Before you register for the Kenyan driving test – do you have a postal address?

Kenya Driving LicenceWhen you register for your driving test, you need to provide your address. This is where NTSA will mail your new driving license. Kenyan residents have four standard choices for delivery points. In this article, we introduce a new, far superior, personal option.

First the common approach:

  • You are one of the few lucky Kenyan residents who have private Post Office boxes. There are about 800,000 postal boxes serving a population of 40 million.
  • You have access to a parent’s or relative’s box. This may not be conveniently located or frequently accessible to you. You will need to check this box frequently.
  • You have access to your employer’s Post Office address. You are doubly fortunate to be employed in the formal sector.
  • You may choose to use your driving school’s Post Office address. You will need to proactively check with them for your license. Some driving schools encourage this option. But do you want your driving school to be your permanent official address for your driving license?

Mpost, an innovative new service from the Postal Corporation of Kenya and Taz Technologies, solves this challenge permanently and elegantly.

For KSh300 per year, you get your own Post Office box, bypassing the perennial shortage of boxes. This virtual post office box comes associated with your mobile phone number and instantly notifies you when you receive mail. You can then go pick up your driving license at the Post Office or use your phone to have it delivered to you.

When you subscribe to Mpost, you immediately acquire an official address of the form:

P O Box 2547xxxxxxxx-00100, Kenya

where the 7xxxxxxxx is your mobile number and 00100 would be the postal code of your preferred Post Office (in this example, GPO in Nairobi) where you would like to pick up your mail. Despite its unusual yet simple form, this is a valid official postal address and can be used in similar ways to existing legacy addresses.

At one-tenth of the average cost of a physical Post Office box, these virtual boxes are far more useful and convenient in today’s mobile-phone powered fast life.

With MPost you will never miss important letters and packages such as IDs, driving licenses or indeed job offers. And the service is sure to put a dent in those piles of uncollected driving licenses, identity cards and other documents.

So, simplify your life – get your virtual address and use it to register for your driving test. After passing the test you can then sit back and wait for the SMS notification when your driving license is ready for pick up at your Post Office.

Click here to learn more about MPost and get your own virtual box instantly.

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Taking the driving test – An exhausting day but well worth it

 

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What are the 6 most-flouted road signs in Kenya and their meanings?

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So, what are the 6 most-flouted road signs in Kenya and their meanings? Our (admittedly unscientific) observation around the main cities and towns in Kenya reveal the following:

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Road signs of Kenya – practice questions for the driving test

How well do you know the road signs of Kenya? Can you list them? Describe them? Have you mastered the Golden Rule? The meanings of the marks painted on the roadways and pavements? According to one study, 80% of drivers rate themselves as above average — a statistical impossibility. Practice tests and sample questions can help you confirm your level of preparedness.

penThe Kenyan driving test provides opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge of:

  • the road signs of Kenya and their meanings
  • the rules of the road and how to share the road with other users
  • your practical ability to drive a vehicle safely, in accordance with the law, and with consideration for other road users

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Kenya’s driving test – how to drive smoothly with manual gears

Manual gear shift

Most cars these days come equipped with automatic transmissions. This innovation eliminates a common challenge for new drivers — the need to manipulate the clutch pedal and manual gear shift to manage engine revs and avoid stalling as the car drives at varying speeds. Kenyan student drivers however must learn how to drive cars equipped with manual transmission as these are the vehicles used for the official tests. Stalling the test vehicle or failing to take off smoothly from a start, or failing to change gears smoothly can be grounds for failing the Kenyan driving test.

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Traffic lights are also part of the road signs of Kenya – and the driving test

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Holding the steering wheel – is there a right way?

 

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