Car Rental Uganda in rainy seasons or unexpected rains can be helpful to drivers in handling any storm.

Be Patient & take Your Time
Driving patiently is absolutely one of the best tips to avoid accidents while driving in the rain or surely slowing down. In reality some drivers don’t enjoy the idea of slowing down just because of a little rain, but it actually helps. Also remember that the most dangerous moment to drive is right after the rain started, as the water mixes with roadway oils, results in the ungrippy surface.

Guarantee Your Vision
Driving in Uganda may not necessitate having headlights on as it is for other developing countries, but look this is the best thing you could do when driving the rain or storm. Driving in the rain requires headlights in order to provide vision for the driver and other roadusers. No one wants to be penalized and no police wants to go out in the rain to penalize you for that reason. So for your own self drive in Uganda safety , turn on those headlights. You may not find it impontant but trust me you will appreciate it as well as the other road users.

Make sure you give Space To Others
Driving in Uganda and Chasing the front cars ahead is absolutely a very unacceptable idea. Not only does it get risky but it also makes other drivers nervous and panic. The best option while driving in Uganda through rains or storm is to keep a distance 3 times the normal distance gap so that you can have space to break or stop if such a scenario occurs. The same goes for you to give other vehicles more time and space to react to traffic especially in heavy rain.

Always Observe And Analyze
Terrible and crazy drivers are common in Uganda as most of them control their cars by instincts and habits, not by their thoughts. However, when it is raining cats and dogs, the conditions are less than ideal and it requires drivers to focus on their surroundings and stay alert every moment and most especially in Rainy storms.

Be Aware Of The Flow
Driving and being expectant of the Flow on the roads whether paved or graded is something self drivers out to lookout for when driving in the rain or storm and yes it is very horrible to underestimate the pond of water created in rainy day. Even the large size cars can be moved by water flow. Places like the karamoja stretch and the kidepo valley areas are common with water flow created by seasonal rivers. And if you have no other choice but to go through the water, be aware 2 factors:
The depth: You might know the road very well, but if you have no idea how deep the water is, the best solution is to find other way.
The power: The force of water flow can sometimes sweep away the biggest car, so it is wisely to avoid large puddles if possible.

Car Examination
Driving in Rainy rainy seasons or storms requires giving the rental vehicle a quick check to make sure your trip is safe. Examine the tires tread, windshields and headlights are necessary. Self drivers should also consider to bring food, water and equipment in case of emergency or they are stuck in the middle of flows or stuck in the mud.

8 Tips For Saving Fuel While on Self Drive in Uganda

Renting a car for self drive safaris in Uganda is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore the beautiful lands in Uganda. Commonly preferred by independent travelers, Self drive is obviously something that can be done by many travelers who opt to visit Africa and in particular Uganda. Being realistic, don’t you personally just hate it when your car’s fuel gauge starts warning warning orange lights for fuel re-fill? Have you ever seen or encountered a scenario where you have to get out of the vehicle and rush on a bike to a nearby gas station or have you considered the safety of rental vehicle and your property? Time lost in such arrangements tends to ruin your travel plans and budget in Uganda. You don’t seem to like this, Do you? Just like we always recommend at the start and briefing when handing over the rental vehicle to you, Don’t wait until your car stops moving or until your fuel gauge starts warning. When self driving in Uganda, not only is it important to constantly fuel your rental car, but it is also important that you keep monitoring the fuel gauge to find out how much fuel you have left so you can always top up at the next recommended gas station. (Total or Shell gas stations).

More so it becomes more important not to keep your fuel gauge empty or warning even when hiring a car & Camping Gear for camping experiences. Some camping grounds like the Uganda National parks are always far from any nearby fuel stations or any nearby gas supply… So basically, its sound logic or lets say a must to keep your rental car gas up. We understand this comes with a cost but how to maintain and save this fuel is part of the Auto Rental Uganda Tips and tricks we would love to share with you. Here are some basic  Tips on self drive travel in Uganda for saving fuel but still maintain Your budget and good of your rented car in Uganda. Thank us later.

1. Accelerate smoothly
The perfect way to save fuel is to self drive at a steady speed. We recommend a speed of 50km/h, and in the highest gear so if you are patient while driving, you will make less trips to the gas station during a self drive in Uganda.

2. Don’t push the accelerator too far down
Usually not just because of what gear your in. You maybe in a high gear and traveling at a steady speed but if you are pushing the accelerator down a long way to avoid changing into a lower gear (for example into third from fourth) then you’re using more fuel not less. This is of course if you are driving an automatic car, the car will do a better job than you of choosing which gear to be in so it’s not a problem for an automatic.

3. Turn the air-conditioning off
it’s acceptable and enticing to drive around while the air-con is on and yes,I agree it can get very humid in African countries or in the summer for some,. However the problem with air-con being on all the time while you drive is that it uses quite a bit of fuel, so we’d advise you turn it off when you can and drive with your windows down if it’s not raining.

4. Maintain enough tyre pressure.
Be advised that the lower the tyre pressure of your car is, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road. We recommend that you take it part of your morning car check list before your start your next journey. You can normally find the right figures near the lock inside the driver’s door or you can drive to the nearest gas station and have your tyre pressures checked.

5. Avoid carrying unnecessary weight.
Not even for the Camping gear, Try as much as possible to ask for the least and all you want for the self drive trip in Uganda. Your Rental car needs more fuel to move around more weight. So just as you wouldn’t wear a heavy backpack unless if you really had to, don’t leave stuff laying around in the boot of your rental car. The heavier the item, the more fuel your car will consume on the journey.

6. Don’t drive during rush hours
Plan driving through traffic in No rush hours and your good for the first fuel save. Few things are as frustrating as being stuck in traffic jam. Not only is it an expensive way of traveling, every time you start and stop in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. Second gear demand too so the best solution is to not travel at all if you can during the rush hours of the day in Kampala or major towns in Uganda. How about plan hours ahead of the traffic. Morning and evening are the common rush hours in Kampala.

7. Request for a NO roof Rack Rental car.
Most independent self drivers like to have roof racks on their cars even when they don’t necessarily use them most of the time, this increases drag and makes your car use more fuel. If you can’t do away with a roof rack.

8. Close your windows and sunroof if driving on the highway
Driving on the highway and moving more quickly, the shape of your car is very important. Car designers call it aerodynamics and make lots of effort to reduce ‘drag’ and make the car go as sleek as possible. Anything that makes noise while your car is moving is consuming more fuel. You can’t do much about the design of your car but you can avoid making it consume more fuel on the highway by not leaving the windows or sunroof open. Use the air vents or air-con if it gets too hot.

6 Things to Avoid when driving an Automatic Rental car in Uganda

Self driving in Uganda is absolutely one of the best ways to travel in Uganda discovering these beautiful lands, and spectating at the amazingly vibrant wildlife however blindly thought, self driving could turn out a menace and spoil the anticipated adventure if you do not know driving Automatic transmission cars. Damaging a rental car for a particular company due to negligence and damages caused by hirer lying under reckless driving would cost your more than the planned car rental Budget. I particularly agree that Automatic transmission vehicle is one of the best invention in the car industry.

Hiring and driving an automatic car opens and makes it easier for self driving in Uganda and yes surely thanks for the safety it provides in Uganda. Just like car rental agencies prefer buying and dealing With Automatic cars as well as many Hirers with automatic transmission preferences, This car type is favored by people with basic driving skills. But the question remains, does hiring and driving automatic cars provide total safety for its driver or hirer? Unfortunately it is not.

Hiring an automatic car for self drive in Uganda amazingly safety, there are a few things you should avoid at any cost while behind the wheels as the driver. Auto Rental Uganda shares a list of 6 mistakes that can absolutely damage yourself drive rental car in Uganda which can in turn save you a lot of reckless driving costs from by your car rental agency

Driving or slidding the Rental vehicle down A Slope in The Neutral Mode
A commonly done and avoidable habbit: This won’t let you accelerate the car except for slowing it down. It cuts the oil supply, so the transmission does not get the proper lubrication for smooth operation. It results in significant wear and damage. Discard his habit because the repair costs don’t worth the negligible fuel savings.

Shifting gears when the car is in motion
It makes your transmission components to change direction rapidly, wearing out the gearbox at an astounding pace. Use your brakes instead to stop the vehicle. Some people shift into the Park without the pushing the brakes, which is also bad for the gearbox.

Keeping in neutral at the red light
Most Self drivers in Uganda do this to save fuel and protect the drive line from unnecessary wear. In fact, the loss is minimal if you push the brakes by keeping the gearbox in Drive mode. The actual damage takes place when you switch into and out of the neutral mode.

Moving the gear lever into parking mode before completely Stopping
Driving and Shifting to the Park mode will cause a locking pin to be inserted into a gear attached to the output shaft of the gearbox. The wheels are also connected to the same shaft. So, when you lock it and keep the vehicle rolling at the same time, there’s a risk of breaking the locking pin.

Driving hard without warming up the engine
It’s a blunder, especially in the cold places like mountainous Bwindi impenetrable National Park and kigezi areas. The oil thickens and moves slowly when the weather is cold. Give the fuel a minute to run into the transmission and all of its parts. If you shift into gear and start driving at high speed from the beginning, it will lead to severe internal damage of the rental car

Keeping the fuel tank low
An automatic transmission car largely depends on fluid pressure to run properly. Fuel also helps a vehicle’s engine and other elements to stay cool and lubricated. So, these will wear out a lot faster if you continuously keep the tank low on fluid.

Most independent self drivers may find these tips no-brainer, but every driver is never an expert on car mechanism. Avoiding these practices is not harder than changing some habits. They will extend the life of your rental car in Uganda and as well for future car rental self drivers opting for automatic transmission cars, keep you safe on the road and save you a lot of money from fines by the car rental agencies.

How to Drive an Automatic Rental Car in Uganda

Hiring a car in Uganda among the many car rental agencies seems easy process however do you surely know how to drive an automatic  car? A common rental car for self drive in Uganda. Probably you have known how to drive manual cars in your home country but have you tried driving the easy Automatic transmission vehicle? Learning the basics of an automatic transmission would definitely be a step to driving an automatic car in Uganda.  As part of the Auto Rental Team we think this article can be helpful in knowing the steps of driving before starting to practice for real and hiring a car for self drive in Uganda and the beautiful lands.

Know the use of the feet
Just un-like the manual cars in Uganda, the automatic vehicles in Uganda don’t have the clutch pedal. They do have only the brake pedal and accelerator and you will use only your right foot to control them. The first lesson of learning how to drive an automatic car is to know that your left foot should remain at rest all the time.

Starting the car
The lever should be in P when the engine is off. Push the brake pedal and insert the key to the ignition to turn it on. Gently shift the gear to the D and then release the pressure on the brake pedal slowly. The vehicle will start moving automatically.. However keep the slight press on the pedal and release gently so you don’t get it fast.
If you want it to move faster, simply press the gas pedal. The speed has nothing to do with the gears. So, don’t change it for regular road driving.

Taking turns and slowing down
You have to turn the steering wheel left or right to drive the car in that direction. Apply the brakes to slow it down or stop. The accelerator is for speeding up and you have to limit that speed by shifting the foot on the brake pedal. Apply pressure on it slowly and gradually unless you need to stop the vehicle all on a sudden.

This is the last step of this procedure of how to drive an automatic car. You have to gradually press the brake pedal and shift the gear to the P position to stop the vehicle completely. Use the ignition key to switch off the engine. Finally, turn off the headlights and get out of the car.

Besides learning these basics of an automatic car, you should also read the owner’s manual of your rental car so to be covenant with in preparation for your intended self drive car rental in Uganda.

Hiring and Driving an Automatic Rental car in Uganda for self drive

Renting and driving a car in Uganda is one of the major and growing modes of adventure in exploring these beautiful lands but the question here is, Have you driven an Automatic car before, A common mode of car hired in Uganda for self drive safaris? Oh if you haven’t, Here is From Start to end tips on how to drive an automatic car. It is easy if you have driven a manual car before and of course if your holding an international drivers license.

Driving an automatic car? Well, you will be happy to know that hiring and driving a car in Uganda on self drive with an automatic transmission is easier than the one that uses a manual gearbox. However, it does not mean you can learn to drive automatic without any practice. It’s mandatory to learn how to drive either in a school or under a private instructor. However, learning the basics beforehand will help you big time on your self drive car rental in Uganda.

How to Drive an Automatic Car: The Functions of the Gears
Ever wondered what the letters and numbers on an automatic gearbox mean? It’s crucial to know their role and functions so as to ease with driving test.
In the automotive world, these letters are known as PRNDL (pronounced as ‘prindle’). What they stand for are:

P (Parking): to park the car.
It locks the transmission shaft and does not let the car to move anywhere. The only thing that can rotate in that condition is the non-driving wheels. Although, it will completely lock down a four-wheel drive.
R (Reverse): for reverse driving
Shifting to this gear allows you to drive the vehicle backward. To do that, stop the car completely and choose the R gear after pressing the shift-lock button. There’s no need to do anything while moving from R to N or D, but shifting to the R again will require the use of the shift button.

N (Neutral): no gear
It means the vehicle is using no gear. In this state, the transmission will have no connection to the driven wheels and the car will move using the momentum only. You should use it only for pushing or towing the car unlike many that use it on slopes while driving thinking they are saving fuel). This is very Wrong

D (Drive): to start and move
Understanding the functions of this gear is the most important when you are planning on hiring and driving an automatic car in Uganda. Putting the car in this gear means driving normally. But, the transmission uses some other variations including D1, D2, and D3 to adjust to the speed at which you are driving the vehicle. The D1 means the very first gear and you can gradually move up to the higher ones. Using the highest gear could be fuel-efficient when you are driving long distance on the highway. Otherwise, these gear ratios are suitable for unusual conditions only such as getting the car out of the ice or mud.

When you set the gear at D1, it means that the transmission gets locked in that position and won’t change on its own. Setting the gear at D2 means locking it in the second gear. In some models, the gear automatically shifts from the 1st to 2nd when it reaches a particular speed limit, such as 30mph, to protect the engine from damage.

L (Low): to set a gear at low
Hiring and driving an automatic car changes the gears automatically with the increase and decrease of the speed. Manually shifting to the low gear will decrease the speed but not the torque. As a result, your car gets more towing and staying power.

Some More Gears and Their Functions
Depending on the make and model, your automatic vehicle can feature some other gears too. Let’s have a look:

S (Sport) mode
It’s almost similar to the D mode but with maximum output levels. It enhances the engine performance when you are speeding up. The downshifting will also be much quicker in this position, boosting the braking effects.
OD (Overdrive) mode
It’s the highest gear and turning it on will allow the transmission to go through all the gears including the overdrive. Turning it off will limit the transmission to move between other available modes. It’s helpful for towing, climbing hills, and overtaking.

B (Brake) mode
Some models among our fleet of vehicles at Auto Rental Uganda come with this gear that helps to decrease the speed of a car. It’s also useful in maintaining a certain speed when you are going downhill.

Driving in Uganda and how to use the shift Lock Release

Are you planning on traveling to Africa and planning on self driving in Uganda? Have you rented your car and do you know what kind of transmission your in For. I probably think you are aware and convenient with manual or automatic transmitions and which car will make the best of your inspirational journey in Uganda. It is more important to be sure you well know the vehicle you hired before you start a self drive safari in these beautiful lands.

Knowing the fact about Our car transmissions: There are two kinds Which are manual and automatic. Our Self drive rental cars run on manual transmission have a clutch which the driver pushes each time to shift the gear. The number of gears depends on the size of the engine. A manual transmission car, however, doesn’t have the shift lock release mechanism which makes it alitlle different.

Automatic transmission definitely has the shift lock release button. It is, nevertheless, quite different from manual transmission. This is why Many independent self driving travelers in Uganda who are used to either kind of transmission find it difficult to drive a car with another transmission especially the manual transmition which are a rare offer for self drive clients with many car rental agencies

Shift lock mechanism and with button release is present in cars with automatic transmission because the functionality of both is pretty much different. Here, there is no need to shift the gears manually. They do have a gear shift though. This gear shift, however, is used for switching among options like reverse, parking, neutral. You can usually locate it on the lever itself. It is actually and usually a RED button just above the lever marking.

How to Use Shift Lock Release?

For many self driving clients not familiar with the automatic cars, Here’s how to use the shift lock button. Mainly all you need to do is press it. When you press the button, it will cause the lock to release, thus allowing you to shift the lever to the desired option. As you release the lock, the lever will move as you desire. Now all you need to do is choose the option that you need to put the transmission in, and then press the button again. Pressing the button again will let you lock the lever on that setting.

For first timers, it is a safety function that helps you move your car when the gear shift won’t move from one setting to another. The exact way to use shift lock release is always mentioned in your owner’s manual of your car. For those who are not acquainted with automatic transmission, this mechanism may seem superfluous at first, but those who know how to drive an automatic car know that it is very much important from safety point of view. In manual transmission, since driver has all the control in their hands, a mechanism like this is never a necessity. But, in a vehicle where the control is in the vehicles hands, shift lock release is very much a necessity.

Here are a few steps to following case you cant move the gear rever and how to make use of the Shift lock button with our Automatic transmition cars

Hold on to the Brake pedal so hard.
Hold on to the Gear rever with one hand (Avoid Crossing hands)
Press the Shift lock release button
Now Move the Gear rever easly and gently (Don’t force it)
Now you can release the Button.

5 Safe Tips for self drive in Uganda.

Renting a car for self driving in Uganda has been many of the options majorly discussed by travelers planning on visiting Uganda. Self driving on Ugandan roads is an absolutely amazing experience to discovering the hidden treasures through these beautiful lands due to the terrain texture and beautiful lush green vegetation and landscapes when behind the wheels of your rental car. It is no longer a hassle to drive ugandas roads due to their regular maintenance throughout the year.  Hiring 4X4 cars with Auto Rental Uganda with high ground clearance from Car Rental Agencies have been proved the masters of hilly roads that are un-reachable by small cars during the rainy days. Not only are the hilly areas but as well as the low lands where the roads are un surfaced and slippery.

Safety is a priority when hiring a rental car in Uganda and if you would like to make the best out of your self drive safari or roadtrip, here are some 5 tips for safe self driving in Uganda?

Observe. Not only passengers have to observe the external environment of the car also the drivers have to be keen on external environment around especially if they are new in the area for the first time. Driving a new car is a gruesome due to its inbuilt technology that tends to be complex to first time drivers in Uganda. Be the master of the road by observing all the necessary features on the road and putting them in practical use.The features include road signs and road markings. As already tested by police during the process of obtaining a driver’s permit, the visual sense is the mostly applied while driving because all concentration must be put ahead of the trip.

Identify. In your comfortable Ugandan rental car, behind the wheels, identify key major areas for shopping to save on your budget. Identify the location of gas refueling while on your way so as not to run short of fuel on coming back to the rental desk or your hotel. Identify spot areas of traffic police officers in order to reduce on the speed before approaching them. This will help you as driver not to be victims of over speeding and other related traffic rules and regulations that call for fines and penalties on behalf of the budget you had planned. Identifying dangerous spot areas when driving at night, will prevent yourself from falling into ambush of criminals or thieves hence being on a safe drive and securing your life from merciless people.

Predict. Having observed the external environment of the car, identifying the spot areas of traffic officers. It is easy to predict when the gas will be used up. Predicting involves foretelling what may result in case you never followed the right procedures of self driving. However, predictions in driving are sometimes referred to outcomes that may result into bad driving. They include loss of lives and property of both the owners and passengers in the car, decrease in your financial status

Decide. While driving on the road, your decisions are important. Quick decisions result into good drivers and delayed decisions may result into bad drivers. Be a quick decision taker especially when overtaking other cars to save the lives of other people on the road. Be a defensive driver in decision-making by following what other (Good) drivers are doing especially in urban centers.

Act. After taking quick decisions, it’s now time to put them in action. Follow the rules and regulations on the road and drive defensively in a foreign land and yes especially in Uganda.