Zebra Crossing / Pedestrian Crossing

Almost 40% of the death toll on our streets origintates from ‘running over’ of pedestrians. Zebra crossings are designed to guarantee a safe passage for pedestrians. Be aware that we as drivers are in the stronger position and those pedestrians are in a very vulnerable position: hence be caring and be extra vigilant when you approach zebra crossings / pedestrian crossings.

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Vehicle Testing & Registration

Annual vehicle testing & registration is compulsory by law.

How to manage it right

  • Your vehicle has to be checked for technical road safety on a yearly basis (some exceptions for new vehicles apply)
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Vehicle Maintenance

In Kenya we heavy rain and flood conditions and the little if summer temperatures take a normal toll on our vehicles. In the winter season, rain, fog and storm pose other challenges. The general maintenance of our vehicles is key to avoid break downs or accidents.

How to manage it right • Have your vehicle checked regularly by the experts (not only at registration -renewal!)

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Vehicle Geniune Spare Parts

In Kenya taxing conditions it is vital to maintain vehicles to the highest standards and in case of repairs or modifications, to rely on original spare parts and accessories

Original spare parts and accessories have been designed, manufactured, tested and certified to the highest quality standards of the vehicle brand (Original Equipment Manufacturer – OEM), .

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Vehicle Fire

Vehicle fires are a burning issue in some case, literally. Especially in the hot summer months, we experience a series of vehicle fires. Research indicates that 75 percent of vehicle fires are caused by bad maintenance, mechanical or electrical failures or malfunctions. Collisions or overturns caused only 3% of these fires but 57% of the associated deaths. One-third of non-fatal vehicle fire injuries occurred when civilians attempted to fight the fire themselves.

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Advice for older drivers

People of all ages often think they drive better than they actually do.

So it is important that when nature begins to tell you to slow down, you recognise that your driving will be affected. The good news is that by changing the way you drive just slightly, you should be able to carry on driving and enjoying it more safely.

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Tire Safety

Tire related accidents cause around 5% of the Kenyan traffic death toll and this is too much!

All vehicle tires must be procured, fitted and maintained properly, considering the taxing climate. High temperatures can become a serious problem for tires, especially if they are not properly maintained. Incorrect inflation pressures, poor wheel balance and alignment also contribute to a reduction in tire life and safety.

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Speed

Unfortunately, we all witness speeding on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, speeding is one of the main contributors to the death toll on our roads. Many of us drive very powerful and fast cars and we have to use those vehicles in a very responsible manner. If we want to experience the thrill of speed there are option available on our Kenya, race tracks to do so in a safe and controlled environment and under the supervision and guidance of true experts – but speeding on the roads is just a no-Go!

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Signal your Intention

Last year, more than 25% of the dead toll on Kenyan’s roads was attributed to illegal changing of lanes or lane swerving. This is very often linked to not using the indicator and warning other drivers about the intended lane changes. Also, many non-fatal accidents can be avoided when indicators are used and other drivers can react accordingly. Signaling / using the indicator ALWAYS when you want to change your direction, protects YOU and OTHERS! It is not rocket science – and it can save lives!

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Safe Kids in the Vehicle

Kids in the car’ is a very serious topic, for many reasons:

  • Every year, kids die when left alone in hot cars.
  • Kids get run over when they play close to cars, often this happens in residential areas.
  • Kids get injured or die while playing unattended in cars.
  • Kids have a different awareness than adults, which sometimes results in unpredictable behavior of kids on our streets.
  • Buckle up your kids – always!!
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Road side emergencies

Hard shoulders are designed to allow vehicles in emergency situations to stop safely and wait for help. Also, they help emergency crews of police ambulance and fire trucks to reach the locations of accidents, or attend emergencies. Unfortunately we witness the misuse of shoulders on a daily basis.

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Road Etiquette & Politeness

Road Etiquette & Politeness is the foundation of any driving-’culture’! In Kenya, due to it’s influx from many different driving-cultures, is seems there is the lack of one defined and universally accepted set of road etiquette rules. In our opinion, this set of Road Etiquette & Politeness rules must be established, broadly and consistently communicated and ingrained into the behavior of all drivers, in order to create a strong base of better road safety!

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Reversing when you missed the exit

On a daily basis, we experience drivers reversing on the hard shoulder when they missed an exit. This irresponsible and highly dangerous behavior can cause fatal collisions and must be avoided! As described in the topic ‘hard shoulder’, driving the shoulder is off-limits.

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Red Light Jumping

More than 5% of people killed on our roads due to red light jumping, which happens at more than 20,000 a year! This is clearly avoidable.

How to do it right

  • Anticipate the potential signal change when approaching signals
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Public Bus Safety

Bus Safety is of big relevance to Kenya and most unfortunately we witnessed some bad accidents this last when we lost 42 Lives on the sport. Accidents with buses are often tragic, because a bigger number of passengers can be effected, compared to passenger cars. Lack of attention and tiredness often plays a role in bus safety and drivers and their employers need to pay utmost attention. Drivers must do everything in their powers to be alert at all times and employers need to have the right policies in place to protect their drivers, the passengers and other traffic participants.

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Pre Drive Vehicle Check

When your vehicle breaks down, it can turn into a real nightmare, but performing a Pre Drive Vehicle Check potentially helps motorists to avoid a breakdown disaster – nobody wants to get stranded on one of our highways or en-route to an important meeting! Motorists can determine how road-ready their vehicle is with a quick visual vehicle check. If your check discovers that service or repairs are needed, they can be performed in advance to ensure your safety and convenience on the road, and they even Read More

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian safety must be taken more seriously! More than 3000 pedestrians are getting killed on Kenya’s road every year! The latest statistics from the National Transport Safety Authority show that 3,000 people died and over 10,000 others were injured in such accidents in 2013. Traffic authorities said many of the accidents were caused by motorists driving at excessive speed or jumping red lights. They also blamed people crossing at non designated spots and motorists not giving way to pedestrians.

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Overlapping

One of the most annoying acts of reckless driving is drivers jumping the queue. It is hard to understand why some of us believe they are above others when it comes to waiting for their turn. It is one act of misbehavior we can witness literally every single day. Especially when traffic gets dense, immediately those irresponsible drivers mushroom out of nowhere.

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Near schools and school buses

Unfortunately, we experience a lot of bad behaviour around schools when it comes to picking up or dropping kids. We also must display the safest driving behavior when encountering school buses.

How to do it right – around schools

  • Be extra alert and careful when you are driving close to schools, kindergartens and universities!
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Motorcycle-Boda Boda

Motorcycle (BodaBoda riders are more vulnerable than drivers of other vehicles, simply because there is less steel around them to protect them. Also, they are more affected by poor street conditions, poor weather conditions and poor light conditions. Also, motorcycle riders might be impacted by centrifugal forces in curves or by gusts of wind more than other drivers.

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Novice Drivers

Passing your test is the first step in learning to drive and shows you have the skills you need to drive safely. In your first twelve months of driving you will start to develop your driving skills further, especially anticipating other road users’ behavior to avoid having a collision.

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Mobile Phones

Drivers engaged with their Mobile Phone is a daily sight in Kenya! Driving must take our full concentration, because many unfortunate things can happen if we are distracted. In a world where everyone needs to be connected all the time, talking, texting and browsing with mobile phones became a significant cause of road accidents and fatalities.

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Lane Discipline

27% of all fatalities are linked to incorrect changing of lanes or serving, as well as 20% of all accidents and 21% of injuries. This makes it the #1 killer on our roads!Changing lanes properly can be a complex maneuver and it must always take our full attention!

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Keep Distance

According to data from the Ministry of Transport/NTSA, ‘not enough Distance to the car in front of you’ /Tailgating is the #3 killers on our roads! How to manage it right!

Make sure, that you leave enough space to the car in front of you:

  • To be able to brake if needed
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Flashing your Lights

Flashing your lights, is strange to many of us – especially to western expats. However, in the fast lane, flashing your lanes it is a common norm in Kenya in case you want to overtake a slower car, which does not clear the fast lane.

How to manage it right!

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Fasten Seat Belts

It is the law to buckle up, but still, many people do not fasten seat belts! Every year,Kenya Traffic Police and fine 10′s of Thousands of drivers who do not buckle up.

On the back seats, only 20% of passengers buckle up! Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury.

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Emergency vehicles

Emergency vehicles like police, fire, ambulance and similar have to respond to urgent calls. Time is of the essence! Precious time lost could mean the difference between life and death.

The biggest problem for emergency vehicles to reach their destination quickly are motorists who panic at the sound or sight of emergency vehicles. Some drivers stop in the wrong place and others don’t give way at all, especially during rush hour.

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Driving Under Fatigue

Fatigue is often ranked as a major factor - estimates suggest that fatigue is a factor in up to 30% of fatal crashes and 15% of serious injury crashes. Fatigue also contributes to approximately 25% of insurance losses in the heavy vehicle industry. Driver fatigue is particularly dangerous because one of the symptoms is decreased ability to judge our own level of tiredness. Fatigue is more likely to be a factor in crashes in rural areas as they can involve long trips and extensive periods of continuous driving, however anyone can be affected by fatigue.

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Driving in Bad Weather

Driving in bad weather in Kenya is often linked to fog, rain or flood with low visibility being the common denominator. Every year, we suffer pile-ups which are typically a chain reaction. One accident occurs, sometimes just a small fender bender, and following motorists cannot avoid colliding with obstacles in front of them due to the lack of proper distance, lack of attention or too high speeds.

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Driver Time Managment

Much of the bad behavior on the streets is caused by drivers who are IN A RUSH to get somewhere on time. And this is the very problem! Being in a rush can cause us to over-speed, to drive recklessly, to forget the basic rules of road etiquette and politeness, to jump queues, to bully others who are in our way, and so on!

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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in other activities—such as looking after children, texting, talking on the phone or to a passenger, eating, or reading—that take the driver’s attention away from the road. All distractions compromise the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians and those in other vehicles.

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Cyclist

Sadly, in 2013 we witnessed accidents involving high profile Kenya based sports men riding their bicycles within counties. This draws a lot of attention to a topic which concerns many residents: the sports and recreational riders on the one hand, but also a big group of the working class, mainly gardeners and delivery/collection men on the other hand.

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Choosing the Right Insurance

Choosing the right motor insurance is part of Road Safety and you must take care of protecting yourself, your passengers, your vehicle and any third party by having the right level of cover.

What you need to know:

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Be Visible

Your visibility on the road is key to staying safe: SEE AND BE SEEN!

Driving without lights at dusk, especially for darker color vehicles, can make you almost invisible in the rear mirrors of other motorists. And cyclists and motorcyclists with defunct or no lights at night become dangerous for both riders and drivers alike. Since most of the streets in Kenya are very well lit,

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Accidents & Rubbernecking

Rubbernecking – slowing down to take a good long look at an accident (often a minor fender-bender) – is very annoying since it produces traffic jams ‘for nothing’!

We all have seen accidents and hence there is no need to slow down on the roads to soak in another one!

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Speeding

The Dangers

The faster you drive, the less time you have to stop if something unexpected occurs. At 100 kph, your car will travel 3 metres ,it takes a second for an accident to happen. At 60 kph this distance is reduced to just 1.6 metres – which can mean the difference between life and death. Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents

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Drug Driving

When you are driving, your brain has to deal with many things and process countless data. Alcohol affects your ability to concentrate and to make quick decisions on the road, slowing down your reaction times. The more you drink, the more your eyes stop moving completely for periods longer than a second, so you can never be fully aware of your surroundings. IT IS ALSO COMPLETELY ILLEGAL TO DRIVE AFTER EVEN ONE DRINK! YOU WILL GO TO JAIL! The Solution NEVER, NEVER drive if you have consumed alcohol.

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safety as a Passenger

When you are a passenger in a car you have the right to be safe. Any driver who speeds or drives whilst distracted is putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk of being killed or seriously injured.

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