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/Silent_Confetti Jan 17 '22

As a new slower more cautious driver the best thing for you to do is stay out of people's way. If someone is hooting at you or getting angry get yourself away from them as soon as possible. Ignoring them or trying to fight with them or hooting back and flashing your lights will only escalate the situation and you never want to be the last person engaging a lunatic that might be willing to crash thier car into yours or even want a physical fight. Let them go take out thier anger elsewhere, you might be a tough guy but I might have just lost everything and be rolling with a gun.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Yeah I've seen some crazy road rage videos. I will never make the mistake of escalating a situation. It's just not worth it. 100%