Do you want to get your driver’s licence? Or does the thought of being behind the wheel scare you? Fight your fears and enhance every area of your life through this essential skill.
In your social circle having the ability to drive gives you access to more places and experiences. In the business world having a driver’s licence could help you clinch your next job.
Learning how to drive can also be a major confidence booster and a step towards independence.
In order to become a legal driver you will first need to obtain your learner’s licence. Only individuals who are 17 years and older can apply for the learners test at the nearest traffic department.
Applicants are required to have an official South African identity document, two ID-sized black and white photographs and will be expected to pay an application fee. Once you have submitted your form, you will be given a date for your test.
In order to pass your learner’s test you need to study and understand the rules of the road, road markings, road signs and the controls of a vehicle.
According to the Western Cape Government website you can study in one or more of the following ways:
· Study the K53 book , which you can buy or borrow from one our public libraries.
· When you are out and about, try to properly identify road markings and signs. Don’t be afraid to ask a driver to explain a rule or road sign.
· Go over practice test papers and mock tests that are available online.
Once you have your learner’s licence, you may drive the type of vehicle that your licence is valid for, but you need to have a licensed driver with you at all times.
Your learner’s licence will be valid for two years during which time you will need to learn to drive and book your drivers licence appointment.
Bookings must sometimes be made well in advance as some traffic departments have long waiting lists due to high volumes of applications.
You will be permitted to apply for your licence exam as many times as you want during the two years, however you will be required to a pay an application fee for every appointment.
You will also need to ensure that the vehicle used for the test is roadworthy.
This assessment can be extremely stressful, but if you do not pass your learner’s or driver’s licence the first time don’t give up.
Call or visit your local traffic department to get information about the application process or read more about applying for your learner’s licence.