3 things you’ll catch when you Pokémon Go and drive

If you haven’t heard of Pokémon Go* yet…where have you been? It’s everywhere – on social media, in the news and on everyone’s lips. Even though the mobile game hasn’t officially launched in South Africa, we’re already seeing players taking to the streets to hunt for Pokémon.


However, as it turns out, playing Pokémon Go while driving is a really bad idea. Here are 3 reasons why.

#1 You might catch a tree instead of a Pokémon

Reports of accidents caused by Pokémon Go are pouring in from around the world. Turns out that trying to catch a Pokémon could also result in catching trees, police cars and more.

#2 You’ll catch a fine

We all know it’s illegal to stare at your phone while driving. You could get fined at least R500…no Pokémon is worth it.

#3 You won’t actually catch that Pokémon

Catching a Pokémon requires focus and concentration. It’s not something you want to be doing while driving. Instead of wasting precious Poké Balls, rather wait for one to come along at a more appropriate time. Come on, at least give yourself a proper shot at it.

In conclusion, Pokémon and cars don’t mix. Our advice: Enjoy both, but keep them separate to ensure you stay safe on the road.

*Pokémon Go is a mobile app/game that makes use of augmented reality to catch virtual monsters/Pokémons in real-world space. It is based on the popular TV show and video games from the late 90s.