When you visit a different country and you plan to drive yourself, it’s best to know the in’s and out’s of the traffic system. In this article we point out some facts that might be helpful to introduce you to the rules and regulations of South African roads.
- In South Africa, the legal age for driving is 18 years. We drive on the left had side of the road and overtake on the right hand side only. Even if you are driving on a double-lane highway you stay on the left hand side and overtake the slower vehicles on the right hand side, while using your indicators.
- The distances and speed limits on the road signs are displayed in kilometers per hour. On the main roads and freeways the speed limit is mostly 120km/h, on rural roads the speed limit is 100 km/h and driving in the city or towns the limit is usually 60 km/h.
- South Arica has very strict laws on drinking while driving. He blood alcohol limit is 0.05g/100ml, which is equal to two-thirds of a beer, 75 ml wine or 25 ml spirits consumed per hour. If you had a couple of drinks, it’s best to make use of uber or a taxi service.
- Four way stops are a common feature at intersections on South African roads. At this stop, the first vehicle to arrive has priority to proceed.
- At a roundabout the oncoming traffic from the right has the right of way. Proceed with caution to your left hand side around the roundabout until you have reached your turn out.
- Any use of a cellphone whilst driving is prohibited in South Africa, and if you therefore wish to make use of your cellphone while driving be sure to make use of a hands-free kit.
- It is required by law to always have your driver’s license with you while driving.
- In South Africa it is illegal to park or stop on the opposite side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
- All passengers in the vehicle must wear a seat belt. And babies and toddlers are required to be seated and fastened in a car seat.