Self-drive driving guidelines

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  • Lack of concentration, excessive speed and inexperience with regards to driving on gravel roads are the main causes of road accidents on Namibian roads. Note   that we recommend 60—80 kms/hour on gravel roads.
  • Switch head lights on at all times and definitely when driving on gravel roads.
  • Do not drive at night. Increased game and domestic animal activity cause many accidents. If you intend embarking on an extended camping trip, try to leave at around 10:00 in the morning and reach your destination by 16:00 (17:30 in summer). Plan accordingly.
  • Our vehicles are not small city cars—keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times.
  • Keep safe following distances, especially on gravel roads.
  • Keep as far to the left as safely possible when encountering oncoming traffic.
  • Keep your left foot off the clutch when driving and only compress when you need to change gears. Also do not “ride your clutch” when driving off-road – you will burn out the clutch.
  • Make sure how deep water or a pool is before you attempt to cross water and rivers — especially in the rainy season. Beware of mud pits and quick sand in wetlands—you, the vehicle and all your passengers can disappear is these.
  • Avoid sharp braking and abrupt movement of the steering wheel on gravel roads.
  • Concentrate – be on the lookout for the unexpected: potholes, loose sand sharp bends – read the traffic signs.

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CONVOY DRIVING:

  • Appoint a leader.
  • Stay your numerical order and do not overtake.
  • In case of an accident, the first and last vehicle should put hazards on.
  • Stop only when indicated by the leader – or in case of an emergency.
  • You are responsible for the vehicle behind you – if you do not see it, stop on the side of the road – never on the drive way.
  • Keep convoy speed as indicated by your leader.
  • Never stop on the road surface – especially in dusty conditions and remember to KEEP LEFT!

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