Useful Driving Hacks Every Driver Should Know About

Google Maps PinWhether you’re a first-time driver or a pro, everyone will find driving hacks useful. We’ve scoured the internet to gather some of the greatest and, in some cases, strangest driving hacks you should know about.

Drop a pin on Google Maps the moment you’ve found parking space in a crowded parking lot. This way, you won’t have to waste time searching for your car.

Ask people who drive on the same routes as you for alternative route suggestions that may help you avoid traffic.

Make good use of Apps such as Google Maps to get around. A simple GPS navigation App will save you a lot of money.

Avoid having a lot of keys on the same ring as your car key. It can damage the ignition switch.

Use a cereal dispenser as a car trash bin while driving.

On your GPS, set your home location to a destination near your house. This way, if your car gets stolen, thieves won’t be able to locate your home.

Car a bit hot in summer? Roll one window all the way down and then move over to the other side and open and close the adjacent door a few times.

You may be able to fix minor scratches on your car with clear nail polish.

Holding your car remote under your chin will increase its range.

Tilting your head to the side while driving can help with car sickness.

Not a fan of car air fresheners? Keep an open box of dryer sheets in your car; they last longer.

Take pictures of the car you are renting so that you cannot be scammed and blamed for any damages that weren’t your fault.

If you’d like to keep your windows from fogging, simply cut a clean potato in half and rub it all over the inside of the window. Leave it to dry.

Want to get rid of a sticker on your car window? Soak newspaper in warm water and cover the sticker with it for 10 minutes.

Stick a pool noodle on your garage wall if you’re prone to banging your door against the wall.

Use a bit of toothpaste to clean foggy headlights. Rub the toothpaste over the lens and rinse off with water.

 

One of the ultimate driving hacks remains having a driver’s licence. If you’re a learner, allow  to revolutionise driving lessons for you. With our state-of-the-art driving simulation technology, you’ll learn how to drive in a safe and comfortable environment without actually having to leave the building! Contact us to book your first driving lesson. 

8 Reasons why you should take driving lessons at Drivio

Whether you’re seventeen or twenty-seven, taking your driver’s test is somewhat intimidating, wouldn’t you agree? Learning how to drive on a real road is something like a jungle filled with cars and taxis, pedestrians and directionless doves and – who knows what else – out there. It’s scary, but hey, it doesn’t have to be if you take your driving lessons at Drivio.

For now, let’s share with you 10 reasons why you should choose Drivio.

  1. It’s Safe. Drivio driving schools make use of a state-of-the-art driving simulator which allows you to learn how to drive without actually having to drive on a real road! This form of driving lessons completely eliminates the risk of accidents.
  2. It’s Fun. Seeing as you’re safe in the little red car, there’s no need to be nervous or frightened of injuring other drivers any longer as it’s not real. Drivio really puts the fun back into learning how to drive.
  3. It’s Real. What? But you just said-? We know, and that’s the beauty of it. Our simulated driving system have been developed by top experts in the world allowing students to experience everything a real driver would without the real-time risks of taking to the road an amateur.  
  4. Personal driving instructor. Our diving instructors provide support to learners from the beginning of the learner’s test right through to escorting them to the driver’s test with thumbs up.
  5. Comprehensive e-learning system. The way learner’s tests are conducted have completely moved over to computers, thus we provide access to comprehensive learner’s licence education solely on interactive computers.
  6. Tailor made packages. Whether you are a student looking to learn how to drive, preparing to take your learner’s licence test or a professional looking to brush up on your skills, we have various packages available to suit your every requirement.
  7. You get a free shot at trying our driving simulator. Sceptical about the concept of learning how to drive inside a building? Does it even work? How does it work? Sign up for a test drive, so to speak, and allow us to transform your driving education experience forever.
  8. We have branches at various easy-to-reach places. We have branches in Hatfield (Pretoria) Moreleta, Vaal (Vanderbijlpark) and Parkmore (Sandton). Now you don’t have an excuse. Come and visit us in any of these locations for your free driving lesson. See more details here.

Don’t let fear or uncertainty, the unknown, hold you back. There’s no need to procrastinate when you have Drivio at your side. We are your very fair advantage. Have a look at our packages and contact your closest Drivio Driving School for more information.

Hatfield Branch – 081 447 9427

Moreleta Square Branch – 061 411 1003

Sandton Branch – 064 756 0847

Vaal Branch – 016 931 0633

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Reasons why students fail their learner’s permit exam

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You’re itching to learn how to drive but unfortunately you have to overcome the tiensie weensie pothole of passing your learner’s permit exam. Which means you need to study and familiarise yourself with the rules of the road before you can hit said road. Hey, there are steps to everything in life, we all want to matriculate but we need to pass the eleventh grade first.

Being passionate driving instructors in the industry, we took it upon ourselves to learn what elements might cause students to fail their learner’s permit exam and enlighten you so you can hit the exam giving your best shot.

Yeah, no, cramming isn’t going to work

Just like any exam, you need to manage your study time to ensure that you cover everything in a timely fashion. You can’t use the night before the exam to cram countless rules, signs and signals. Give yourself enough time to study, at least a month or so in advance.

Students don’t test themselves often enough

Hop online and see where you can download and do practice tests to prepare for the exam. Ask a friend or a family member to quiz you at various times and instances. When riding in a car, take note of the signs around you. Ask a licenced driver to explain what they are doing and why they’re doing it.

Students don’t know what to expect

A shock many students have experienced is the fact that the test in South Africa is now conducted on computers. You need to know what to expect when entering the test, this way you’ll be much calmer.

Anxiety takes control of the wheel

No matter the kind of exam, anxiety has been at the root of many failures. The key is to prepare and stay calm. If you find it difficult to cope with the anxiety, here are a few things you can do:

Take a few deep breaths

Remember that you can take the exam again. Failing won’t mean you’ll have to redo a school year – Relax

Study with a friend or an experienced driver to set yourself at ease. There’s no need to struggle alone.

Solution to all of the above? Contact Drivio and let our experienced driving instructors help you ace your test!

Drivio’s interactive e-learning system brings theory to life. With us, you can earn your learner’s permit faster than you’ve thought possible. Have a look at our packages!

Remember, you’re not studying just to pass the exam and gain your ticket to driving lessons; you are going to be using these rules throughout your life on the road.

 

How to ace your driver’s test with Drivio

Congratulations on passing your learner’s exam. It’s exciting times for you! You now 04have a licence to learn, but, where? With a host of driving schools and instructors vying for your attention, where do you go? What are the next steps? Well, step one: visit Drivio to start your driving lessons.

Our driving instructors are all committed to you and will invest their time and every effort to helping you through your learning journey. We greet you with a smile on the first day and wait for you with thumbs up at the ready when you take your test.

Let us take you through a few basic steps to show you how you can ace your driving test with Drivio.

  1. Visit a Drivio branch to book your lessons. We have branches located in Hatfield and Moreleta Square in Pretoria as well as in Sandton and Vaal.
  2. Step into the simulator. We will take the stress out of learning how to drive with our state-of-the-art simulator training.
  3. Now the real fun begins. Within only eight hours in our simulator you will have built your confidence and gained a repertoire of skills you will need in real-world situations.
  4. Your skilled driving instructor will take you through the training and assess your progress as you go along.
  5. Your instructor will make use of printable progress reports to identify areas that require more practice.
  6. Don’t fret, if you’re still a bit uncomfortable, you can repeat sections until you are fully confident.
  7. Now that you’ve mastered all of the lessons and assessments in the simulator, you are ready to take to the road.
  8. Depending on your confidence and skill level, you may require between five and thirteen lessons with a certified K53 driving instructor in order to familiarise yourself with the traffic environment.
  9. At Drivio, we can tailor your lesson plan to suit your unique training requirements in order to minimise hours and costs.
  10. You are most welcome to arrange additional lessons if you so wish.
  11. Book your test because you are ready to drive!
  12. We can assist you with hiring a car and conducting your pre-test lesson on the day of your test.
  13. Enter your driving test, give it your best and we will be waiting on the other side.

 

See, it’s as easy as one, two, go! At Drivio, we put the fun back into learning how to drive. If you’re interested in booking your lessons, visit our lessons page to have a look at our packages.

Pro Driving tips for learners

Drivio combines simulated driving lessons with traditional lessons to ensure that students reap the benefits of both learning methods. Our driving instructors do believe that the best way to prepare for your driving test is to practice both at Drivio and at home.

That being said, we’ve compiled a checklist of simple things to keep in mind when you’re practicing in your neighbourhood.

Before you start driving

  1. Make sure you review the rules of the road.
  2. Ensure that you always carry your learner’s license with you.
  3. Ensure that the car you are practicing in has its L plates and is in good condition.
  4. Find a superior with a license to practice driving with when you’re not practicing with Drivio’s instructors.

Checking your car

  1. Ensure that all tyres are inflated properly.
  2. Make sure that you have enough fuel and that the oil and water levels are in order.
  3. Adjust your seat in such a way as to maximise your visibility.
  4. Ask your superior to assist you to do blind spot checks.
  5. Make sure that you can reach the pedals comfortably.
  6. Check whether your brake and indicator lights are functioning well.
  7. Check whether your handbrake is in working order.

Driving

1. Practice driving in various locations on a weekly basis.
2. When you’re a bit more comfortable and confident, try to practice driving:

  • In peak time traffic
  • At night
  • In rainy weather
  • At a time when the sun is at its highest

3. Never drive when you’re tired or under the influence of alcohol or medication.
4. Don’t drive with music during your first few lessons, it may be too distracting.

When driving at night

  1. Turn on your headlights right around the time when visibility is reduced.
  2. If the driver approaching has his beams on, drive at a slower pace and look slightly to the left until the driver have passed.
  3. Only practice driving in well-lit, safe and familiar areas in your neighbourhood.

When driving in traffic

  1. Maintain a safe following distance.
  2. Be patient and drive at a slower pace.
  3. Communicate with fellow drivers using your indicators and lights.
  4. Brake smoothly.

When driving in rainy weather

  1. Keep your lights on.
  2. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
  3. Take your time and anticipate wind gusts.
  4. Increase your following distance.

First time driver? No problem. Allow Drivio’s expert driving instructors to guide you through your entire learning journey from start to finish. Scared to start driving on the road? There’s no need to be! With Drivio’s state-of-the-art driving simulator you can practice driving in a safe environment without fear.

No need to procrastinate any longer. Contact us to book your first lesson!

 

8 Reasons why you should take driving lessons at Drivio

Whether you’re seventeen or twenty-seven, taking your driver’s test is somewhat intimidating, wouldn’t you agree? Learning how to drive on a real road is something like a jungle filled with cars and taxis, pedestrians and directionless doves and – who knows what else – out there. It’s scary, but hey, it doesn’t have to be if you take your driving lessons at Drivio.

For now, let’s share with you 10 reasons why you should choose Drivio.

  1. It’s Safe. Drivio driving schools make use of a state-of-the-art driving simulator which allows you to learn how to drive without actually having to drive on a real road! This form of driving lessons completely eliminates the risk of accidents.
  2. It’s Fun. Seeing as you’re safe in the little red car, there’s no need to be nervous or frightened of injuring other drivers any longer as it’s not real. Drivio really puts the fun back into learning how to drive.
  3. It’s Real. What? But you just said-? We know, and that’s the beauty of it. Our simulated driving system have been developed by top experts in the world allowing students to experience everything a real driver would without the real-time risks of taking to the road an amateur.  
  4. Personal driving instructor. Our diving instructors provide support to learners from the beginning of the learner’s test right through to escorting them to the driver’s test with thumbs up.
  5. Comprehensive e-learning system. The way learner’s tests are conducted have completely moved over to computers, thus we provide access to comprehensive learner’s licence education solely on interactive computers.
  6. Tailor made packages. Whether you are a student looking to learn how to drive, preparing to take your learner’s licence test or a professional looking to brush up on your skills, we have various packages available to suit your every requirement.
  7. You get a free shot at trying our driving simulator. Sceptical about the concept of learning how to drive inside a building? Does it even work? How does it work? Sign up for a test drive, so to speak, and allow us to transform your driving education experience forever.
  8. We have branches at various easy-to-reach places. We have branches in Hatfield (Pretoria) Moreleta, Vaal (Vanderbijlpark) and Parkmore (Sandton). Now you don’t have an excuse. Come and visit us in any of these locations for your free driving lesson. See more details here.

Don’t let fear or uncertainty, the unknown, hold you back. There’s no need to procrastinate when you have Drivio at your side. We are your very fair advantage. Have a look at our packages and contact your closest Drivio Driving School for more information.

Hatfield Branch – 081 447 9427

Moreleta Square Branch – 061 411 1003

Sandton Branch – 064 756 0847

Vaal Branch – 016 931 0633

What is defensive driving and why do you need to learn it?

Defensive driving refers to a series of techniques drivers learn and apply in order to reduce the dangers connected to driving. Through defensive driving you’re essentially saving lives, time and money regardless of the actions of others on the road.

Isn’t offensive driving better?

Offensive driving refers to the practice of taking control of the road and forcing other drivers to follow your lead or change their driving style to adapt to yours so as to avoid an accident. Accidents are thus far more likely with this driving style.

I’ve been driving for so long, do I really need to learn defensive driving?

Whether you’ve been driving for many years or an amateur, same rules of the road apply to everyone. If you’ve been driving for many years, you tend to become neglectful. First you stop checking your mirrors and the next time you’re just popping out to the store without wearing a seatbelt. One can never know what might happen. We should thus always be alert.

A few basic defensive driving tips

Don’t start driving without making sure that you and everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt

Check your mirrors regularly.

Slow down and take extra care when driving in bad weather conditions.

Keep an eye out for pedestrians and animals/pets.

Never drive when tired or under the influence.

Never assume all drivers on the road will follow the rules. Always be ready for someone to run a red light or stop sign.

Rules aren’t optional. Follow them.

Maintain a safe following distance.

Monitor your blind spots.

Use your blinkers.

Drive at a steady pace and always keep to the advised speed.

Drivio can assist

Drivio covers the whole nine yards when it comes to driving education. Our experienced instructors see students through their learning journey from beginning to an end which usually results in a first time pass.

Our Defensive Driving course is designed for both learner and professional drivers. The course is a combination of theory and practical driver training to assist the student in improving awareness under different driving conditions. The course can be tailored to suit the needs of the client and can range between 4-8 hours of training.

What does the course cover?

  • We combine the K53 driving standard with defensive driving which include vehicle inspections, blind spots, observations and more.
  • We cover the mechanics of safe driving: following distances, reaction times, emergency and cadence braking, driving in adverse weather conditions and more.
  • Vehicle forces: traction, braking, aerodynamic and inertial forces.
  • Practical vehicle inspections: preliminaries before driving, manoeuvring in a yard and on-the-road driving.
  • SIPDE and the system of vehicle control.

We take the safety of not only our students but other drivers on the road very seriously. Safety is, after all, one of the main reasons why Drivio was started. Have a look at our learner’s packages and contact us to book your first session.

Smashing first-time experience at Drivio

As a student myself, I know how you must feel. A mixture of fear and excitement plagues you every day you procrastinate, starting from the fear of failing your learner’s to the even bigger fear of failing on the road.

Then I heard about Drivio from a friend and decided to have a look. Can’t do harm right?

First impression

The moment I entered the store I got a sense of open space, light and confidence. A friendly instructor greeted me as I entered and there was something about his smile that set me at ease immediately.  In the corner, I noticed the quant, fire-engine red car, this so-called driving simulator. Even the floor beneath my feet was made to imitate a gravel road.

Step 1: Learner’s Test

Their state of the art program took me through all of the standard road signs, warnings, what to do, how to do it and when to do it. Everything you need to know about driving. While it certainly felt overwhelming at first, the calm voice on the computer asking its engaging questions reassured me. That was until I failed my first test on the PC. The instructor smiled and told me that there’s no need to fear. Their tests are programmed to be more challenging than the real deal, this way if you pass Drivio’s test, you’re bound to pass the real test. Made sense to me.

Step 2: Simulated car experience

Boy, they weren’t kidding when they said it’s every bit as real as driving on the road. I realised that fact when the instructor had to remind me to put down my hand brake in order to actually get the car moving. Sure, it looks and feels almost like an arcade game but, let me tell you, don’t underestimate its difficulty.

The instructor patiently went through all the instructions until I finally managed to pull away and ride straight into a car having turned onto the wrong road. Best thing? We got to laugh about it and try again, no one got hurt.

That right there is why I love the concept of simulated driving. It takes the stress out of learning how to drive and puts the fun right back into it. You get to practice, practice, practice until you’re ready to get on the road.

Step 3: Hit the road

I was proud to say that I could face the bustling streets of Sandton with confidence after having undergone a series of simulated driving lessons. With the same instructor, sitting by my side, I was able to acquaint myself with the road before hitting my final exam.

Step 4: Pass the Driver’s test

With a Drivio instructor accompanying me, giving me thumbs up all the way, I was able to confidently face my driver’s test and pass it the first time round. My instructor really made the journey a great one and followed my progress from the beginning right through to a congratulatory post on their Facebook page.

 

Thank you, Drivio. I’ll definitely recommend it to every learner.

Drivio – Revolutionising driving education across the country

Witness the revolution of driving lessons. How? Drivio took your average driving lessons and turned them into state-of-the-art simulation driving lessons. What? It’s like playing your favourite Playstation game only it’s real and so much more fun!

How does it work?

Drivio’s systems work similar to flight simulators teaching pilots how to fly and respond to difference scenarios in the air only you’re in a cute little car. Drivio’s driving lessons include simulator driver training, online theory training by means of e-learning, as well as on-road driver instruction with highly experienced driving instructors. This integrated process ensures that our learners become responsible and well-taught drivers.

Why Drivio?

Simulated driving does wonders for students’ confidence on the road. Without the risk of causing an accident, students can learn the rules of the road and become fully comfortable before taking to the road. That doesn’t mean normal driving lessons are discarded, simulated driving just lays a stronger foundation.

Our instructors

Drivio has experienced instructors on hand to guide each student on their journey to getting a licence. They take each student’s success on the road to heart from the learner’s test through to the driver’s test. Our instructors take their learners to book their driving tests and are on hand when they are assessed. The experience is a lot more engaging and personal. Meet our team.

Lessons

Whether you’re an amateur driver or an experienced driver looking to touch up on the basics, Drivio has packages to suit every scenario. Our course combines the K53 driving standard with defensive driving as well as safe driving, practical vehicle inspections and SIPDE and more. Have a look at our packages.

How does Drivio benefit its students?

We have vowed to disrupt the driving industry forever and we are proud to say that, with a pass rate that is three times the national standard, we have succeeded. Drivio puts the fun and excitement back into driving lessons for students, young and old. Through one-on-one training, each and every student is made to feel comfortable and encouraged to walk out of our studio confidently.

But it’s not real

That, right there, is the beauty of the system. Our simulated driving system is as real as it gets on the road without all of the real dangers. Students learn how to park, switch lanes, how to keep safe driving distances and turn, everything one would learn on a real road. If taken seriously, that is.

Get me behind the wheel

No problem. Don’t let fear or uncertainty hold you back. Have a look at our packages and contact us to book your first session. There’s never been a better time or place to get your driver’s licence.    

 

Simulated diving lessons – The answer to learners’ struggles

For many young people getting their driver’s license can be every bit as daunting as it is exciting. Few things can beat the freedom a license can grant you. However, after the initial excitement of having passed the learner’s test, fear of the unknown sets in. What if you drive your father’s car into a wall while he’s trying to teach your or you end up with your car wrapped around a stop sign?

Allow us to set your mind at ease, young one, and introduce you to the benefits of the wonderful art that is simulated driving.

Simulated driving is much safer

Being an inexperienced driver, you needn’t be concerned about crashing into the other cars when learning to drive in simulation. While the driving lessons are designed to be every bit as real as real-life driving lessons, you won’t be injured if you accidentally forget how to change gears or how to put the car into reverse.

It’s real

Few may be skeptical at the validity of learning how to drive through simulation, however, we can assure the nay-sayers that simulated driving is every bit as challenging as the deal experience, if not more so. Students are joined on the virtual road by other motorists, learning how to keep a safe distance, switch lanes and overtake. Learners can step into a car, start it and learn the mechanics of driving in a safe and stress free environment.

It builds confidence

At the first hint of a mistake made on the real road, students tend to retreat into fear and adopt a negative mentality. Mistakes, we all make them. Learners can get comfortable behind the wheel with simulated driving and make errors without fear. Our students can therefore hit the real road with much more confidence than that of a student first learning to drive.

Students don’t put others’ lives at risk

Many parents or older siblings take up the brave job of teaching their younger family member how to drive which, due to his/her inexperience on the road, greatly increases the risk of an accident occurring. Same applies to driving instructors. Simulated driving, on the other hand, allows the learner to learn how to drive without the added pressure of having someone else’s life in his or her hands.

It is fun

For most, learning how to drive is a dreadful and nerve wracking experience. Simulated driving puts the fun back into learning how to drive. Students can take on the journey of learning how to drive with confidence and the same excitement they initially felt after having passed their learner’s exam.

Learners can pass their driver’s tests through simulated driving

Drivio boasts a near perfect pass rate, their instructors taking all students through the entire learning process right to the end with the utmost attention. Each instructor becomes a dedicated mentor and representative to each and every student that arrives at Drivio.

We offer various student packages starting from the learner’s exam through to professional driving lessons. Have a look at our packages and book your first demo session. The possibility of passing a driver’s exam has never been this real.