Driving in South Africa is an experience of a lifetime in itself. With excellent roads, wonderful topography of the land, loaded with mountains and streams and cities, one can enjoy driving when in South Africa. With excellent infrastructure, driving becomes the best way to commute especially when simple driving directions are available.
An international driving permit is acceptable document to drive in South Africa provided it is printed in English. Carry the license on your person every time when driving. Wear seat belts and no using mobile phones when driving in South Africa.
It is easy to rent a car in South Africa. Many car rental companies offer various segments of cars at very reasonable rates and offer flexibility of terms and conditions of return as well. Request a map to refer to in case you need directions to your destination. All cars are right hand drive and one has to drive on the left of the road.
SA follows the four way stop sign where the first car that arrives at the junction has the right of way no matter which direction they are going. All distances and speeds are in kilometers. Do not exceed the speed limits which are generally 120 kmph or 75 mph on major routes and 60 kmph in built up areas. Most of the roads have toll so check the route before your journey.
When driving in SA, make safety your priority. Drive with all doors and windows locked and do not stop for hitchhikers even if they look innocent. Don’t leave any valuable in the car and always park in well-lit area. Ask your host if some areas have to be avoided when driving and always keep them informed of your whereabouts. Keep a cool head while driving and don’t indulge in road rage. Follow these simple driving directions and enjoy a safe trip when driving in South Africa.