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.