No one forgets the day they got their licence. Or the day they FINALLY got that precious document. First-time lucky? Third-time lucky? Story of your life.
I'm a driving instructor, and I know the struggle. Mention K53 to most youngsters and they will more often than not shrug their shoulders. My message is simple: Accept the K53, accept the system and you can get it right the first time.
I've found that wrong attitudes can often get in the way of an otherwise smooth experience. If you hate the K53, you aren't going to excel, and get it right the first time.
I won't lie. There are many driving schools out there. Does your driving instructor have certification? I do. Request to see it. I've lost count of how many people have come to me having learnt the wrong information from an instructor who probably couldn't distinguish the difference between a blind spot and a full observation.
Let's face it, South Africa has a high accident rate, but defensive driving is important, and I try to emphasize that. Most would be surprised to know how many people in SA drive without licences, let alone learner's licences. Shocking really.
Cape Town isn't the worst of places to pursue getting your driver's licence. At least not in the Helderberg. Both Somerset West and Gordon's Bay traffic departments are seemingly switched on. Wait max three weeks to do your driver's test. Gone are the days of queuing, and sighing, and cussing, for the most part.
At the end of the day though, it depends on the individual. I've had loads of first-timers, second-timers, third-timers, hell, I had a NINETH-TIMER. That's rare.
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