Kenya’s driving test can be a source of great anxiety for learners. Fortunately most will only need to endure it once in their life time. Still, actual events of the day of the test are markedly mysterious. Here is the recent experience of a learner who used one of the largest and most visible driving schools in Nairobi. 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:
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.
Traffic 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.
Out-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
If 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.
Speeding 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.
Exceeding 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.