There are always new things to learn. After a night drive on the Northern Corridor, mostly in western Kenya, I discovered a fascinating new world of night travel etiquette.
I quickly realized that regular motorists don’t like to leave much time behind-distance trucks at night . My inexperienced mind told me that while they were slow, they were the best choice; They used to be a couple, and as frequent users of the corridor, they know it well.
Then there was some behavior I couldn’t understand. Some guy rushes by in a Subaru or Toyota Landcruiser and in a matter of seconds you can see his taillights disappearing into the distance. However, a few kilometers later you catch up with them. They drive slower than you and let you pass, only to shoot past you about three miles later. Once it was determined that it wasn’t carjacking, all that remained was to explain their seemingly erratic behavior.
On a trip marred by many stops, I took courage to do it to pursue. It turns out that while night trucks are reassuring in numbers, they’re also more common targets for street bandits because they carry valuable cargo. You steal a small car, the driver could be a police or military officer who could shoot you in the face. Then you might find the lad carrying potatoes and cornmeal in the trunk, which isn’t really a groundbreaking premium.
Second, while truckload is precious, it’s also insured, so a driver has less incentive to his defense of being killed. Also, they’re tough guys who’ve seen it all. You’re not going to jump out of a truck hauling $500,000 worth of goods to help you fend off someone trying to steal your tiny wallet.
That’s it, it’s done the problem of apparently unpredictable driving remained. It turns out there is a method for doing this. Depending on the nature of the thieves, they usually attack the car in front, knowing that those behind will turn around and flee, or the car in back because the ones in front don’t turn around to help it.
Good long distances -Night riders alternate front and rear to share risk. But the most important thing is the front. When you’re out on the road, you have to invest your time in opening the way and laying your neck on the line for the team. Once I figured that out and did my bit, I got a seat at the table and they stopped humming and aggressively passing me.
Driving on Kenya’s highways is probably not good for those wearing dentures and contact lenses carry . There are so many massive bumps and endless roller lanes that if you don’t use the track regularly you’ll be thrown into the air and quite shaken up.
Therefore you should drive at night, look for the car that far ahead hits the brake lights and suffers no misfortune on the humps. This guy is a veteran of the track. After completing your duty at the front, make sure to stay behind him. How to get home without a broken contact lens.
Charles Onyango-Obbo is a journalist, author and curator of the Wall of Great Africans. [emailprotected]