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Driving Tips in South Africa

Car Hire Depot information in South Africa

DriveAway Holidays offers the best rates and choices with reputable suppliers in South Africa. Our Suppliers are located in major cities of South Africa.

Car Hire Driving Distances in South Africa

Driving Licence

A full valid driver’s license is required for a minimum of 2 years. An International licence is recommended for Australian drivers licence holders.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check Terms and Conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules, Laws and Regulations

General driving rules, laws and regulations in South Africa;

Child Safety Seats

Children under the age of 12 years of age should ride in the back seats of the vehicle wearing a seatbelt or using an appropriate child seat.

Speed Limits

Speed checks are often carried out by police using radars, speed traps are also used regularly. Below are the speed limits in South Africa, unless signed otherwise;

Drink Driving

Driving under the influence is illegal, any one found to be over the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of 0.02mg/100ml will be fined and may be arrested.


There are a number of South African National Roads where tolls exist. Tolls are payable by cash, credit cards (South African issued), Garage Cars or Petrol Cars (South African issued), Fleet Cars (South African issued).

Road Signs

If you understood the road signs in the European Countries, understanding the signs in South Africa shouldn't be a problem. Although some signs are quite unique within the country with differences such as colour, shape, typeface or arrows. Regulatory Signs are used to indicate a regulation applicable in the interests of road safety, such as traffic signals, stop signs, speed limits signs or yield signs. Warning Signs are used to warn drivers of potential hazards or dangerous situations along the road way. Information Signs provide assistance to motorists on navigation's around South Africa's road network and attractions. Road Markings painted on the road surface, generally in white, yellow or red like road signs must be followed.

Visa Information

Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting South Africa;

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last Updated 26 November 2012