Africa is a beautiful continent with many wonders to be enjoyed. If you happen to be driving around any African country, you will notice that most roads, especially in the rural areas, are nothing to write home about. For this reason, there are some items that should always be kept in the vehicle. We will look at some of these things and reasons why you should never leave them behind when driving in Africa.
Spare tire and repair kit
Having a spare tire is by all means necessary not only in Africa but the world over. The reason why it is emphasized in Africa is because the rough feeder roads are fraught with various sharp objects that can easily puncture your tire and leave you stranded if you had no spare in your trunk. Having the spare tire is simply not enough because you can change the punctured tire and fall into the same situation a few miles down the road. To be on the safe side, it is important that you have a tire repair kit to fix the punctured tire and be ready for any incident.
First Aid kit
It is in the traffic rules of all African countries that you have a first aid kit in your vehicle. Apart from doing as the law demands, it is for your own good that you have one of these life saving boxes. There are many hazards and risks when driving a vehicle, be it a headache or a scratch on the hand, the first aid box will lessen the seriousness of the situation before you get medical attention from a professional.
If you are planning a long drive that involves night hours, it is only safe that you take with you a functioning flashlight. It is not a must that you had planned for dusk to find you still driving, things happen and when you are out on the road with a mechanical problem, the flashlight will be your best pal.
You might be wondering why you need a shovel, but you are in Africa, where sand and mud are the worst enemies for drivers. It is easy to get stuck in the mud or sand far away from a town and having to spend hours on end trying to dig your vehicle’s wheels out using a stick. To avoid all the stress and fatigue do put a small shovel in your trunk just incase you get stuck.
Food and Water
You might be driving along a road that has not so many towns and thus you will need supplies. Have some snacks to last you a few days and a lot of water for you and for the radiator. If you are in hot regions, you can have a small cooler to keep your drinks cold.