South African Vehicle Hire Road Safety Tips

Nelspruit AirportSouth Africa Car hire is one of the best ways to get around South Africa. It gives you the freedom to travel wherever you want and it means that you don’t have to rely on the public transport system which can be very unreliable.

If you are going to hire a car to travel around South Africa make sure you follow these simple car rental tips.  Always make sure you book your car well in advance to avoid disappointment. It is also a good idea to confirm your booking a few days before departure. This gives you the opportunity to inquire about possible free upgrades or discounted rates. 
Consider how long you will be hiring the car for. Sometimes weekly rates are much cheaper than daily rates. If you are hiring a car for more than five days make sure to do a comparison.

Think about who will be driving. South Africa is very spread out and if you are going to be travelling long distances it might be worth adding another driver onto your rental agreement to share the driving with you. 
Think about the type of car you need. In South Africa a lot of cars are manual gear shifts, not automatic, make sure everyone who is planning to drive it can. Also take into consideration that South Africa has a fairly warm and sunny climate, consider whether you will need an air conditioner.

You should also keep in mind what extras you will need such as car seats or roof racks. It can be difficult finding your way around South Africa. If you plan to drive around a lot it might be advisable to see if you can get a GPS included in your car rental agreement.
Keep in mind that you will have to pay for your petrol and this must be factored into the cost of the car hire. Petrol in South Africa can be expensive compared to other countries and if you want to save money why not hire a more fuel efficient car. If you hire a car and it comes with a full tank of petrol make sure you return it with a full tank of petrol to avoid additional charges.

Always make sure you have the correct insurance. In South Africa you should check with the car rental company or your personal insurance agent to make sure you are covered not just for accidents or breakdowns but also for break-ins or theft of your hire car.
Make sure you know the South African rules of the road. In South Africa you drive on the left and all cars including South Africa car rental cars are right hand drive. The general rule is ‘keep left, pass right’. Speed limits are denoted in km/h and should be kept to at all times. When driving, everyone in the car must be wearing a seatbelt at all times. It is illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone unless you are using a hands free kit, so enjoy your South Africa Car hire experience.