There are a few things to be aware of if you’re visiting Uganda from overseas. Driving in Uganda is like driving in the USA and the UK with some adjustments. The biggest of which is first on the list:
- In Uganda, we drive on the left. That means the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. If you’re from the UK you’ll be right at home. But be aware that the windscreen wipers and indicator levers might be on different sides of the steering wheel. Visitors from the US will have to adapt to driving on the other side of the road. But don’t let this dissuade you. It really only takes 30 minutes of careful driving to get accustomed to driving on the left. The key is to take your time and focus. Once you’ve become comfortable with it, you won’t notice the difference.
- In Uganda, the legal way to park your car at the side of the road is with the car pointing in the direction the flow of traffic. Remember that most people abide by the road signs so just follow the general direction that other cars or campervans have taken. But if you park your vehicle the wrong way around (facing the oncoming traffic) you risk a fine.
- The open roads are very inviting and speeding can be a problem. Don’t give into temptation and put your foot down. There are many speed cameras in every part of the country. Speeding in Uganda is very dangerous. And it’s also costly.
- Everyone must wear a seatbelt. And that means everyone. Backseat passengers please buckle up!
- Don’t overtake on yellow lines. Not only is it illegal, you’re playing a risky game when drivers on the other side are not expecting overtaking cars to approach them head-on.
6. To drive in Uganda you’ll need a valid driver’s licence from your own country in English. An international driving licence permit is only required if your document is not in English. If you plan on spending longer than a year in Uganda you will have to take the local driving licence exam.