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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jun 16, 2008


Traffic in Pretoria

I was wondering how heavy the traffic is in Petoria? I'm from a small city in Northern Idaho and moving to Pretoria and have visions of cars coming at me from all directions. Is Pretoria a large city with wall to wall people? Is it expensive? Let me know what you think. And any tips you might have to help me get prepared.

4 Answers

answered on 6/16/08 by
a VT member from Frederiksberg Kommune

Pretoria is a city with more that a million inhabitants and the traffic is like in any other city that size. As it is 'new world' city the streets in the centre are in a grit (like US cities) so it fairly easy to navigate.

A great deal of the cities entertainment life is centred around suburban malls so unless you work in the centre chances are you will spend most of your transit time driving betweens different suburbs.

answered on 6/18/08 by
a VT member from Germiston

Most irksome adjustment challenge for me when driving here is mistaking the turn signal lever with that of the wiper lever on the steering wheel. I still make the mistake once in a while of turning on the windshield wiper instead of the turn signal lever, when I want to turn.

If you are driving in the countryside on a saturday or sunday evening, be at the most defensive style of driving. Young and inexperienced drivers driving under the influence are a big problem. Witnessed 2 accidents and several near miss on almost deserted roads near liqour stores and drinking places.


answered on 6/18/08 by
a VT member from Germiston

I did not know that! Am using a honda and a toyota .

answered on 6/24/08 by
a VT member from Brisbane

My sister currently resides in Pretoria. Her view is that traffic is congested, as in any metropole, but not as hectic as in some of the major cities in USA. She visited DC and San D and found the traffic in DC to be much the same as in P town in certain sections - worse in others. In comparison I would say not too bad at all. Reasonably heavy traffic during peak times on the highways. Also, in certain more affluent areas, like the East of Pretoria, the traffic seems to be more congested at peak times. But, as a rule drivers are polite and accomodating and do not tend to speed at each other just for the sake of getting there first. Do however stay clear of the taxis, as they do unfortunetely think the roads belong to them.

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