‘I learnt driving in a lorry’

What car do you drive? A 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. What do you like about this vehicle? I am more of a utility and less of an aesthetics person when it comes to cars. I like its internal space, power, height and clearance.

Thursday August 28 2014

Kahirimbanyi looks at his Kidyeeri just after it was washed

L-R: Kahirimbanyi looks at his Kidyeeri just after it was washed. It also carries music instruments besides people. PHOTOS BY EDGAR BATTE 

By Joe Kahirimbanyi

What car do you drive?
A 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

What do you like about this vehicle?
I am more of a utility and less of an aesthetics person when it comes to cars. I like its internal space, power, height and clearance.

What is the engine size?
It has a 3.4-litre V6 engine.

Where did you learn driving from?
I officially learnt in Nairobi but I had learnt how to operate a vehicle before. As a child, I used to “steal” father’s keys and drive the car around the compound.

In which type of vehicle did you learn how to drive?
I was taught in a lorry. It was an eight-gear manual affair!

How long did you take to learn how to drive?
About a month.

What important things did you learn in driving school?
I learnt that driving is more than just operating a vehicle. It is also about knowing the road rules, regulations and signs.

What is the furthest you have driven?
I have not driven very far personally but I have been pretty much around the country though I did not drive myself.

Okay but as you were driven to this far point, how much fuel did you spend on the journey?
I think the longest trip was to Kabale and I spent Shs500, 000.
How much do you spend on fuel per day or in a week?
I only drive when I really must, so it is not a daily thing. It is hard to estimate how much I spend on fuel.

How much care do you give to your Prado?
I give her a wash when she needs one. A service every three months and call the mechanic if I feel there is something up with it.

Do you wash it yourself?
No, I have an arrangement with my caretaker at home.

Does your vehicle have a nickname?
Kidyeeri which is local name for a ferry because she carries things from our music equipment and people.

Which was your first car?
My first car was a Toyota FX.
How did you acquire it?
I bought it from my housemate at the time when he was heading to the US.

Did you have to save a lot?
I got it quite cheaply. He was selling because he was leaving the country.

What is your dream car?
I generally like big cars with lots of power and space. There are times when the car becomes my second home. I do not really care much for cars as an accessory. So for me it would be the Mercedes GL.

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