Saturday, 9 December 2017

Car rental safety tips in Uganda.

Car rental is one of the leading partners of tourism in Uganda. It is through car rental that most travellers are connected to various tour destinations that have attractive and educative features to share with the society like the national parks, game reserves, museums and hot springs. When you wish to travel around the country and you would not want to be inconvenienced by the havoc of the taxis and other public transport around town. Renting a car should be an item on your travel budget thus helping to plan your day on privacy and do most of the activities with car rental in Uganda. As you plan to have a rental car in Uganda, safety should be your priority and below are safety tips for car rental hence a successful journey.

 Ensure that the car is in good condition. Before you drive the from the office, make sure that the car is mechanically in good condition and does not have any sign of mechanical breakdown on the road. This is done through checking various parts of the car system especially inside the car bornate. Check for the fluid levels like the engine, sterling, brake and the radiator water if it is enough. Check if there is a leakage of any of the fluids mentioned above. Further check the pressure of the tires or any puncture around before you start your journey. Lastly have a road test with the car to find out whether the  car  brakes  function well.

 Ensure that you possess the required documents for car rental in Uganda. Though this has been neglected much, it carries a significant purpose when you hire a car. Before you have finished the road test, make sure that you have a copy for your car rental agreement.  On safer side you’re driving permit should be near for presentation in case you were asked by the police man while you are a self drive trip in Uganda. A permit is an important document that needs to be carried always when you want to self drive and experience the journey on Uganda’s roads.

Ensure the rules of the roads are observed. Self-drivers in Uganda should take care on the road. They are a lot of things to meet like other road users- pedestrians, and cyclists. However, with all this in mind, the road rules should be kept live while driving. Do not over speed, do not over load, do not drive while telephoning and others that are very common to  drivers. While you ensure the road rules and regulations, then you are safe with car rental in Uganda.

 Ensure the parking slot is safe. Most of the travellers have sometimes faced a challenge of parking car rental in the city. The space for parking being limited and require parking fees both along the streets and recognized parking locations. Before you the park slots, make sure that all the car doors are locked and valuables are removed from the car like the money pass for the safety of the car rental in Uganda.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


When you feel like you want to rent a car and go self drive to exercise, you’re driving skills on Ugandan roads, a driving permit is necessary. Like any country, a driving permit is said to be the only international recognized document that allows us to drive on the roads. Not only driving, it’s also assumed that the person holding the permit is a skilled and professional driver unless put on the road test. It is used in substitute of a passport or a national identity card for other official purposes like opening up financial accounts, registering for a Tax Identification Number (TIN) due to its similarity in information presentation. Travelers planning to self drive in foreign countries are required to possess an international permit or a country’s recognized driver permit.  Not all driving permits allow drivers to drive every type of car due to its classification and specialization. The Face Technology a body that is responsible for issuing different classes of driving permits in Uganda. The classes include class A, B, CM, CH, DH, E, F, G, H, DL and I.
A.      Holders of class A are allowed to drive motorcycles only.
B.      Class B holders are allowed to drive cars  of carriage capacity of 5pax and can also drive class A 

Procedure for obtaining a new driving permit for first time applicants
 Obtaining a permit requires a series of steps to be followed, which include; 

Love and motivation.

Driving in Uganda is regarded as professional job and to be motivated is someone’s inner feeling to learn a new skill. With the motivation and love, you have for driving, look for a trusted trainer who is more trained to give more technics and basics for driving.

Training school.

 Before the training, obtain a learner’s or provisional driving permit from face technology at fee of shs 30,000 to allow the trainee access to the roads. Go for the basics and techniques of driving through a driving school or a permitted person to train.  Be attentive while learning to the basics of the training. The training is always hands on skill that takes an average period of 3-4 weeks. During the training period, the trainer should indicate an “L” sign on his vehicle the trainee must move with a learner’s permit while on the road in case the police asked for it. The L sign indicates that the trainer and the trainee should keep left while on the road.

Police test.

The instructor or trainer forwards the trainee to the police for eye testing and other practical testing like the reverse parking, box parking and through the road signs and rules that were previously taught by the trainer.

Permit issuing.

Collect all the necessary documents that include the learner’s permit to forward them to the face technology that is responsible for issuing the permits. The body collects all your bio data information into the computer and onto your card. A cash fee amounting to shs 60,000 is giver to the issuing officer. On paying the cash fee, the officer issues a temporary driving permit that is inform of a paper that has a validity of 3 months. Within a fortnight, the face technology calls or messages the applicant that his/her driving permit card is ready for collection. 

At this time, you are ready to pick your driver’s permit and order for a car rental hence self driving and improving your driving skills