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USEFUL INFORMATION FOR CAR HIRE - SOUTH AFRICA
There are strict speeding limits in South Africa that should be adhered to at all times.
Speed limits vary, even on similar stretches of road, so try to stay aware of any changes. You can be fined (or worse) f you are caught speeding.
Locals will often be seen breaking the speed limit, but you should not - don’t be dragged into feeling that you’re travelling too slowly.
The speed limit can vary from 40km/h in some built-up areas to 110km/h (about 65mph) on highways.
|Built up area
|Other Driving Laws
Always park with your car front facing the direction of the traffic.
Seat belts must be worn at all times.
The use of mobile phones when driving is prohibited.
You must carry your driving licence with at all times when driving your vehicle and if it does not have a photo ID, you should also carry your passport.
|General Driving Tips
South Africans drive on the left hand side of the road, and all signposts are written in English.
A 'robot' is the South African term for 'traffic lights', so when asking for directions you may be told 'turn right at the next robot'.
4 Way Stop:
South Africa's 4-way stop sign means that the first car that arrives at the junction has the right of way, whether they are going straight on, or turning left or right.
The second person to arrive has the next right of way, and so on. It is essential to pay particular attention when approaching stop signs, as you may find that if your attention lapses for only a second, you're likely to cut someone up!
When driving in South Africa, try to apply the following precautions:
- Drive with your doors locked and windows wound up, especially when stopped at traffic lights.
- Don't ever stop to pick up hitchhikers, however innocent, lost or appealing they look. If you are worried about someone's plight, stop at the next town and report it to someone there.
- Do not leave anything valuable on show in your car when you leave it unattended, and ALWAYS lock your car when you leave it, even if you are only going to be gone for a few minutes.
- Try to always park in a busy, well-lit area.
- Take advice from your hosts where you are staying, and ask if there are any areas that tourists should avoid driving through.
- Don't get out of your car if you are knocked or hit from behind in suspicious circumstances.
- Don't do road rage !