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

TKenyan green traffic lightraffic lights (also designated Class C Signs) are an important part of the road signs of Kenya. They are automatic signalling devices which are used together with road signs and markings to manage traffic flows at road junctions, pedestrian crossings, and other locations. Kenyan traffic lights consist of three colored lights whose lenses face the stream of traffic they are intended to regulate. The lights are arranged in vertical sets with red at the top, followed by amber, then green at the bottom.

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Holding the steering wheel – is there a right way?

 

Image of steering wheelOut-of-control motor vehicles can cause great harm. Therefore, learning how to drive in a way that maximizes control over the direction of their motion is very important. As one of the most important controls of a vehicle, the steering wheel must be handled with great care. How you hold and handle the wheel can determine whether you remain in control of the vehicle during both normal driving and unexpected dire situations that may arise on the roads. In addition, some ways of holding the steering wheel can expose you to greater risks of injury during a crash. So, absolutely, there are correct and incorrect ways of holding and Continue reading

The Kenyan driving test – what can you expect?

Kenya Driving LicenceIf you are working on getting a Kenyan driving licence, your final step will be to take and pass the driving test. And although the test is shrouded in mystery on the street, it is very clear in law. As with many things in Kenya and elsewhere, there are both legal and illegal ways to succeed. This article is for those focusing on the former.

The driving test evaluates your knowledge in the following critical areas: rules of the road, road signs and signals, the Highway Code, and physical fitness to drive a motor vehicle.

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Speed limits and speeding in the Kenyan driving test

Speed limit sign on Eldoret Road SmallSpeeding is a major contributor to road accidents, fatalities and injuries. And while the National Transport and Safety Authority is required to erect and maintain road signs indicating maximum speed limits along all roads, it is still necessary to be aware of these limits for purposes of the theory part of the Kenyan driving test. It also helps you tailor your driving style to the roadway environment in which you will find yourself.

Speed Limit 100Exceeding the posted speed limit (commonly referred to as “over speeding” in Kenya) is an offense that, if detected, can result in heavy fines, or worse depending on the severity of any resulting mishap. However, inappropriate speeding can also occur when one drives within the speed limit but too fast for the road, traffic, pedestrian, lighting and weather conditions, also with terrible potential consequences. An example is when approaching a bend or junction or overtaking where it is inappropriate to do so.  Judgement is therefore very important.

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Road and kerb markings of Kenya

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Often, when we think of road signs, we limit ourselves to those that are mounted on poles set alongside the roadways. Indeed that is what our previous post focused on. But there is more to road signs, and the driving test includes questions to probe your knowledge of this area. Under Kenya’s Traffic Act, Carriageway and Kerb signs are Class D signs. Some of them are mandatory and must be obeyed, others convey warnings and yet others provide helpful information. In this post we summarize these signs. Full details are in our upcoming book.

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Road signs in Kenya and meanings

Click to download Regulatory Road Signs of Kenya ebookIf you are preparing for your Kenyan driving test, keep in mind that you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of road signs in Kenya in order to pass. In any case, it is a good and responsible personal practice to know the Kenyan rules of the road before taking your vehicle out on public roads. Passing the theory part of the test requires that you be able to identify and describe the recognized road signs, what they mean and the differences between signs that seem similar to a casual observer. This post helps demystify this topic and also introduces you to supplementary resources to help you in your preparation. Continue reading

US research: Passengers who speak up reduce reckless matatu driving in Kenya

Research conducted over a period of one year into July 2012 among matatus in Kenya shows that encouraging passengers Matatu - Kenya's prevalent form of public transportto speak up can improve road safety and consequently save lives and injuries on Kenyan roads. The results, from work by two researchers at Georgetown University in the US was published in August 2015 by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

The researchers studied 12,000 matatus during the period, examining the reduction
in insurance claims as a proxy for reduction in accidents. Working with an insurance Continue reading