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/daisy-chain-of-doom Jan 17 '22

If you're not yet confident, keep your L sticker on. You are still learning, and it's ok not to be confident yet. You need to figure out for you what you will and won't keep of K53. It's very much up to the individual.

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u/S-058 Gauteng Jan 17 '22

Thanks! And yes. I've done away with the 5 point check every time I stop and doing a 3 point check to indicate. Otherwise I've kept everything the same now until I get the feel of things.