The model town board is one of three main tools of the trade for driving schools and test centres in Kenya, the other two being the special “Learner” car or truck and the road sign charts. Instructors use the board to pull together all the separate pieces of knowledge that learners are expected to master. Examiners use it during the theory test to help determine whether a student may proceed to the practical test on the actual road. You should therefore master it in order to have a chance of passing the test and eventually driving down the road legally. Continue reading
The main purpose of road signs, traffic lights and highway surface markings is to regulate the flow of traffic on public roads so as to assure the safe and orderly sharing of our roads by all users.
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:
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.
The 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
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.