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Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

Driving on the left on Rwanda Self Drive car hire arrangement can be tricky  Seeing as Rwanda drives on the left-hand side of the road, there’s a good chance you will be too when you chose to rent a self drive car with rent a Car Rwanda. With so much to already take on board, such as different highway codes, new driving etiquette and unfamiliar scenery, Rent a Car Rwanda helps you make your Self drive trip in the other lane as safe and stress-free as possible.

Practice – Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

If its your first time in Rwanda, and you’ve never driven on the left before, or never driven a left-hand drive, then first take the car for a gentle spin down a quiet road around kigali so you can get used to everything being on the ‘wrong’ side.

Don’t try anything flash – Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive


Let yourself get used to the new positioning before you attempt any complex manoeuvres on busy roads – again, have a drive around the car park at our office if you’re a little apprehensive.

Ask the passenger – Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

If you have someone else in the car with you then they can act as useful extra eyes, especially when reversing or parking. They can also act as a navigator, allowing you to get on with the job of concentrating on the road ahead.

Overtaking – Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

Vehicles will of course overtake on the right , rather than on the left, so keep a weather eye on your right wing mirror and also on the blind spot over your left shoulder, but note that the speed limit while driving in Rwanda is Maximum 60, 40 in the Kigali city centre.

Roundabouts – Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

It sounds obvious but remember that everything works the other way around – traffic on roundabouts flows counter clockwise and you need to give way to traffic coming from the left. Similarly T-junctions in Rwanda give priority to vehicles approaching from the right.

Go slow – Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

This will give you plenty of time to make good driving decisions, react to potential hazards and also to see what other road users are doing.

Pedestrians – Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

Be especially careful in case of pedestrians – they may not be where you expect them!

Take a break -Driving on the left on a Rwanda Self Drive

We fall into old habits even more when we’re tired, so if you feel fatigued then have a rest, you could take a rest in one of the gas stations on the way to your destination or simply take a nap in your car, as long as you have parked safe at the side of the road  .

Familiarise your Self in Rwanda

Familiarise yourself with any particular road laws in Rwanda or Rwanda driving etiquette. Knowing in advance what is normal and how things are usually done may save you a lot of bother. We have written blogs covering rules of the road, so if you are visiting, be sure to check them out!

We hope that you have found this collection of tips useful! Now go and put them into practice!

Updated: February 12, 2019 — 8:47 am
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