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by PierreZA

We drive on the left side of the road (as in UK, India, and Australia).
Manuel transmission gears are much more common than automatic.
Urban speed limit = 60km/h and in some areas 80km/h
On National highways, speed limit is 120km/h
Distances are indicated in kilometres and not miles
When driving in cities, do look out for minibus taxis, as they often disobey the rules of the road.
Petrol (gas) stations (Caltex, ENGEN, BP, Shell) are easy to find and in abundance. You do not fill up yourself, but an attendant will do that for you, and is usually tipped (R2 ? R5), as they usually clean your windscreens as well.
You can now pay for petrol with your credit card in SA.
You always have to have your drivers licence with you when driving, if not, be sure to be fined. Driving and talking on your cell phone in hand is illegal, so do use a hands free set (although you see people talking on cell phones while driving all the time).

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  • Written Sep 5, 2009
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