Driving in Nairobi is one of the most challenging adventures for Kenya's drivers. A driver who has no good mastery of trends in Nairobi's highways should spend at least a week or two grasping the dynamics of these roads before eventually taking the wheel. Besides cars, buses and trucks, there are pedestrians, then there are the notorious Bodaboda riders and depressed hustlers. Anyway, that aside, here are four mistakes you should never make while driving in Nairobi.
1. Forgetting to Use the Indicators
This looks like a petty mistake but it has caused loads of accidents on Kenyan roads. Talking about Nairobi, there all kind of drivers who overtake from any side and in full speed. There are also pedestrians, mikokoteni pullers and all manner of road users all anxious and in haste. It is therefore advisable you keep your indicators in mind and be timely with them not to cause confusions.
2. Ignoring a Traffic Officers even When Road Signs Dictate so
At times Kenya's traffic police officers and marshalls are very annoying. It reaches a point when the lights go green but still one comes and flags you down just as you begin moving. While this is usually out of ignorance, you should never ignore the officers, just slow down and listen to what they have to say. Defying an officer in Kenya even when they are wrong could land you in big troubles. You'll definitely be imposed of a crime and forced to pay big fines for crimes you've never commited. I personally was once a victim along Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi CBD.
3. Driving a Car with Mechanical Problems
This is a very grave mistake, that no driver should ever make in Nairobi. Being a driver, I believe one of the most important part that you should check regularly is the brakes. Why? In Nairobi you drive with one foot always on the footbrake, and one hand on the emergency brake. The way some pedestrians, cyclists and riders move on these roads, you'll think they are all in for suicide.
4. Never ignore Fuel Warnings
The last mistake you should never make while driving in Nairobi is to ignore fuel gauge warnings. Imagine running our of fuel along an overpass. If you are lucky, you'll stay there for hours, if you are not lucky, you'll be caught and be towed to the nearest police station for blocking the way. And by the way, if you can't afford enough fuel for your journey please use a public means or sell your car.
Nairobian drivers, have you ever made any of the mistakes? Please share your experiences in the comment section. Thank you for reading.
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