She’s Mercedes: The She’s Mercedes ladies will this Saturday hold a safety drive within Nairobi and its environs. The drive is scheduled to start at around 10:00 am on Saturday.
The drive follows the Mercedes Benz Club of Kenya’s Daimler accreditation and has been dubbed as ‘She’s Mercedes’. The drive will take place mainly along the Southern Bypass.
“Our drive purposes to create awareness on road safety via the rallying call ‘Road Safety Begins With Me‘, said Cathy Mwangi, the MBCK Secretary.
Mercedes Benz Club of Kenya hosts themed drives from time to time. Besides the drives, the club provides members with opportunities to bond and get to learn more about the different types of Mercedes Benz cars and their capabilities.
Further, the club boasts of a wide network of vehicle and parts dealers in Kenya and other parts of the world making it easier and cheaper to get any car, part or accessory needed from trusted sources and with minimal hustle.
MBCK has set itself apart as the leading luxury vehicles club in Kenya due to its road rules and drive practices. For example, during a drive like the one scheduled to take place this Saturday, the club requires that:
1). SPEED LIMIT
The club operates within the stipulated speed limits. All participants are required to adhere to this to ensure safety of participants and to avoid getting arrested or attracting fines.
2). SUBSTANCE AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
MBCK does not tolerate the abuse of controlled substances or alcohol by any individual wishing to participate in the event.
3). THE LAWS OF KENYA: TRAFFIC ACT
Each and every participant is required to observe the Traffic Act as defined by the Laws of Kenya. Violation of these may lead to disqualification. In the event that a participant violates a traffic law and is arrested or fined, MBCK will not be responsible.
4) GENERAL ITEMS
• Arrive at the starting point in good time for the briefing on the route and destination of the trip.
• If you are unexpectedly running late, let the organizers know.
• Keep good distance with the car you are following.
• Overtake only when legal and safe to do so.
• If a member of the group or public wants to overtake you, please let them. Don’t close up the gap to the car in front of you and force the overtaking car into a dangerous maneuver.
• Do not commit the cardinal sin of overtaking the trip leader.
• If you are not the last car and you make a turn or go through lights that change, wait for the car behind to catch up.
• Allow other drivers to move in and out of your convoy. Be patient in letting them find their place and pass them if necessary when they settle in a bad spot.
• If you are going to leave the group before the end of the trip, please tell the Lead Car and the Sweeper know.
5) IN CASE OF DIFFICULTIES OR PROBLEMS
• Call the Sweeper using the numbers provided
• Flash your lights .
• If a car gets in trouble, nobody in the convoy stops EXCEPT for the sweeper. The sweeper will ensure everything is alright and the convoy must proceed on until a suitable
stopping place is found.
6) VEHICLE PREPARATION
• Your car should have a Jack,wheel spanner, two (2) safety triangles, flash light, jumper cables (if automatic) and well pressurized spare tire.
• Check and ensure that all brake, indicator, parking and head lights are working.
• At least 3 days before the trip check , adjust/ replace and test drive brakes (foot and handbrake), bonnet latch, wheel bearings, shock absorber mounting, ball joints and key suspension bushes. Avoid any major works on the vehicle a day before the drive.
• On the morning of the drive, check and top-up window washer, coolant, oil, ATF and any other lubes to the correct level.
• Ensure that you have a tool kit in the vehicle with the most common and basic spanners applicable to your vehicle.