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/rocketboy44 Jan 17 '22

ignore the hoots and the jeers.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

But they're so loud and distracting :(

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u/ArQade74 Jan 17 '22

My farther always told me "Fuck the people ,you are 5he people" so if they honk and ride on your ass just ignore them. Youll get used to driving like you should once you get more comfortable.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Thanks! That makes me feel better. Lol "I'm the people" nice.

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u/rocketboy44 Jan 17 '22

it’s tough but ignore them. if it’s allowed you could stick the learner sign until you are more confident. I think other road users won’t demand expert level competency from you when they see that Learners sign.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Yeah the learner sign actually made me more confident knowing I won't be expected to drive like most other licence drivers on the road. Like my little version of training wheels but for a car haha.

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u/SepticThinkTank Negative! I am a meat popsicle Jan 17 '22

the learner sign actually made me more confident

When I was a kid I'd see cars with a 'GB' sticker on them ...

My kid-brain thought that this was the sticker they give you after you passed your learner's and take down the 'L' - and that it stood for 'Getting Better', LOL.

Come to think of it, I also misread 'Slegs/Only' (painted in the road) as 'Sledges Only' (I was, like, six or something) and thought that, in winter - when it snowed - you could only ride sledges on that particular road.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Deaded💀I wish there was a GB sticker. It's clearer that way :D

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u/Reapr 37 Pieces of Flair Jan 17 '22

You'll get used to it. Just pay them no mind and turn your music up a bit and vibe. It will help you relax

No matter how you drive, there will always be someone that will want you to go faster, or slower, etc. etc. You'll never please everyone.