Are you due to get your driver’s licence this year or do you have a teenager who is preparing to get their licence soon?
Getting your driver’s licence can be a daunting task and one that most people dread but done right this process can be a painless and easy process.
Getting the process started
First off, at this stage you should already have your learner’s licence. Once you have this in the bag, you can either decide to practice a bit with someone who already have their licence before booking your driver’s licence test, or you can decide to schedule an appointment for the big day. This might be a good idea so that you have a deadline to work towards. To make an appointment for the big day, follow the following steps:
- Go to the driving licence testing centre of your choice
- Remember to take all the required documents with you. This include your learner’s licence, your ID, 4 black-and-white photos of yourself, proof of residence, and cash for your booking fee. You might want to phone the centre to confirm the amount that you need to take with you to book your test
Preparing for the big day
The most important thing is to familiarise yourself with the K53 driving licence test, as you have to be able to apply everything you’ve learned in your test on the big day. You can either buy the K53 guide which you can keep and read through on a regular basis, or you can check out this handy guide that explains each section for you. There is even an app for this! 😉
You can either practice with someone with a valid driver’s licence in the car with you (remember, you’re not allowed to drive by yourself with just a learner’s licence), or you can contact a Driving School near you. This might be the better option as they are professionals and will ensure that you do everything perfect according to the K53 guide.
Make sure that you are properly prepared and comfortable with all the items that will be tested on the day. This include:
- Alley docking
- Parallel parking
- Stopping and moving off an incline
- And of course, the proper road test where they will test several items during the trip
(The above is not all that will be tested – check out your K53 guide to see everything that you need to be able to do for your test!)
Do not put unnecessary pressure on yourself by slacking and not being prepared for the day. Being properly prepared will ease your nerves significantly. Remember to stay calm and be confident – you prepared for this day, you’ve got this! Sit up straight in your seat and don’t rush things. Keep a clear and open mind and don’t get distracted by things happening around you. Your most important (and only) job for the day is to stay calm and to ace your test!
Now it’s time to celebrate!
If you passed your test, they will let you know straight after your road test. A temporary licence will be given to you the same day and you will be able to collect your permanent licence after a few weeks. You are now allowed to celebrate your success and to brag a bit on Facebook.
If you didn’t pass the test on your 1st try, do not get discouraged. Take a deep breathe and follow the steps above from the start – do not assume that you know the basics already. It’s better to go back to the beginning and to make sure you know everything you need to know and to learn from your previous mistakes.