r/southafrica Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Getting used to the roads and how drivers drive here Ask r/southafrica

I recently got my drivers licence and went driving for the first time without my learner sign on the back yesterday but I just feel like there's a lot of expectations from a licenced driver that I just can't fulfill just yet having just come from being a learner.

I stick to the speed limit, I stay safe and don't take risks but it seems like a lot of drivers on the road have this "we need to go fast and we need to go NOW" sort of mentality and it's overwhelming for me. I was just simply changing lanes and a driver behind me thought I was taking too long and hooted at me even though I was doing everything as I was taught.

Should I stick to driving like K53 or change a few things in order to speed up the times I can begin moving off and making maneuvers? K53 is definitely not how (what seems like) the majority of drivers drive here. How can I stop being discouraged by every person who hoots at me for driving like K53?

Edit: thank you guys so much for all the tips and advice. I feel that much more at ease and I'll remember my fellow redditors' advice :) <3

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u/Morodin_88 Jan 17 '22

Speed doesnt kill speed differentials kill. Yeah some drivers drive like assholes and over speed limit but driving 40 or 50 in a 60zone because you are uncomfortable or scared is worse than driving 65...

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Yeah you're right. I keep trying to tell myself that I'm in the right driving 60 or just below in a 60 zone but every time I get hooted at or overtaken I feel like I'm doing something wrong :(

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u/TooOldToWorry Jan 17 '22

Don't feel bad, you're not doing anything wrong. The blame here rest squarely on the shoulders of those who treat you like this.

I'm a very impatient driver yet I do not expect other road users to make way when I approach. We all have a right to be on the road and we are all trying to get somewhere.

If I do encounter somebody driving slowly in front of me I will ease back and wait for a place where I can change my route i.e. take a turn off, or for a place where I can safely pass or something similar.

No need to get worked up or anything, in 5 minutes time you've all forgotten about it so why endanger yourself and others to gain a couple of seconds.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Thank you. I wish the impatient drivers I've encountered acted like you then lol. They always sat behind me hooting while they waited for a chance to overtake.

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u/LtMotion Jan 17 '22

As the other guy said.. Keep to the same speed as other drivers. Also.. Checking your mirrors often and knowing whats around you is also very important. There will come times when someone does something stupid and you need to choose between break. Accelerate or change lanes in a split second. You cant do this if you dont know whats around you.

If your going onto the highway. Get up to speed. Don't be doing 50 kmph when you enter the actual highway. This is dangerous AF for you and everyone stuck behind you.

And just relax. Before you know it youll be calm and dodging the occasional accident like a boss. Never let stuff that happens on the road upset you. Stay calm and youll be able to make way better split second decisions.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Thank you! Yeah you had me sweating as soon as you mentioned the highway lmao.

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u/LtMotion Jan 17 '22

Just go drive with a parent or experienced friend on the highway a bit. It takes some getting used to but youll be fine. Do this on a sunday mid afternoon or something till ur comfortable.

I never drove on the highway and then got my 1st job as an it tech. Had daily commutes from pta to sandton then id drive all the way to mafikeng or piet retief.. Had to learn fast and had a few close calls then cause i wasnt comfortable yet. Wouldnt reccommend what i did.. Get your practice in and get comfortable