New Tips for car rentals in Uganda

If you’re planning on renting a car in Uganda, there are a number of things you ought to consider in order to avoid the hustle and the mistakes that usually arise during car rentals in Uganda. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Choose a reputable car rental company

The car rental journey often starts with a Google search or a recommendation from the Bing Ai assistant. Depending on the keyword you use in your search, you will be given a number of options some of which might not be reliable.

In order to sort out the best, sometimes you have to link into the Tripadvisor reviews as well as the Google reviews to get a clear picture of the company you are hiring from.  With this extra caution, you can ensure that you hire a reliable operator.

However, it is also important to keep in mind that the new companies that do not have any reviews are often more careful to ensure that they provide better services that will earn them a place among companies with good reviews. Therefore you can take your chances on companies that do not have any reviews at all.

Book in advance:

Make sure to book your car rental in advance, especially if you’re traveling during peak season. This will help you secure the car you want at the best price.

Check the car condition:

Before you sign the rental agreement, inspect the car thoroughly for any damages or defects. Take photos of any pre-existing damage so that you’re not held responsible for it later.

It is also better to hire a car with a digital mileage display since it is relatively harder to change. When hiring a car based on mileage, you can easily get fooled through reversed mileage

Get insurance:

Make sure to get comprehensive insurance coverage to protect yourself in case of any accidents or damage to the rental car. Without comprehensive insurance, you might end up in jail in case of a fatal car accident. It is therefore recommended that you hire a car that is comprehensively insured.

Familiarize yourself with the driving conditions:

Uganda has different driving conditions compared to other countries, including narrow roads, potholes, and unpredictable traffic. Familiarize yourself with these conditions before getting behind the wheel.

Carry your driver’s license:

You’ll need a valid driver’s license to rent a car in Uganda, so make sure to bring it with you. A local driving license or an international driving license is enough to allow you to drive in Uganda. However if you are spending more than six months in Uganda, you will be required to get a local driving license

Follow traffic rules:

Uganda has strict traffic rules, including speed limits and seat belt requirements. Make sure to follow them to avoid any fines or penalties.

Plan your route:

Plan your route in advance and carry a map or GPS system with you. This will help you navigate the roads more easily.

By following these tips, you can have a safe and enjoyable car rental experience in Uganda.