TIPS FOR YOUR SELF DRIVE IN UGANDA

 

 

Uganda is a land filled with wonders and awe inspiring beauty in all its corners, so its no wonder its a poplar destination for tourists from all over the globe. One of the most popular ways you can-immerse yourself in Uganda’s beauty is by driving yourself around. With a good car rental company,Self driving is a efficient form of travel mainly because it is all about your comfort zone; and your attention is not split between the attractions and other tourists or guide but rather centered on whats in front of your windscreen, be it graceful beasts in their natural habitats or rhythmic  landscapes against sunset backdrops. Now, driving is in essence the same in every country you go with  a few variations depending on governance and road networks. In case you are planning a self drive safari in Uganda, here are a few pointers that will only make your experience even better and your travels free of any fuss.

 

Speed restrictions.

Speed restrictions are among the most strictly enforced road rules, and for a good reason. More than 40% of road accidents in Uganda stem from a driver over speeding and it would be more than unfortunate if you were to become part of this statistic. Consequently, we advise you to watch for speed limit signs along the highways and other major roads in the country.

Traffic Police.

Traffic police is an arm of the Uganda police force mandated to ensure proper road use and help road users in general, yourself included. So in case something happens while you on the road, do not hesitate to find the nearest police officer in white uniform. In the same manner, do not be alarmed if stopped by traffic police for they are just doing their job of ensuring road user’s safety. Even when you have been stopped for over speeding or other road offenses, do not attempt to bribe the police as this will only worsen your situation.

Keep left.

As stated earlier, driving in every country is basically the same in every country with a few minor differences for instance which side of the road to drive on. In Uganda, all drivers are supposed to drive on the left hand side of the road. In case you are not accustomed to this manner of driving or find it difficult, you are advised to hire a driver from one of the many car rentals in Uganda just to be on the safe side. Hiring a car with a driver guide from the same car rental company will be cheaper than hiring a car and driver separately.

Guidebook.

Self drives are by their description intimate as its usually a family or a couple of friends enjoying each other’s company. Due to this, most of the adventure is mostly visual and the sites visited are normally whats found on the web (and hard to find sometimes). However, that is not all there is to this marvelous country Uganda, as you hire a car,be sure to get a guide book e.g Brandt that will show you where to find the best of what Uganda has to offer and how to get there.

Regular stops.

Some people may beg to differ, but we believe that a journey should be as remarkable as its destination. Based on this impression, we would advise you to set off early every day and drive at a moderate speed to absorb as much of Ugandas beauty as you can through your windscreen and this will also allow you to have regular stops to take pictures or refresh yourself. The main aim of doing this will be to arrive at your destination  unfatigued and ready to be awed by the marvels hidden within the Pearl of Africa.

 

 

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How to choose the right car rental in Uganda

 

Safaris, tours, trips and journeys in general are meant to be enjoyable at the least, that is if they aren’t therapeutic. But, one of the things that could make your trip to the beautiful Uganda unbearable is choosing the wrong car rental. A terrible car rental company can make the difference between a pleasurable self drive safari and a vacation gone wrong. What makes reserving a rental car different from  booking a flight or hotel room is the fact that there are few car rental companies compared to the number of tourists, creating a constant demand which can be credited for the nonchalant attitude adopted by some of the providers. A proper/suitable car rental company should not only respond to your inquiry courteously and enthusiastically/politely but it should also be able to furnish you with all the necessary content prior to your trip in order for you to choose the appropriate car at an affordable cost. In case you are new to how car rentals work or just want to get better deals on your trip, read on as we share with you how to choose the ideal car rental company.

 

Avoid airport rentals.

The first condition to getting a good deal on a rental car is quite simple; avoid airport rentals. Besides their ridiculous fines and base rates, airport rental cars usually come with stringent rules and conditions which will worry you, draining the fun out of your trip. Now, you may be worried about what other options you have if airport rentals were all you knew, but you shouldn’t be bothered because of the next pointer.

 

Check the internet.

The internet is renown for many reasons,but the one I wish to draw your attention to is its ability to speed up communication and how it is a platform for sharing knowledge with others. With just a few clicks or taps(depending on your device of choice) you can search the web for reputable car rentals in the region you wish to travel. You can check out their websites from thereon where you should be able to inquire about their rates or car fleet. An ideal car rental should be able to respond within 24 hours at most, which gives you plenty of time to work out a budget depending on the responses you get.

 

Variety.

A good car rental company should have a wide range of vehicles in their fleet to cater for all types of tourists. Some companies offer only one type of vehicle regardless of the tourist and his/her destination yet you may need a large family van, a 4WD or luxury car  so with your needs in  mind, look through the option of cars availed to you. A good company will always have something that will suit you.

Terms and conditions.

Before you put pen to paper, read through the terms and conditions to ensure the company has no hidden fees or strict conditions. Some companies are deceptive in a way that they may offer cheap prices but insert hidden costs like insurance and fuel policy. However, they are bound by law to let their clients know through company policy and agreements. Thus as you search for a car to rent, ask the rental company for a copy of its policy to acquaint yourself with their terms and conditions of your car rental in uganda.

 

Extras.

Good car rentals offer only cars but the best car rental companies offer extras to make your self drive in Uganda even more memorable and more so at small affordable rates. some car rentals such as auto rental Uganda offer quality camping equipment in case you plan on self driving in the wilderness.

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.

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.