It is that time of the year again when travelers take on our Namibian roads that lead to various holiday destinations. Here we look at a number of do’s and dont’s when driving during the busiest time of the year. Namibian roads have come to be known as accident prone therefore the following may prove vital in avoiding unnecessary loss of lives while you enjoy the road trip.
Road trips: the do’s and don’ts
1. Keep your car clean
A cleaner car means a fresher mind. Even if you can tolerate some chaos, the accumulated junk and minor filth will start to drive you mad in the close quarters that define a road trip.
2. Have a loose plan
Delays are the one thing that you can count on when driving significant distances. No matter how much you plan, you should expect things to go different. Our tip: be flexible and go with the flow.
3. Don’t research your stops beforehand
When you don’t know what to expect at a stop, you can’t possibly be let down by what you discover. Leave the door wide open for weird little discoveries, the city’s true gems. Namibia has so many fun places you haven’t been to, open up and you will be astonished by what you discover.
4. Bring a real, actual map and a really big Sharpie.
Google Maps is awesome for driving directions, but it’s infinitely more fun to track your progress on a real, printed-out atlas. Plus, you can always rely on the printed map when your computer device or GPS gets lost or starts malfunctioning.
5. Ask a local where to eat.
Find a local who looks like they know what’s up, and ask them for eating places around. If your destination is Windhoek, a local person will direct you to a certain place called ‘Kapana’ in the heartbeat of Katutura, trust me your life will never be the same again.
6. Embrace the service station.
Stop at service stations often, grab something to eat, freshen up by washing your face, take time off the wheels and rest then hit the road as your next destination beckons.
7. Take pictures!
This is the best time to get pictures for your Facebook and Instagram accounts. You know of the #Currentsituation. Also this it can be the very opportunity to take those pictures you have always to paste on your wall.
8. Take your time
There is only one B1 road to the north so all the traffic will be on the same road. Take your time; you are in competition with nobody. You should no rush because speed kills. Do your research and don’t try to cut corners by driving at night, there is a lot of active wildlife around during the night time. Enjoy the scenery on your way. Keep it at 120km/h and remember, the aim is to get there alive.