- Driving side: In South Africa, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road (if you are from America). If you are not used to driving on the left-hand side, take some time to practice in a quiet area before heading out on the roads.
- Driver’s License: You must have a valid driver’s license from your home country or an international driver’s license to legally drive in South Africa.
- Insurance: It is recommended that you purchase insurance when renting a car in South Africa to protect yourself in case of an accident or theft. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the insurance policy carefully before you rent the car.
- Vehicle condition: Before you sign the rental agreement, carefully inspect the car for any existing damage and make sure that any damage is noted on the rental agreement.
- Fuel: Be aware that South Africa uses the metric system for fuel, so petrol is sold by the litre and not by the gallon. Make sure you understand the fuel policy of the rental company and return the car with the same amount of fuel as when you received it.
- Road conditions: Some roads in South Africa may be in poor condition, especially in rural areas. Be prepared for potholes, unpaved roads, and other hazards. Also, be aware of animals, including cows and goats, which may be on the road.
- Navigation: If you are not familiar with the area you will be driving in, consider renting a GPS device or using a mobile navigation app to help you navigate the roads.
- Safety: Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when driving in urban areas. Avoid driving alone at night, and always keep your doors locked and windows rolled up when driving in unfamiliar areas.