South Africans drive on the left-hand side of the road, and local vehicles are all right-hand drive.
Distances (and speed limits) are all in kilometres. The average speed limit within the city is 60 km/h while highways and main arterial roads vary between 80, 100 and 120 km/h.
The wearing of a seat belt by all passengers, including those in the back seat, is enforced by law in South Africa, and it is illegal to drive while using a mobile phone (voice calls or texting).
Parking in designated City of Cape Town bays will cost you R5.50 for half an hour, payable to a uniformed official who will issue you with a receipt. Unofficial car guards in other areas (usually recognisable by a neon safety vest but without any other uniform or insignia) will expect a small tip (about R5) for watching your car, though this is discretionary.
Planning to drive elsewhere in South Africa? There are three arterial routes leaving Cape Town:
• The N1 to Johannesburg (via the Cape Winelands and Karoo)
• The N2 to the Garden Route (via the Overberg)
• The N7 up the West Coast (and into Namibia).
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