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!

 

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.