Learning to drive is one of the essential steps for you, but there are many things to be aware of and learn. These suggestions will help you make the most of your driving experience and will help you become an experienced and safe driver.
Before you take the steering wheel
Before you begin your driving lessons:
- Check your knowledge about the rules of the road
- Put on your plate L on your vehicle
- Keep your logbook for your learners inside your glove compartment or some other secure place (you must sign it each time you excursion)
- Choose where you will keep your learner’s license (you must have it with you when you are driving).
Locating an employee
You can drive with any driver you like, so long as they’ve held an open license for at least one year for the kind of vehicle you’ll be driving.
It’s a great idea to mix professionally-taught driving classes and regular sessions of practice for your parents or with friends.
You need to have your learner’s license for at least one year. This allows you ample time to work on your driving skills in various circumstances.
It is recommended to take your driving lessons throughout the entire learning period, rather than being patient until just before the practical driving test.
Every week, practice in various locations is essential for developing the ability to drive.
Be sure to drive in various conditions, such as in the dry and the rain at peak hours late at night, at dusk, and in the evening.
If you plan to take a driving lesson with a teacher, ensure that you’re attentive and focused.
Don’t drive if you:
- Are tired
- As a learner who has had alcohol, you must abide by the no-alcohol policy.
- Can be affected by the use of medication–either prescription or illegal.
Tips for safe driving
Get your car set
Before you begin your very first driving experience:
- Ensure that the tires are fitted with a minimum 1.5mm tread and have been inflated correctly.
- ensure that there is enough gasoline, and make sure that the water and oil are filled
- Adjust your seat to ensure you can see clearly and have to manage your seat
- Adjust the headrest to ensure that it is at eye level.
- Adjust the steering wheel’s height to make sure you’re at ease and have a clear image of the dashboard as well as the road ahead
- ensure that your feet be able to access the pedals comfortably
- Ask your supervisor to stroll through the car with you and assist with a mirror inspection to locate blind spots.
- Ask your supervisor to verify whether the brake and indicator lights operate correctly.
- Be aware of the locations where crucial controls like the handbrake and demister, windscreen wipers indicator, and horn are, and check that they are all working correctly.
If you’re learning the art of driving with more than one vehicle, make sure you take the time to adapt to different vehicles. Some may feature power steering, while others have different brakes or mirrors.
On your first few drives
When you first start driving:
- Please switch off the radio to ensure that it doesn’t disturb you or your supervisor.
- Be aware of the other road users and how your driving may affect other road users.
Driving in the dark
If you drive late at night:
- Ensure your headlights are on between sunrise and sunset or when visibility worsens. Not only do you require clear visibility while driving, but other drivers must also be in a position to see you.
- If a vehicle is approaching you and has its high beam lights take a slow slowed-down approach and then keep your eyes on the left side of the roadway until it has passed.
Driving in foggy, rainy, or smokey conditions
If you are driving in fog, rain, or smokey conditions:
- Reduce your speed
- Increase your distance of following ahead of the car in front
- Avoid sudden braking, acceleration, or turning to decrease your chances of sliding
- Turn on your headlights
- Make use of your air conditioner or demister to ensure that the windows and windscreens don’t get smudged
- Follow all road closure indications
- Never drive on a street or street that has been paved with water.
Country roads are not for driving
When driving on rural roads:
- Be on the lookout for tractors towing farm equipment.
- Do not stop at or close to floodways, bridges, or roads with narrow sections.
- Be cautious of large or heavy vehicles driving on narrow roads.
- If it’s safe to do so, move to the left and pull off the road entirely if a long unintentional vehicle or road train is coming towards you. This will prevent the windscreen from being damaged.
- Please don’t take a road train on a crest, bridge, or curve. Only take overtaking on straight, flat ground with an unobstructed view.
Mountain or range roads
If you’re driving on a range or mountain roads:
- Adjust your speed and be aware of warning signs in yellow since these roads can be steep and are full of bends.
- Pay extra attention when choosing the appropriate gear to drive with it will assist in limiting the amount of brake use you are putting on your vehicle.
- Allow extra following distances to ensure that certain vehicles struggle to keep their speed when climbing steep slopes or slopes and only attempt to overtake when it is legal and safe to do so.
- Be extra cautious and care when watching large vehicles on down-hill or up-hill roads.
Driving on unpaved (dirt) roads
If you drive on dirt-covered roads
Remember that different surfaces possess different gripping properties (for instance, gravel grips distinct from sand)
reduce your speed, slow down, increase your following distance and modify your driving style according to the conditions
Be careful. In dry weather, dust clouds can hide potholes and ruts, and in damp conditions, dirt roads can turn slippery, muddy, and slippery.
When you drive through the city:
Always have your route in mind and ensure that you’re on the right path to avoid sudden changes or tension.
Be extra vigilant of signs on the road, signals, and road markings, including one-way and no entry signs. Also, be aware of pedestrian crossings and shared zones.
Be aware of speeds in zones that have significant pedestrian traffic.
Driving on suburban streets in the local area
If you drive on suburban roads:
Keep your eyes on the road when driving close to parked cars. Children, as well as other pedestrians, may be challenging to spot when they’re crossing the street from behind cars
Take extra care in places where children may be, like playgrounds and schools.
Be alert when you see the stop and give way signals as well as at unmarked intersections
It would help if you did not drive any faster than 50 km/h unless you indicated otherwise.
Driving on major roads
If you are driving on major roads:
Increase the distance you follow ahead of the car in front of you. Since you are driving more quickly on main roads, you must be prepared for a longer stop time. If you are driving in good conditions, you should have at least 2 seconds gap between you and any vehicle you follow.
Follow the road conditions and speed maximum.
Be careful when crossing intersections, even if you’re given the green light.
Be aware of the actions other road users do.
Check for dangers in front of the vehicle you’re following. This will allow you to have to be more prepared.
Prepare your movements ahead of time and provide ample notice of the actions you’re planning to take. Make sure you clearly state your intentions, like when you’ll need to change lanes or make a turn.
Learn more about the specific requirements for learners, like rules for logbooks and restrictions on mobile phones.