Tips for Driving in South Africa

Driving in South Africa
When driving in South Africa, you should be aware of the various road rules and local knowledge to get you by without any hassles. Roads are generally in very good condition within the city areas, however when driving in the outer regions you will be faced with unsealed roads and potentially dangerous driving conditions.

  • In South Africa, you drive on the left hand side of the road. The same as in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and various other countries
  • Drivers are to keep to the left and pass other vehicles on the right hand side
  • Seatbelts for all passengers are required by law
  • Drinking alcohol while driving in South Africa is highly frounded upon. In fact, it is dangerous and a well known killer on the roads
  • The Legal age for driving a car in South Africa is 18
  • Speeding is a killer on the roads in South Africa, so please keep to the speed limits by observing the roadsigns. Police will be patrolling checking for potential speeders
  • Speed limits change depending on the type of road - Highways are approx 100-120km, while city roads range between 60km - 80km per hour.
  • Seatbelts are required for all passengers in Cars and Vans within South Africa
  • The use of Mobile Phones is illegal
  • Keep an eye out for Toilets, shops and Petrol Stations throughout your journey, and remember if you are tired, please take a break beside the road or at a dedicated rest stop
  • Ensure your car is well equipped for the journey including topping up on petrol when required and ensuring you have enough Oil and Water in supply
  • Ensure your tyres are inflated to their required amount of tyre pressure
  • If towing large caravans please ensure you have proper mirrors to ensure you are able to see other vehicles on the road
  • If driving a Campervan or Motorhome, ensure you know your vehicle well
  • If carrying large amounts of goods in a Van, Bakkie, or Utility or Trailer, please ensure you have completely secured the items and protected them from any damage caused while the vehicle is moving
  • Be alert, and ensure you keep an eye out for any pedestrians or animals that may be crossing roads or walking alongside the streets.
  • When driving through tunnels, please ensure you have your headlights on
  • If driving at night, ensure you have your headlights on and do not use high beams when you have traffic moving towards you

Driving in South Africa should be a joy, so please enjoy your ride and be safe and your passengers and fellow drivers will respect you. Plan your trip in advance, keep a map or GPS handing and there should be no problems!

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