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In addition to these hazards, driving at night poses serious threats to your safety. The State Department cautions:
Driving at night can be hazardous and is discouraged. Even in Lusaka there are few streetlights, and pedestrians on the edge of the road are difficult to see. When breakdowns occur, local drivers place a few branches behind the car to indicate trouble, but they are hardly visible at night. As a result, many drivers use their high beams at night to detect stopped vehicles and pedestrians. However, many drivers fail to dim their high beams when approaching other cars, and many cars have a non-functioning headlight. Read more…
It is not uncommon for police to set up roadblocks along roads and ask drivers to pay a fine. This is an uncommon practice in the United States and can be startling. If you find yourself in this situation, be sure to ask for an official receipt or ask to be directed to the nearest police station where you can pay the fine directly. As always, weigh the pros and cons of choosing to drive in Zambia during your trip planning.
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