Driving at night on Kenyan roads is very risky. There are many factors that contribute to the risk associated among them poor road, poor visibility, poor driving skills, lack of road signs, drunk driving, car mechanical failure, danger posed by pedestrians and animals along the road. In some situations you cannot prevent or control an accident from happening. However, you can reduce the chances of its occurrence by practicing the following tips.
- Never assume that the driver, pedestrian or animal in front, behind or on the opposite side of the road knows what you are doing. Keep in mind that you are in control of your car and not the car in control of you. Always stay alert while driving.
- Reduce the volume of your car radio or open your car window whenever you are suspicious of anything when you hear a sound while driving. It is better to take control of a situation in the earliest time possible.
- Place your hands close to the steering wheel. At high speeds it is advisable to have both your hands on the steering wheel. So that you may not get fatigued, make sure you sit close to the steering wheel.
- Make sure your headlights, brake and indicator lights are in good working conditions. More important is to also make sure your brake pads are in good working condition. Worn out brake pads can damage your brake discs and even lead to brake failure that may result in an accident.
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- Worn out tires are dangerous to drive with. Make sure you change your tires at the right time.
- Avoid driving on the fast lane on the highway. Major highways in Kenya like Thika road have a fast lane always on the far right side. There have been a lot of accidents on this lanes. While it is advisable, and by law applicable, to drive on the fast lane if you will be driving at recommended high speeds, it is also good to be careful. Some drivers who are on this lane may not observe the recommended speed and may drive slower or faster. Always keep your distance on this lane. Sudden braking from the person in front of you may cause an accident if you’re too close.
- Do not drink and drive. This will highly impair your judgement on the road.
- Make sure you are in a physical state that permits you to drive. Perhaps you may not be feeling well, are on medication that makes you drowsy or have lacked vital sleep. If you feel that you may not be able to drive, ask a friend to help or take advantage of public transportation.
- Stay away from your phone while driving at night. It would be better to use a hands-free device, if you have a call that needs your attention.