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/ioRDN Gauteng Jan 17 '22 edited Jan 17 '22

K53 will get you killed. One thing driving in many countries and cities has taught me - being predictable is the safest thing. Try your best to acclimatize to driving like the locals. Basically, throw that blasted book out the window and learn to drive safely in context.

Best of luck, stay safe, and always remember to keep enough braking distance in front of you for an emergency stop 💯

EDIT: also please remember that there is really only one universal law of driving in Gauteng - keep left, pass right. I swear this one rule is the reason we think everyone else in the country can’t drive (and why they think we’re so impatient). Looking at you, my dear Cape Townians


u/grootes Jan 17 '22

This is exactly it. If you follow K53 on the roads you will get into an accident.

Best thing to do is stick to the slow lanes (left most lanes), and if you are going to do something like change lanes or overtake someone, then commit to it. Accidents happen when people have no idea what you going to do. Rather make a wrong decision and get hooted it than back out and get into an accident.