The highway code is a written manual containing rules, regulations, procedures and conduct of all road users. In Zambia, all motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists are required to keep left on the roads while pedestrians are required to keep right facing oncoming traffic.
THE TEN (10) BASIC RULES
(i) KNOW THE HIGHWAY CODE VERY WELL AND PUT IT INTO PRACTICE:
The Highway Code is the road user's bible and by keeping to the rules you will do much to keep our roads safe and more pleasant for all.
(ii) CONCENTRATE ALL THE TIME ON YOUR DRIVING TO AVOID ACCIDENTS:
Complete concentration will enable you to see and take notice of every detail. It is often the smallest detail that gives the clue to what will probably happen.
(iii) INTERPRET THE TRAFFIC SITUATION CORRECTLY BEFORE YOU ACT:
The idea that a good driver drives automatically is not true. The truth is that by concentrating all the time and thinking, he/she has raised driving to an art. Every driving operation and manoeuvre is a problem which, like every other problem, can be solved by interpreting the traffic situation.
(iv) EXERCISE PATIENCE AND 'HANG BACK' WHEN NECESSARY:
To 'hang back' is to follow at a safe distance the vehicle ahead which you eventually intend to overtake when the road is clear. When in doubt, 'hang back'.
(v) DRIVE WITH CARE AND GIVE COURTESY TO OTHER ROAD USERS:
Good driving continually calls for the making of quick and correct decisions, all of which must be carried out with care, especially
(vi) ADAPT YOUR SPEED ACCORDING TO THE ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND NEVER EXCEED THE SPEED LIMIT:
It is not always safe to drive at the highest speed allowed, even though the law permits you to do so. In some cases such a speed is dangerous. Only unwise persons can drive fast enough to be dangerous.
(vii) DEVELOP YOUR CAR SENSE AND REDUCE WEAR AND TEAR:
Car sense is the ability to get the best out of your car; it entails smooth and thoughtful operation of the controls with hands and feet. This can only be reached if the operations are carried out in good time. Car sense adds to your safety.
(viii) USE YOUR HORN CONSIDERATELY AND GIVE PROPER SIGNALS:
Use the horn to give warning only. Use the signals given in the Highway Code. An incorrect signal is misleading and always
(ix) BE SURE YOUR CAR IS ROADWORTHY AND KNOW ITS LIMITATIONS:
Before trying to drive a strange car, get used to its controls, acceleration and braking.
(x) PERFECT YOUR ROADCRAFT AND ACKNOWLEDGE COURTESIES SHOWN TO YOU BY OTHER ROAD USERS:
The Highway Code urges all to be courteous, but a good driver goes further and acknowledges the courtesies shown to him by every other road user.
For more details including how to obtain a driver's licence in Zambia, visit www.rtsa.org.zm or call 983 toll free line on all networks.
Be road smart, Life is precious