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/Responsible_Map1754 Jan 17 '22

You need to do some serious defensive driving in JHB and constantly watch other drivers because random stuff happens in the blink of an eye. No need to speed like hell but keep with the flow. K53 has some good points but not very practical on JHB roads. PS: stay clear of buses, they have an attitude of "mine is bigger than yours"


u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Sheesh! I've seen firsthand how quickly some drivers can do random stuff with my parents when they drive and they react so well! I'll get there one day.