Driving a car yourself
Violations of speed limits and alcohol abuse are subject to heavy fines. When renting a motor vehicle, the international driving licence and a credit card must be presented. You may have to prove that you have another document than your driving licence (passport, identity card). The renter of a rental car must be between 23 and 70 years old and have held a driving licence for at least two years.
The condition of the roads is not always optimal. Numerous potholes must be avoided with the vehicle. Often several potholes follow each other, or are unexpectedly deep. Slalom traffic is often preferred to official left-hand traffic. Animals suddenly cross the road. Fundamental changes in road conditions due to storms (rain). Another risk of accident is the often poor condition of the vehicles. Defects in brakes, indicators and brake lights, punctures, broken axles and chassis due to overload or rust can have devastating consequences. Defective, broken down and insufficiently secured vehicles are also a danger. If you want to drive yourself, you should contact the local automobile club and your embassy in Nairobi in advance for information about the condition of the roads and the safety situation.
Behaviour towards police officers
You should apologize to the police if you behave in violation of traffic regulations. If it is required that you pay, it is advisable not to resist or show dogmatism.
Avoid these if possible. Poorly or not at all lit cars, carts, motorcyclists and cyclists, people, animals on the road and poorly lit road sections are difficult to spot in the dark. Special care is required.
The fuel supply with premium petrol, regular petrol and diesel can be described as good in Kenya. There are hardly any bottlenecks. Kenya is the only country in East Africa that has its own oil refinery.The filling station network is dense in the more densely populated areas of Kenya. Even some of the lodges in the national parks have their own tank facilities. Only in the very sparsely populated north are the petrol stations often 500 km and more apart. It is absolutely necessary to carry your own stock of petrol or diesel fuel in reserve canisters! In the deserts of northern Kenya you should take advantage of every opportunity to refuel.
Parking a vehicle
If possible, you should place it in garages, fences or courtyards of hotels and lodges. In case of guarding on parking lots, it is appropriate to pay a tip after guarding.