Tips to Get Discount on Car Rental Uganda

Finding a discount on car rental Uganda is a very hard to find, it takes some trickery and thorough research to get a discount deal. However when a traveler digs deep into, he/she is likely to get a discount. This is because car rental companies try their level best to attract customers or out compete each other through providing discount promotions and other incentives. This also works in the hands of the travelers since they wish to save some money on car rental services to cater for other travel items.

Make a weekly rental or more. Rental companies have a tendency of hiring out vehicles at a reduced price if your rental duration is more than 7 days. For instance a Toyota rav4 is normally at 50$ per day but it can be given to you at 45$ per day if the rental period is more than 7 days.

Stick to one rental company. In any business loyal customers are always given incentives in order to tie them down like forever and this also applies in the car rental business. Rental companies always hire out cars at a discounted prices to return customers.

Try a trick of first opting for a smaller car and then request for an upgrade. When inquiring from a rental company first request for a smaller car with a cheaper price and then as time goes by asking to upgrade for a bigger vehicle. The rental company will have no choice but to hire it out to you at a discounted prices compared to its normal rate.

Make your trip within the discount promo. One of the ways for rental companies to attract customers to hire their vehicles is putting up discount promotion. These are normally set in specific period of time for example during the festival season of December the promotions are very common. There forth, one has to wait for that period to take up your chances.

Make a booking in advance; rental companies always reward early customers with an incentive which could be a discount at the rental car. So as hirer interested in rental discount, ensure that you make a reserving of the rental car at an earlier date let’s say 3 month or 6 months before your travel date and solicit for a discount from the rental company.

Getting a discount on a rental car in Uganda is a no hustle so long as you know the tips to play around with. The above tips are the commonest to adhere to get a discount on car rental Uganda.

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Guide For Delivery of a 4×4 Self Drive Rental Car Uganda

One of the most roaming expeditions in Uganda are self-drive safaris. These involve a traveler hiring a car from a rental company to drive around Uganda on his/her own. It all started out like a trial venture but travelers got much interested in the adventure experience and we have seen lots of rental companies coming up to convoy such experiences to travelers.

In this venture one of the most frequently asked question is “how the 4×4 self drive rental car is delivered to the traveler/client?”

For starters, there are some common spots travelers normally want the rental company to arrange the pick-up of the rental car from. These places include the Entebbe airport because it is the main gateway for travelers who come to Uganda, the hotels/lodges where the traveler spends his/her first day after an airport pick up and also in notable cities like Kampala, Jinja, Mbarara, Mbale and towns near the main national parks in Uganda.

When the date or period of deliver of the 4×4 self drive rental car is about to reach or near, the car provide takes the vehicle for inspection at the mechanic workshop for checkup and repair all the damages and faulty parts in the car. This is done to make sure that the client finds the car in a very proper physical and mechanical condition possible.

The rental car is taken for a test drive to check whether all the faults and damages are repaired by the mechanics. If all is in perfect condition the vehicle is taken to the washing bay for a thorough cleaning.

On the day of delivery, the assigned driver is given the place and the time to deliver the car as agreed between the rental company and the client. He is also given the car rental agreement and receipt book for the payment and endorsement.  The assigned driver/company personnel ensures that he reaches the delivery point before the client.

When the client gets to the delivery point which could be the airport, hotel or a common landmark/structure in the any given city. The meet and greeting is done with the assigned driver.

The client is required to inspect the rental car by looking at its physical condition, checking its operation system and also getting accustomed to the driving system of the car.

After the inspection, the client usually reads through the car rental agreement if not read before to get to know under what terms and conditions is he/she hiring and driving the rental car.  If he/she agrees by the terms and conditions, he/she endorses on the car rental agreement by filling in names, days to use the rental, destinations to visit, nationality, place of residence and start and return date. While going through the car rental agreement, the traveler is also briefed about the dos and don’ts of driving in Uganda.

The traveler is then required to issue an original copy of the driver’s license and the passport for verification to know whether is the actual person to have inquired to rent the car and also if eligible to drive a car. The assigned driver/company personnel takes a photocopy of the driver’s license and the passport.

Finally the traveler makes the payment to the company personnel if he/she didn’t make an electronic transfer before getting to actual time of the car deliverance. It should be noted that electronic transfers or credit card usage is allowed by the rental company 21 days before the rental period below that cash is normally given to the company personnel at the delivery of the car. After cash payment, the traveler is given a received and the send offs are made. The traveler is good to go for his/her self drive experience in Uganda.

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Reliable and Budget Car Hire in Uganda

In the east of Africa there lies a great nation full of friendly people and natural attractions and this country would only be Uganda the motherland. Millions of the people through the year come to Uganda for various reasons like visiting family and friends, wildlife safari tours to the different national parks and others come for trade and political engagement. Like in any other foreign land one needs a very convenient, reliable and safety means of transport to traverse to his/her would be destination.  Although there are very many ground transportation means in Uganda like public buses and taxis, car hire services most meet the needs and purpose for the travelers in Uganda. At self drive in Uganda, we provide reliable and budget car hire services in Uganda as our rental cars can go as below as USD 35$ and have a variety of cars that are readily available to fulfill any travelers with a different purpose of travel and financial status.

Uganda Best reliable Car Rental Services

Our Car rental services in Uganda have been attached to traveling particularly in the field of tourism. The car hire services are a major solution to travel related problems for instance they relieve stress away from the traveler as he/she knows that he/she has a vehicle that can transport him/her at the different destinations without any havoc or worry of hiring different ground transportation means at the different levels as it might be with the public means.  Our Car rental services appeal to all different purposes of traveling that is to say individual traveling, family or business. As one plans his/her trip put into consideration car rental services to solve the transport problems.

 Our Car hire booking in Uganda is arranged in accordance to the customer’s needs and demands. With competent reservation team and well trained drivers, a traveler can get the best and most reliable car rental offers in Uganda. Rental cars that are provided to the clients are fully equipped with traveling facilities to offer safety, comfort and convenient. Car rental services in Uganda serve the best transport means to people seeking to explore the flora and fauna in the different national parks of Uganda. As the traveler books with the car rental services he/she is able to dazzle through the green terrains of the national parks as he/she looks at the exotic mammals like lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes and antelopes to mention but the few.

At self drive in Uganda, the rental cars are available at anytime of the day as we know the status of our clients that they can move or travel at anytime of the day. Thereby providing them with rental cars with no schedule

Hiring a Car in Uganda at a cheap rate

Each and every person is a rational being who needs to spare some money to cater for some other needs since money is a scarce resource. At self drive in Uganda, we make our clients fulfill their objective of saving some money that can cater for other travel needs. We offer our rental cars at a relatively cheap rates for instance a Toyota rav4 can be at USD 40$ and a Toyota land cruiser at USD 65$. The latter prices are unbeatable and it is the cheapest one can get a rental car in Uganda.

Come book with self drive in Uganda and save some money on your car hire services as you get a reliable and cheap rental car to takes you around the motherland.



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Importance of a Local Phone Number on a Uganda Self Drive Safari

The medium of communication is key to a traveler. It makes the traveler get in touch with the person he/she wishes to seek help at a certain period of time. The medium should be effective and convenient to make communication successful between the traveler and the person he/she wishes to contact. Many travelers who take up self-drive safaris in Uganda always wonder how they would make communication in case it is called for. This question comes in queue because Self-drive safaris involve a traveler driving on his own to explore the different tourist attractions so a means of communication is always needed. The advice is always one is to get a local phone number.

How to get a local phone number

One way is to ask from the car rental company to get you a local sim card beforehand.

The other way is- you can get it by yourself. When you arrive in Uganda, you get to the nearest local mobile outlet and then apply for one. The requirement for getting one is always simple.

  • Pay a small fee of usd 1$(ugx3000)
  • Fill in the required form
  • Present an original copy and photocopy of your passport
  • And then the sim card is given to you.

The role of a local phone number on a Uganda self drive safari

Get in touch with your beloved ones at home. Once you get connected to a local number, you are able to contact your family and friends at home. The international call rates in Uganda are relatively low. It is a half a dollar per minute. The call is always clear when you call directly and it is always good to know and also tell your family that you are doing fine and having a good time. It always becomes tense for both you and your family while in a foreign country so a little communication within erases the tense.

Easy access to the internet. The local phone number makes a traveler easily access the internet. In this day and age generation where people can hardly live without the internet, having a local phone number is a lifesaver. With the internet, a person does a lot of stuff like business transaction, paying bills back home, communication and it also help the traveler on a Uganda self-drive get the right bearings of the destinations through the Google map GPS. Most of the local mobile operator have 4G network across the country. The traveler is likely to have a safe and fast internet.

Helps in accident rescue. Sometimes accidents happen to travelers while on a self-drive safari but the ugly part of it some of them may not have a reliable means of communication (local phone number). At the occurrence of the accident, they have nowhere to start from to inform the concerned parties about it. However, this kind of confusion and panic can be bypassed by getting a local number to make effective communication so that the concerned parties (the Rental Company or mechanic) can come to your rescue.

It is a way to calling for safety and security. This world is full of bizarre, there is no ultimate safe place. Insecurity issues can arise at any time in any place at a given time. Therefore a local phone number is much needed to get in touch with the security authorities.  It is also advisable to get the local emergency number whenever the traveler is setting off for a self drive safari.

For proper organization of the pickup and delivery of the rental car. A traveler needs a reliable and effective means of communication to get in touch with the car rental company to make the exact appointment point for the pickup and delivery of the rental car. So a local phone number will be a perfect match for this job.



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Tips to Reverse Park Your Car- Self Drive in Uganda

Reserve parking is one of kind of a hurdle task especially for newly graduated drivers. The whole thing of reserve parking seems to be complex for the driver since whenever they try to command the car goes to the opposite side.

Reserving parking is one of the aspects of driving that is put into details when learning to drive but still it becomes an issue for many drivers. This is a very technical task because a driver does not visibly see where the car is moving but only use the side mirrors to tell the direction of the car. More to that the car has to be squeezed in a small space that is normally left in between the other cars in the parking lot.

To get rid of the havoc that has been bothering you all the time, here we bring the tips to reserve park the easiest way possible:

Why Reverse Parking Is More Preferable?

Many drivers who aren’t comfortable with reserve park, they would rather park upfront in that they dodge what seems to be their nightmare. The upfront park is okay but when you learn reserve park driving becomes a vacation for you.

Above all reserve parking commands convenience and visibility while exiting the parking lot. You are granted safety since you have a clear view of what is coming from the road like the pedestrians and other vehicles. Think of it when you get an urgent call and you would like to drive off straight to attend to the call and then you put again reserving the car and keeping a keen eye on other parties on the road. This leads to time waste and through the rush and tussle, you can easily cause an accident.

How reserve parking works:

Most cars driven in Uganda are old model where by one has to look through the side mirrors to reserve park the car. It is best for you to unfasten the seat belt to easy move your body while looking through the side mirror. It is also commendable to physically look behind through your driver seat.

For the new model cars, the reserve parking is a bit easy due to the technology encrypted. This has back camera monitor and a parking assist system that can easily make your reserve without any hassle.

Steps to proper reserve park

The first step is to look for ample space to where a certain car you are driving will fit. The parking lots normally have designated places for small and big vehicles. So check out for the space where your car will fit.

Secondly get let’s say the end points of your parking space are named point 1,2,3,4 where your left side is 1,2 and the right side are 3,4. Get the car to the right side and ensure that car’s rear bumper is in front of point 3.

Next step, look around to see if there is no car or person close to you or coming through the side mirrors. Then turn on the emergency or double indicator button to set a warning that you are reserving or parking in the back space.

The fourth step is to know the surrounding is clear and get to the reserve gear. Get to the wheel to the right side to get into the space while reserving. You should also keep an eye on the outside.

Keep reversing onto the left side till point 3 appears. Use as the focal point to direct the car into the far end of the space.

Keep moving into the space till point 1 is seen in the left side mirror as you keep looking through both side mirror. when all the lines look parallel in the mirror, straighten up the steering wheel.

Keeping moving while the steering wheel is straight till you reach the far end and then shift the gear in to parking.

That is how easy reverse parking is! It should never worry you again.




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The Complete Guide on Starting Car In Cold Weather- Self Drive Uganda

In a lesser developed country like Uganda, driving is a very challenging task to do especially in a cold weather. Other than the muddy and narrow roads, the car can also get physical and mechanical problems. It is best to be alert of any arising hiccup when driving in cold weather. One of the commonest problems that occur to a car in the cold weather is failure of the car to start.  it is really frustrating to wake up in the morning, trying to start off your journey and then the engine fails to start. The worst bit of it is when the driver literally green about the mechanical operation of the car. This brings so much panic and frustration henceforth ruining your mood of the entire day.

Uganda is regarded as relatively a hot country and the aforementioned problem is very minimal. Though the problem of the car not starting in the cold weather in Uganda is marginal, this is more likely to happen in some parts of Uganda especially in the western and southern part of the country where the temperatures are very low in the wet season and also there are cold streaks in the morning in almost each and every part of the country.  The western and southern part of Uganda that get the cold weather are one of the most visited parts of the country by tourists since they have lots of tourist attractions like the wildlife parks. The tourists usually hire out 4×4 cars from car rental companies in Uganda to drive on their own to the different national parks. Thereby this guide on starting a car in cold weather would help them when they experience any difficulties and also other drivers who may face the problem.

Turn Off The Car Completely.

When you realize that you are likely to park the car in cold weather for some good time, ensure that you completely turn off everything in the car. Every single electric device that uses the battery should be turned off from the lighting system, radio to the heater. Electric devices drain the battery and in cold weather it’s normally at its weakest level of operation.

More to the above, when starting the car in the cold weather ensure that you let the engine run first alone so that the battery gets energized and then turn on the other systems.

Look Out For The Battery Leads

Before getting to the car to start off your journey, get to the car hood and check on the battery area. Normally in the cold weather the battery cable get some salty white substance that weakens the current flow to get to the systems that use electricity. In case you find the substance clean it up and put back the battery cables and then start off the engine. You should also tighten the battery clippers.

For A manual Car Dip The Clutch While Turning On The Car Engine

This is one of the commonest tip used by drivers of manual cars when it fails to start. Dipping the clutch while starting the engine reduces the work the battery is supposed to do in starting the car. You should know most of the car start failure are brought up by issues connected to the battery. So if the work of the battery is minimized at the start of the car then the car will ignite easily.


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Credentials of Hiring a Car in Uganda

 A car is a mechanic machine used to speed up transportation of people and luggage. In Uganda, different cars are used and basically 4×4 wheel cars are highly demanded for successful safaris. Cars that are high demand include safari land cruiser, 4×4 safari van, Toyota coasters and  more. Hiring a car depends on a number of tourist pacs. There are 4 seaters, 7 seaters and Toyota Hiarce which is for 10 pacs. Terms and conditions are considered while hiring a car in Uganda so that the business partners equally benefits. Below are the car rental terms and conditions to be followed when hiring a car in Uganda.

The client has to present a valid identification card. This can easily enable the hire identify him or her and get to know he is dealing with a right person. The Identity card should be in form of a national ID or a valid passport which in any theft or accident issues, it’s easier for the car hirer to trace the client. In addition the client should present a valid driving license which shows that he is eligible to driving. For the foreign clients, their driving permits should be in either English, French which are easily understood by the authorities.

Sometimes car hirers get cars from different car rental companies in case their cars are all out in the field and yet clients are on high demand of cars especially in high seasons. For him or her to  acquire any vehicle in a rental company, he or she has to agree and sign on the agreement issued that in case of any damage , he or she has to compensate for the losses.

There should be a full payment of the fee to the car hire company for the service. The client should pay the full amount of money agreed upon before setting off for his or her safari. He or she can make the payments before the day of pick up or the actual day to pick up the car. The payment should be done through electronic transfers or cash and this should be of the accepted currency such as dollars, shillings, Euros and pound sterling.

All the cars that are rented to the clients have comprehensive insurance that covers for all the damages that occur accidentally. But if the client damages the car intentionally due to careless driving, according to the signed agreement there is a certain payment he has to do to repair the damage and here the insurance company is not responsible. The damages that occur to the driver and clients in the car are not catered for the in the insurance

The hirer must inform you about the duration he or she is to be using the car. In the process he or she must present his itinerary disclosing the destination and purpose of the tour. This will enable a hire to know where exactly his car is going and will be easier to track the car basing on the itinerary. The client should not exceed the agreed duration and if he decides to extend his or her safari should inform the car hirer.

There should not be a third party involved in the business. In short terms, the client should come pick up the car on his own. He or she should not send someone else to pick it on his before. He or she should be present at the rental point where the delivery boy handles over the car.

The car should be used for the rightful purpose indicated on the agreement made between a car hirer and the client hiring the car. The client is not supposed to use the car for other purposes that are not indicated in the agreement such as using it as a taxi for transportation of passengers and make delivery service with the intention of making money.

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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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