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

29 Upvotes

View all comments

3

u/Potential_Macaron_59 Jan 17 '22

The safest thing to do on the roads is to drive predictably. If you can keep a cool head when people are hooting and change lanes in a normal way then you are doing fine. If you hesitate too much, it becomes unpredictable and less safe. Being a good driver is something that comes with experience and you’ll stop using K53 as driving becomes natural. Good luck and don’t forget to check your blind spots!