Plan your road trip this holiday
The Western Cape boasts some of the most beautiful places on earth with tourists, both local and international, choosing to explore its beauty at this time.
Explore the Western Cape:
A road trip gives holidaymakers the chance to really enjoy the sights of the province's famous scenic routes.
We encourage you to take the following factors into account when planning your journey to help you reach your destination safely and comfortably.
The Department of Transport and Public Works maintains and builds provincial roads in the Western Cape to enhance road user travel experience and safety while contributing to economic growth by facilitating the transit of people and goods.
When you plan your trip, take road construction projects into account to avoid unnecessary delays and frustration. Regularly check Twitter under the hashtag #roadworksWC for updates on road construction projects.
Photos: Building Better Roads
View our interactive provincial rural road map for information about road conditions and current road construction projects.
During the festive season, schools break for the year and parents take leave to be with their children. This means more vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, some road users drive or walk under the influence of alcohol, and disregard the rules of the road. Be extra cautious and vigilant on the roads during this time. Your safety and the safety of your passengers depend on it. Read more about our road safety initiatives on Safely Home's website.
Road safety tips
- Do not speed.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Be extra mindful of pedestrians and slow down wherever you notice people walking. (Half of the Western Cape’s road traffic fatalities are pedestrians.)
- Do not use your cellphone while driving.
- Don't drive when you are tired. Plan to stop every two hours to stretch your legs outside your vehicle.
- Ensure that you and your passengers buckle up, including children. Children under the age of three years must be strapped into an age-appropriate safety harness.
Check your licence
Make sure your motor vehicle licence is valid for the time you expect to be away from home by renewing it in good time. Remember that your driving licence is valid for five years and may also need to be renewed.
Vehicle owners and drivers face hefty penalties if traffic officials find that their licences have expired.
- Read more about penalties and fines in the Traffic Law Enforcement Offence Code Book.
Ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy before you start your journey.
Check the following features of your vehicle:
- Seatbelts: Make sure they are not damaged and that they can be extended, fastened and unclasped easily.
- Tyres: The tread depth must be at least 1 mm deep across the whole tyre and tyre pressure and alignment and should be checked before any long trip.
- Shock absorbers: Your vehicle’s shock absorbers must be in good condition to ensure safe handling and braking.
- Electrical systems: Check that your indicators, wipers, wiring, lights, hooter and battery are in good working condition.
- Brakes: Make sure you have enough brake fluid and that your front and rear brakes are in good working order.
Read more about checking the roadworthiness of your vehicle.