Driving in Kenya.
Driving in Kenya.

Driving in Kenya.

When driving in Kenya you should always keep left. You can only overtake another vehicle on the right side. However, there times when you can overtake from the left when;

Driving in Kenya.
Driving in Kenya.
  • vehicle in front is turning to the right and there is space on the left
  • on highway where all traffic is going on the same directions
  • there is an accident and the only place you can overtake is on the left
  • A police officer in uniform orders you.

There at points where you cannot overtake. These are places are;

  • When approaching a pedestrian crossing
  • when approaching a bridge
  • at sharp bends
  • at a junction
  • when approaching a railway crossing
  • When a single or double continuous line is marked in the center of the road.
  • when the road is narrow
  • when approaching a brow of a hill

There are also places where one must also stop. This is when;

  • At a stop sign
  • Traffic lights sign shows red
  • signaled by an uniformed police officer
  • you have an accident no matter how small it is
  • Signaled by a school crossing warden

There are places where parking is restricted. Place like a bend; on a bridge; near a junction or a cross road; near a pedestrian crossing; near roundabouts; where there are no parking, no stopping ,or no waiting signs;  near a railway crossing; near a bus stop; at the middle road.

When you are driving closer/behind another vehicle or meet traffic from the opposite direction or when driving on a well lite areas or when you approach a pedestrian from an opposite direction at night you should dim your lights

Always give priority to:-presidential escorts; ambulances, police999 and fire engines when they are answering emergency calls.

50KPH is the speed limit in town. However, there are speed limits for cars, lorries, pickups on the highways.

For a car -110 KPH

A lorry- 80KPH

For a pick –up-80KPH

For a trailer – 65KPH

To avoid inconveniences one is required to carry a valid license, valid insurance for your vehicle and a valid inspection certificate for commercial vehicle (TLB).

One is likely to find signs long the road. Its better that you should have the knowledge about each of them and there meaning.They are divided into groups as follows ( A , B & C )


  • Prohibitory signs / Regulatory signs
  • Mandatory /Compulsory signs
  • Signs to be observed.


  • Warning signs
  • Cautionary signs g
  • Hazard informative signs


  • Facility signs
  • Informatory

What is the meaning of: – A – Prohibitory signs?

B – Warning signs?

c – Facility signs?

A – Prohibitory signs give information and orders

B – Warning signs give information and warnings

C – Facility signs give information only

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