Driving standards and norms vary from country to country. Here you can read about driving in South Africa and what to do to make this a safe and pleasurable experience.
South Africa is vast with many good roads that, provided some basic precautions are taken, can provide an enjoyable driving holiday.
In South Africa any valid driving licence is accepted as long as it bears the driver's photograph and signature. Vehicles are driven on the left hand side of the road as in the UK.
The major roads are all well signposted and all signs are written in English. Petrol stations on the national roads in South Africa are modern and have restaurants, restrooms and shops. These are the safest places to stop for breaks in your journey.
Due to the sheer magnitude of South Africa, distances between towns and cities are long so drivers should ensure they fill the car long before the fuel gauge is on empty. Petrol stations in South Africa are not self-service and the attendant will fill the car for you, check oil and water, tyre pressure and clean the windscreen for which they will expect a tip of two or three rand.
Many major roads between the large cities are toll roads and charges can differ from R2.40 and R46 for a light passenger vehicle, so make sure you have enough cash or a valid credit card on you.
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