Everything About Fuel Tank Capacity- Car Rental Uganda

A car can never move without fuel. Fuel is one of the most essential fluids in the car to operate. Henceforth every driver needs to know something about the fuel tank capacity especially people (travelers) who rent cars to travel around Uganda. The level of fuel in the car is normally detected by looking at the fuel gauge at the dash board. When the fuel tank is full, the hand at the fuel gauge will get up at the “F” and it will get down at the “E” if the fuel tank is almost empty. The fuel light will also get on warning you that you are running out of fuel.

Knowing the car’s fuel tank capacity

The fuel tank is interconnected to the engine system but found at the basement of the car. The average fuel tank of the car can be 45-90 liters though the sport utility vehicles and the large trucks have a larger fuel tank opposed to that of the small cars.

Nowadays, most of the cars made have one chamber of the fuel tank. It is only the older models and long distance tracks that have two chambers that is the primary chamber (the normal fuel tank) and the secondary tank (the reserve tank). The reserve tank is smaller and is only 15% of the primary chamber.

The amount of fuel to fill in the tank

One can easily know the maximum amount or quantity of fuel needed in your car by simply looking at the fuel inlet cap as there are writings. For vehicles with reserve tanks, 15% of the primary tank is the maximum.  The driver should always leave 5 to 10 liters of fuel in the reserve and this can be determined by the fuel light coming. When you drive on an empty tank, it is likely to damage the engine and more so stop functioning.

There is also a question asked by many drivers,” is it possible to put more fuel beyond the tank capacity?”

This is totally wrong; one should always put the maximum fuel capacity as indicated on the tank. You cannot simply put 60 liters of fuel into a 50 fuel capacity tank. The tank also needs the right volume of fuel to let the free flow of fuel into the engine. If it is floated, there will be no space for aeration and thus leading to vapor locking and in the end damaging the engine.

Distance driven when the fuel light on

The fuel light coming on situation has ever happened to almost every driver of an automobile. Though different driver react different; as there are those that simply panic and rush to the next fuel gas station while others simply drive on. In real sense, when the fuel light comes one, it means that the fuel has reached the reserve level which is around 10%-15% of the full tank, there is no need to panic. One can still drive on for about 5kms. However, it is not good to drive on a dry tank as this weakens the engine since it could be taking in less fuel than the usual one.

 

 

 

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9 Common Mistakes That Damage Cars

Cars command for critical care to operate for a long time. Automobiles have become part of us since they ease the movement of people and goods from one place to another. But cars are not immortal, they have a lifespan and they need to be taken care of to do a good job for the travelers. There have been arguments and debates of how to prolong the life of your car or maintain it in a proper state and different views have been aired by travellers though the results have been far from convincing to all car users. Every traveler has his/her opinion about keeping the car alive and in proper state. As we have previously state there are no clears solutions of keeping the car in its proper state for a long time but here are some of the mistakes car users do to damage the car.

Using Cheap Quality Gas/Fuel

There are different kinds of fuel sold at the gas stations. For instance for the cars that have engines that operate on petrol gas, they can use the common petrol and V Power gas. But these two kinds of gas vary in quality and price. The V power gas is of good quality and high price so the drivers choose the common petrol which at times damages the engine faster. There are also incidents where petrol stations sell cheap gas, these cheap stations normally add foreign components in the fuel which are very damaging to the car engines. It is best to buy fuel at reputable stations like Shell and Total

Using Inappropriate Parts

Like any operating machine, some of the car parts get damaged or worn out while driving or in case of an accident and they need replacement. Some drivers make a mistake and replace them with cheap inappropriate ones and in the due course the main car parts like the engine, gear box and lighting system get damaged. It is best to replace worn out part or damage ones with genuine or exact replicas.

Heavy Foot On The Brakes

Brakes are one of the parts of the car that get easily worn out if not handled well. Any driver should steadily press on the brakes. Exacting too much weight on the brakes, makes them worn out easily and damaging them.

Improper Alignment Of The wheels

Wheel alignment is one of most important task to do on a car. When the wheels are not balanced well, they damages lots of parts of the car like the tires, ball joints and the zs. It is commendable to take your car regularly to the wheel alignment machine to fix the wheel imbalances.

Taking Long to Service The Car

Servicing of the car is all about checking and making some amendments in the operating/engine system of the car and this should be done regularly since the fluids (oil, water, coolant and hydraulic) eventually get finished when the car is into use for some time. On the contrary some people just drive without taking the car for service at the right time. The car must be serviced when it covers about 5000km of mileage.

Resting Hand On The Gear Shifter

This applies to the manual car where the gear shifter is often used. Due to the over use of the gears they get worn out easily if you mistakenly prolong holding the stick. You should avoid resting hands on the shifter to avoid the transmission components troubles.

Accelerating In Cold Engine

Some people a mistake of starting the car at full acceleration which is normally called accelerating in cold engine. You should first allow the engine to get some combustion or heat up for a little while before you setoff in full acceleration.

Driving Car Without Fuel

One of the prime causes of damaging the car life is driving the car on very little fuel. Some people drive the car till the fuel light starts blinking. Remember the car operates at its full strength when there is enough fuel.

Carelessly Driving Through The Potholes

One of the causes of damaging the suspension of the car is driving the car in raged and pothole roads. Some drivers make this mistake and drive the car reckless through the potholes thus causing the damaging of the car suspension. This eventually reduces the life of the car.

Dull Driving

When the car is not driven regularly, there will be a downward in its life. For instance, some parts may get rusty and also the battery dies out if it is not put into use.

Not washing it regularly

The cleanness of the car also matters to its life. Many onlookers look at the appearance of the car. However some car users tend not to clean their cars and then dust takes its toll all over the car. The dust blocks the aeration system and also leaves stains on the car which makes the car look not appealing.

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What To Do When Car Overheats? Self Drive in Uganda

Car overheats is a very common problem in Africa (Uganda) because of the hot weather we experience and old vehicles that we drive.  Over heart of a car is a very challenging and disturbing problem as this may result into the engine failure of the car or even explosion of it. It must be addressed immediately if detected.

Many people hire cars in Uganda for self drive safari but don’t know what to do when the car overheats. This problem is likely to offer to very many travellers who hire cars to visit places like the national park due to the fact the national parks in Uganda are located in the far remote areas. Henceforth driving a long distance, the car is likely to heat at any time if precautions are not undertaken.

We bring to you remedies to use when the car overheats;

Turn the air conditioner off

Every system in the car is attached to the engine so when you realize that the car is overheating immediately turn off the air conditioner system since it regulates temperature. Let the car operate on the usual temperature around it. By also taking off the air conditioner, the engine is relived of the loads of work it is doing. You should open the windows to hasten the process.

Switch on The Heater And Blower

If the heating persist after switching off the air conditioner then turn on the heater and the blower. It looks weird but this normally allows the heat to get away from the engine to inside the car. It will get hotter inside the car but it will save your engine from blowing out.

Burn The Engine While In Idle

This is also another creepy decision but it works as well. When the temperatures of the car raise while in traffic, get the gear into park or neutral and press the gas pedal slowly.  This act speeds up the fun and the water pump, pulling more air and water through the radiator. Both the water and air circulation aid the cooling off the engine.

Stop Driving And Wait

It is best to stop driving the car and park it in a safe place if you detect the engine is about to boil over. Open the bonnet of the car but don’t open the radiator cap since the coolant or water in it is very hot and might get on to your hands thus burning you up. Wait till for some good time and pour water if you want the engine to get back to the normal temperatures.

Precaution tips

Why would you wait for the car to start heating up and then come up with remedies to stop. It is best for you to try to come up with measures to avoid it from overheating.

First the traveller must make sure that the car is serviced well. It has all the necessary fluids for example oil, hydraulic fluid, coolant and water

The driver should always check the coolant or water levels in the radiator regularly especially those on a self drive safari. Long distances normally burn out the water in the radiator.

While driving the car for long distances, ensure that you have some stop overs after every 100kms. With the stop over, the engines gets some relive from burning.

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6 Amazing Things To Do On A Uganda Road Trip

There are many things that can be done on any Ugandan road trip since Uganda is blissed with lots of attractions to enjoy while on a road trip. The things to do in Uganda are some of the most unique and famous to do in world. You can enjoy a lot in the country including the snowcapped mountains of the moon, boat cruises, Lake bunyonyi and its views, mountain gorillas and many more. Even though Uganda is mostly known for mountain gorilla trekking, it’s a very unique safari destination with small bit of everything to offer. This is the main reason why many people prove that Uganda is the pearl of Africa.

Mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda; Half of the population of gorillas resides in Uganda, this is something not to be missed. Over 400 gorillas, 11 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi and 1 group in Mgahinga Gorilla national park. The mountain gorillas are on the must do and see list of most tourists to Uganda. Alongside gorilla trekking, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, interactive cultural walks with the Batwa people as well as birding.

Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda; You can enjoy a one day Ngamba safari, 2 days chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest in Murchison falls and also in Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park as well as Kibale national park. Kibale Forest is believed to have the highest number of the primates in Africa. The park has got 13 primate species, including the rare red colombus, L’Hoest’s monkeys. You can spend an hour observing man’s closest relatives. You might consider spending more time with the chimps with the habituation experience. This is a whole day habituation experience and can be done in Kibale National Park.

Murchison falls national park boat cruises and the game drives, visit top of the waterfalls, ziwa Rhino sanctuary and Budongo Forest walk; the park is in north of Uganda is so amazing. This national offers one of the best all round safari experiences in Uganda. You get to hike down the cliffs of the Murchison falls for the incredible views of the Nile as it explodes through a narrow rocky gap in the gorge, to extend onwards on its long journey to the Mediterranean. There is also the Nile cruise to the falls with wildlife in abundance on the shores is so remarkable. Get to visit Ziwa Rhino reserve and also do chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest.

The tree climbing lions of Ishasha plains and a game drive; there are only two places in the whole world to find the tree climbing lions, these ishasha plains is one of them and other tree climbing lions found in Tanzania. You can track them on a stand-alone safari or a mixed safari with other places of interest.

Get to visit Kidepo valley National park for game safaris, scenic viewing, Karamajong pastoralist communities as well as culture. This lost valley in the north east, along the Sudanese border, has the most wonderful scenery of any protected area in Uganda. There is the rolling, short grass savanna of the 1442 sq km kidepo valley national park was named by CNN as one of the best national parks in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth national park and Kazinga channel launch cruise; this is one of the most popular parks in Uganda filled with wildlife and birds, chimpanzee tracking, the tree climbing lions, kazinga channel were you can see the hippos and crocodiles as you cruise along the shores seeing viewing many birds and lots of wildlife, volcanic craters as well as the rwenzori mountains. This is a perfect park where 5 or 6 days, you can pay a visit to the mountain gorillas.

Lake Mburo National Park is another attraction that can’t be missed on any self-drive safari in Uganda. Get chance to see the big cape buffalos, zebras, antelopes, impalas, elands, Topis, warthogs, on any game drive in the park. The many highlight of the park is the boat safari on the Lake with the UWA ranger, where you will see many hippos, crocodiles, see the eagles and many other animals. The park can easily be visited when you are coming from Kampala and you make a stopover to see a lots of wildlife.

The above six attractions can be enjoyed on any road trip in Uganda, however Uganda ; the pearl of Africa has got a lot to offer to those that visit it.

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Why Rent a 4×4 Jeep For a Self Drive Safari in Uganda?

Self drive safaris in Uganda have become a travel norm. Nowadays, these travel expeditions are put on every adventure oriented person’s bucket list.  There are very many vehicles that can do self drive safaris but the 4×4 jeeps do the job best. To many travelers, the 4×4 jeeps is the ultimate safari vehicle and it is the most popular rental car used by self drive safari customers.

Here are the reasons as to why a traveler should rent a 4×4 jeep for a self drive safari in Uganda;

Affordable

Normally what is referred to as the 4×4 jeep is the Toyota land cruiser prado, the land cruiser prado is one of the cheapest rental car available amongst the car rental companies in Uganda. The Toyota prado normally goes around $ 75- $ 60 depending on the company and the period of time. Many traveler would love to save some money on their travel budget and hiring a 4×4 jeep can really be a life saver.

Robust and Combative

One of the most defining trait of the 4×4 jeep is being very strong and a terminator on the road. In a developing country like Uganda where roads are substandard and raged, the 4×4 jeep is the best suit due to its resilience and ability to maneuver in very harsh road conditions. The 4×4 jeep is well elevated and a four wheel drive car thus being able to swiftly pass through hilly and sloppy roads. The 4×4 jeep is also a relatively fast car. It is some vehicle that can make a traveler traverse so fast through Uganda.

Comfortable and Spacious

Every traveler would wish to travel with ease and comfort and a 4×4 jeep is the answer for traveler who wish to engage in a self drive safari. The Toyota land cruiser is a very comfortable car since it is well elevated and has strong shock absorbers that withstand the jiggering that happens on the raged and pothole roads.  In the interior, the seats are spongy, big enough and also have drink handlers. The trunk is also big enough to fit in luggage for four people.

Fuel Frugal

4×4 jeep/ Toyota land cruiser prado tx has a fuel consumption of 2693cc henceforth being a lower consumer of fuel compared to other vehicles that follow suit. For example, a full tank of 90 litres can drive a traveler for over 700kms which is surefire deal for self drive person.

Great Appearance

Each and every person be it a budget traveler would love to be attached to something looking very nice. A 4×4 jeep is a very nice looking vehicle that would wow the onlookers while driving it. It also commands respect and a good impression when you meet people on your safari.

4×4 jeep is a very good rental car for travelers who take up self drive safaris in Uganda since it has each and every attribute a traveler would wish to have while driving. So those interested in renting a car for a self drive in Uganda look no further, a 4×4 jeep is the ideal vehicle for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Tips To Choose The Right Rental Car in Uganda

Are you in contention to rent a car in Uganda? Look no further, the internet is the right choice. There are very many online car rental companies that offer credible services at fair prices. Though the internet is the best choice to get a right rental car, there are criteria to follow since in any business industry there is always people waiting to do some shady work to cheat customers.

Here are the tips to choose the right rental car in Uganda.

Do Your Research

When wishing to rent a car in Uganda, the first thing to do is to make an extensive research about car rental services. Get to know the minimum and maximum price of renting a car in Uganda, the requirements of renting a car and the terms and conditions. This puts a hirer in position not to be over priced or violate the terms and conditions of renting a car which may lead to paying premium fines.

Disclose Your Needs

In Uganda, car rental companies have a wider fleet of vehicles that serve different purposes for example safari, self drive expeditions, social engagements and political commitments. So it is imperative to note that not all vehicles can serve your travel needs. Henceforth, as a hirer of a vehicle ensure that you tell the operators the travel activity you are going to engage in and the place you wish to go. By disclosing your travel needs puts the car rental position to know a certain car you would need at that particular time other than you just looking at the face of the car and think it’s the right vehicle for the your needs.

The type of The Car

When you disclose the purpose of your travel, the next thing is the size and the features of the rental car. A different purpose of travel requires for a certain kind of vehicle, for instance when going for road trip, a traveler is supposed to get a spacious car that can carry huge luggage. The type of the car should also be known in regards to the number of people, the traveler is wishing to travel with. Different vehicles have different seat capacities for example a Toyota rav4 is normally hired by 2-3 people and for a group of 6-7 people a 4×4 safari van is the best take.

Know About The Car Insurance

It is now a norm of the day that each and every vehicle for hire in Uganda must have comprehensive insurance. This is an insurance that caters for third party and collision damage. This insurance makes the hirer less liable of the damages that may occur on the car while driving it.  There are policies that govern the insurance thus meaning at a certain circumstance the insurance cover works or may not work for the traveler. For example if the traveler gets an accident due to over speeding, drink driving or recklessness, the insurance cover may not apply. S As traveler make sure that the car operator explains to you the car insurance so that you may know your limits.

 

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Guide to Drive a Manual Car for Tourists in Uganda

Though the number of manual transmission cars are gradually decreasing per year, some old school people or even people who love challenge still yearn to drive them. It really takes some craft to drive a manual transmission. In Uganda, people who normally drive manual transmission cars are considered experts and many people would love to be attached to the attribute. Henceforth some people still rent them for self-drive safaris. By knowing the nature of the road transport system of Uganda, it really takes some work to drive a manual transmission car especially when you are visitor.

Here is a guide to drive a manual car for visitors or tourists in Uganda

Know Your Way Around

A manual transmission requires a diver to act by shifting the gears as per the driving situation is in. it is best for a driver to know and anticipate the situation he/she might get in while on the road other than being caught off guard. Manual car is driven by instincts and technical know-how.

Know where the pedals are

Most of the manual transmission cars the pedal are down, the gas pedal or accelerator on the right in the middle the brake and clutch on the left. The clutch helps in shifting gears and keeping the engine on especially when the gas pedal is not pressed. The brakes are for stopping the car and the gas pedal or accelerator for the car movement. But the technicality on the clutch pedal is- some of the are hard to press while other are soft so one needs to find that balance while driving a manual car.

Starting the engine

Starting the manual transmission car engine is very tricky. Some experts say that the driver should first put the gear shift in neutral then the engine hits while pressing the clutch and put off your foot gradually on it as you get the other on the gas pedal as shift the gear to the number one. The popular one is press the clutch and the brake as you get to gear number one then put your foot off the clutch pedal gradually as you press the gas pedal. When the car starts moving then put your foot completely off on the clutch pedal and then good to go.

Parking

Parking is one of the easiest thing to do while driving a manual transmission. All you have to do is; as you nearing to park the car get your foot on the clutch and the brake and then shift the gear to one. The car should always park in gear one.

 

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Self Drive Uganda-5 Tips To Drive Without Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most worrying problems people who drive cars face. This comes as a result poor sitting posture, bad seats and also sitting for long hours while driving. Back pain is really some discomfort that can even go for a lifetime. This is a major problem for long distance travelers since they spend long hours while seated.

Many people who rent cars in Uganda go for self drive safaris to different national parks that are located far away from the city. After the safari, many complain about back pain and here are the 5 tips to drive without back pain.

Have some breaks while driving

Driving a car for a long distance is a very hard task that comes with immerse fatigue for both the mental and physical faculties. It is advisable to take some refreshment breaks for 10-30 minutes. When having a break do some stretching of the limbs and the entire, have some drink and a bite. It is best if you take breaks after every two hours of driving.

Make some stretching as many times as possible

While the seated, the human body system is not at its full operation and thus leading to the contraction of most muscles in the body. Most of the times, muscle contractions come with body discomfort or pain. Therefore while driving get some time to stretch your muscles or body to avoid contraction thus avoiding back pain. You can even stretch in your car while in traffic jam. There are very many stretching ways when sitting.

Carry an ice pack with you

Ice is one of the best reliever of pain. When you place ice on a hurting place especially caused by body inner complications like muscle contraction and body malfunction, it relieves it instantly. It commendable to carry an ice pack in the trunk to treat yourself in case of body hurting problems like back pain arise.

Ensure that your car seat is in the correct position

As the car is driven, the seat is likely to shift its position over some period of time. Therefore, when getting to a self drive safari ensure that you put the seats in their right position or your favored position.

Getting the right position of the seat is one of the most effective remedy of preventing a back pain as most of the back problems come with bad seating posture.

The ideal seat position in car is the angle between the back of your seat and the base of your seat should be between 110-130 degrees.

A good seat position can help a traveler prevent more that 50% of back pain while traveling.

Do body exercise regularly

This is not something that should be tipped off to any human being. It is mandatory for every person to do some work out since the body needs some stretching to burn some fats and expand some muscle to be at full strength to operate well. If you do body exercises regularly, you are likely not to have body pain.

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How to Stay Away of Road Dangers on a Uganda Self Drive Safari

Is driving your passion or just drive for the sake of reaching another destination? Besides that, do you think of the dangers of driving whenever you hit the road or not.

If not you are doing the right thing in a wrong place. Your life is at risk, for safety precautions it’s often advisable and paramount.

You may recognize yourself a good driver, but that doesn’t guarantee you powers of controlling the different dangerous incidents which may occur on the road. It’s something uncontrollable, therefore being careful is the first preventive action to take.

Planning a Self-drive in Uganda?. It’s our pleasure renting you a Car at affordable prices, drive safely by our tips below and enjoy your road trip in Uganda to your fullest.

Survival Tips for Uganda Driving Incidents

Do you prefer being involved in an accident or a fierce brawl on the road? Smilingly am sure the answer is no. But, this is sometimes inevitable. Nevertheless, these survival tips fit best for your own protection whether it’s a crash or a serious road rage.

Drive defensively to avoid unexpected accidents.

Notwithstanding the fact that a defensive driver can have a bad day, careful driving honestly reduces the risk of road crashes. Other precautions to take are: wear the seat-belt, use both hands on the steering wheel, park somewhere to answer a call and keep a distance from the car in front as well.

Don’t get involved in a Road Rage

Usually, it’s of less concern being part of someone else’s anger. Although violent raging incidents are rare in Uganda, managing your temper is the key to avoid something nasty such as an injury.

If the other party is furious, it’s advisable you handle the situation by posing a laid-back attitude. If it’s your fault or just an accident, defuse the situation with a mouthed apology.

Keep Your Distance

Don’t rush, take your time and keep a reasonable distance from a car upfront especially when you are waiting in traffic.

This doesn’t only limit you from unexpected Car scratches and heavy damages but also provides room for maneuvering a way to the roadside in case of an emergency car passing like an ambulance.

Don’t Lose Your Composure

This is probably the most important of survival tips for driving incidents in Uganda. Remaining calm will help to get out of a critical situation without much harm. Whether it’s road rage or accident, keeping your head cool sounds better.

If you hit something on the road or lose control of the vehicle, keeping up the control will allow you to apply the brakes, accelerate, or whatever necessary to recover the damage.

If you are caught in a brawl, apologize and leave the place as soon as possible. Even if the other party uses abusive words and gestures, please just neglect them.

Drive Away

Just drive away from the scene to somewhere you fill safer like a nearby police station in case of any threatening road rage.

Never open the door for a dispute most especially when it’s a crowd. You can be beaten to death or even setting the Car to fire.

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Car Rental Uganda: Qualities of a Good Driver

Renting a car in Uganda has become the norm of the day for many travelers in Uganda. Travelers rent cars for different reasons like leisure engagements, business transfers and political events. Cars in Uganda are majorly rented by foreign travelers due to their convenience, safety and privacy. The foreign travelers are people who do not know much about the country so thereby most of the times needing to hire a car with a driver. However with car rental services, you do not just get any driver for the client, there has to be some qualities you have to look for.

Below are some of the qualities of a good driver for car rental services

Qualified and experienced

The driver should have all the required tools making eligible to drive a car in Uganda. He/she should have a driver’s license and above the age of 21 years.  On top of that he/she should have some good years on the spin while driving in Uganda. He should at least have a three years’ experience. Experience come with confidence on the wheel and hence making less mistakes on the road. Safety is paramount for every traveler and an experienced driver guarantees you some safety on the road.

Punctual and reliable

Time is a variable of traveling because each and every event or activity done while traveling or tour is done at a specific time. Therefore a driver has to be always on time in case the client needs his/her services. He should also be available at any time the client wants to travel.

Informed and knowledgeable

Most of the people who hire cars with a driver are foreign traveler who do not know much about Uganda. Therefore a driver should be have vast travel information about Uganda i.e. the routes leading to various places, climate, money and other currencies and current affairs. He/she should also be fluent in English. English is one of the most used language in the whole world and most of the travelers who come to Uganda at least can speak English so the driver should be in position to communicate in a language the clients have a clue at.

Good hygiene

No one would like to associate with a dirty person. It is very irritating to hang out with a person who has a noxious smell and with shabby and dirty clothes. The driver should always be clean and smartly when with the client. He/she should keep the car clean and organized while driving it. It commendable to wash regularly.

Social

A driver should also be able to interact easily with the clients. Most of the times the traveler would wish to travel with someone they are well conversant with. This forges trust and friendship between the traveler and the driver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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