This is very true. These things actually happen here. Remember also, we drive on the left hand side of the road. Enjoy.
Rules For Driving In South Africa
1. Never indicate - it gives away your next move. A real south African
driver never uses indicators.
2. Under no circumstance should you leave a safe distance between you and
the car in front of you, this space will be filled by at least 2 taxis and
a BMW, putting you in an even more dangerous situation.
3. The faster you drive through a red light, the less chance you have of
4. Never, ever come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it
and it will only result in you being rear-ended.
5. Braking should be as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS
kicks in, giving you a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal
pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your legs.
6. Never pass on the right when you can pass on the left. It's a good way
to check if the people entering the highway are awake.
7. Speed limits are arbitrary, given only as a guideline. They are
especially NOT applicable in South Africa during rush hour. That's why it's
called 'rush hour....'
8. Just because you're in the right lane and have no room to speed up or
move over doesn't mean that the South African driver flashing his high
beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.
9. Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone
changing a tyre. Never stop to help - you will be mugged.
10. Learn to swerve abruptly. South Africa is the home of the high-speed
slalom driver thanks to the government, placing holes in key locations to
test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.
11. It is traditional to honk your horn at cars that don't move the instant
the light turns green. This prevents storks from building nests on top of
the traffic light and birds from making deposits on your car.
12. Remember that the goal of every South African driver is to get there
first, by whatever means necessary.
13. On average, at least three cars can still go through an intersection
after the light has turned red. It's people not adhering to this basic
principle that cause the big traffic jams during rush hour.