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South Africa's roads are well-maintained and safe for driving, however it is important to be aware of a few points. In addition, although crime is not as rampant as international media would lead one to believe, it can nevertheless be a problem. The key is to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

  • Note that in some rural or remote areas, cattle and other animals such as buck may wander into the road. Reduce your speed and be particularly careful when travelling after dark.
  • Be on the look out for pedestrians walking in the yellow lines on the roadside - particularly after dark.
  • In city areas, drive with your doors locked and when possible with your windows mostly closed. Do not engage in conversation with strangers at traffic stops etc.
  • When possible, drive with your valuables in the boot and not boldly displayed.
  • Petty crime, such as car break-in's, are unfortunately a problem so, always store your possessions in the boot/trunk when you leave the car unattended.
  • Avoid driving in unfamiliar areas at night, and also park in a well-lit and designated area after dark.
  • Do not pick-up hitch-hikers.
  • Do not stop in dark and remote areas.
  • Do not stop to investigate suspicious looking incidents on the roadside.
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