You have your k53 learners license, now you need to get driving. It is advisable to get as much driving practice as possible and preferably, with a reputable driving school to get expert tuition. A driving instructor who is K53 qualified is in a better position than a friend or relative to teach you to drive correctly.
Your learners license is valid for two years, you can book for your drivers test at any time during this period. It is best to book for your driving test as soon as possible as there is often a waiting period of a few months. Here are some recommendations of what to do before getting into a car and when driving on the road.
Learners License - Tips before getting into the car
● Practice your driving skills in a medium-sized, mechanically sound vehicle
● Check on the vehicle insurance before driving
● Leave early when city driving to avoid rush hour
● Check tyres, brakes, wipers, lights and mirrors
● Know the route to your destination
● An ‘L’ sign pasted to the back of the car is recommended
Learners License – Tips when driving
● Always be accompanied by a licensed driver who holds a valid driving license for the same class of vehicle whenever you drive (this rule does not apply if you are riding a motor cycle where a learner driver may not carry another person)
● Check your rear view mirror often
● Avoid distractions from cell phones, the radio and other passengers
● Don’t drink or take drugs and drive
● Maintain a safe following distance
● Stick to the speed limit
● Obey all road traffic signs
● Wear a seatbelt
● Stay alert
Learners License – Practicing Driving
You are allowed to drive on national roads and freeways when you have a learners license so be aware of other road users and conditions on the road at all times. You must always, before driving off anywhere, check your blind spots and go through your vehicle checks. Keep your K53 manual handy and refer to it often, apply your knowledge of the rules of the road, road traffic signs and vehicle controls when driving.
When you are comfortable with all aspects of the practical and theoretical aspects of driving you are ready for your driving test. There are two sections to the driving test; a yard test and a road test. Practice your parallel parking, stop-start and turning manoeuvres and have a thorough understanding of the rules of the road so you appear confident and well prepared when demonstrating your capability as a driver.