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Driving in South Africa
The South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road, and all cars are right-hand drive vehicles. The switch to driving on the “other” side goes fast. The streets are usually wider than in Europe and unique floor markings make it easier to turn on major intersections. All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are marked in kilometers.
The South Africans drive a little more chaotic than the Europeans but are much more relaxed and very friendly. The South African traffic regulations are similar, with a few changes to European rules. A special feature is “Four Stop” intersections with 4 stop signs. You drive off in the same order in which you arrived at the intersection. The South African road network is well developed. The major roads (National roads) are marked with an “N” and have only in the cities a “highway” character. Roads marked with “M” (Metropolitan ) are equal to an urban motorway. Highways marked with an “R” have mostly an additional “service lane” that is used by the slower cars to give space for faster cars.
Speed limit in towns 60 km/h, on the highway 100 km/h and 120 km/h on Major routes. Be careful when speeding! Any fines will be paid by the rental companies, and will then be charged to your credit card.
Drinking while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in South Africa. The legal limit for alcohol in the blood is 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres. It is illegal to refuse a blood test or Breathalyzer. If a driver is prosecuted and it is not proven that the alcohol content is less than 0.05 grams per 100 milliliters, it is assumed that the blood-alcohol level is over this limit. If convicted of a drink driving offence, the driver loses their licence for a minimum period.
Beware of pedestrians: South Africa’s cities are not really pedestrian friendly . As a result, people walking on the roads. Also on motorways you can see quite often people, cyclists or even cows.
Fuel stations – or garages, as South Africans call them – are found on both the main and country roads, most of them open 24 hours a day, although some keep shorter hours. However, distances between towns (and therefore between petrol stations) are considerable in some parts of the country, so remember to check the fuel gauge before passing up the opportunity to fill up. When it comes to paying for fuel, you can pay cash or use your credit card. Historically, filling stations used to be cash-only operations so some smaller stations may still not accept cards. Check with the attendant what payment method they accept before filling up. Many filling stations have on-site ATM machines
In city centers it is very difficult to get a parking space. It is best to use a parking garage, which are relatively inexpensive. Your car will be parked in the shade and will remain pleasantly cool. You can of course also park next to the road . Usually you will be approached by an official parking attendants where you have to buy a ticket for a few Rand. A solid red line means no parking on the roadside. A white, round street sign with a red border and a crossed “S” means “no stop”. A no parking sign has a crossed out “P”. A yellow “L” on the road means loading zone and is valid only during the official business hours. On most parking spaces at shopping centers or restaurants you will find “unofficial parking attendants” wearing a yellow vest. They promise to take care of your vehicle. Remember his name and tip him when you come back. Sometimes they offer to wash your car during your absence. Discuss the price upfront!
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