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Rules of the road

Renting a car is one of the best ways to travel around South Africa.

Not only does It give you the freedom to travel wherever you want but it is a safe option and you get to see all those out of the way places that you will not have seen when travelling on public transport.


South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road, taxi drivers drive on both sides.

Any valid driving licence is accepted in South Africa, provided it bears the photo and signature of the holder, and is printed and authenticated in English. These can be bought on the Khoa San road in Bangkok for a few baht.


There are a few car-hire companies, that require you to have an international driving licence, "Rent a car" does not so use us rather than them as already they are finding problems.


All South African rental cars are right hand drive. So the general rule is to ‘keep left and pass right’.

The speed limit is measured km/h and although many do not keep to it, it can be costly if you break the speed limit.

When driving, everyone in the car must be wearing a seatbelt at all times. However, many minicab taxis use their seatbelts to tow one another,

It is illegal to drive whilst talk or text on a cell phone, however that is why predictive text was invented.


Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will land you in the clink and will mean that you lose any insurance you may have taken out if you smash up your hire car.


If you have an accident in a rental car on a dirt road, you insurance with all car hire companies will be nul and void.


For more rules and regulations you can check out the AA of South Africa.