Our President Cyril Ramaphosa Believed in Drivio & We Believe in Him

The smiles and happy faces of two fantastic entrepreneurs right there, our President Cyril Ramaphosa and Director of Drivio, Thivash Moodley. Not so long ago, Cyril Ramaphosa as the Chairman of South African Breweries became acquainted with Drivio, Gauteng’s Number 1 Driving School when Drivio won third place in the SAB Innovation Competition. The prize money was used to fund the conceptualization of a franchise business model to Drivio. As we all know Cyril Ramaphosa has triumphed the business world with a brilliant eye on the right businesses to invest in, and Drivio being identified as a start up worth backing was an incredible achievement for Drivio!

As Drivio has grown and become a successful franchise, so our beloved Cyril Ramaphosa grew and became President of our Nation. Our Director Thivash Moodley and Cyril Rampahosa not only had in common that they are both phenomenal entrepreneurs but further to that they shared a common vision of improving the lives of the people in South Africa. Both men set out to do that many many years ago, and have accomplished so much in their time! Specifically everyday that Drivio operates, is a day that our company is:

– Providing an anti-corrupt platform for honest South Africans who want to get their license legally and have the best driving instructors to equip them effectively;
– Improving the safety of our South African people on the road by equipping learner drivers with the right skill sets to drive safely and avoid accidents;
– Contributing to our economy by giving South Africans a platform to get their driving license and thus empowering them to find decent jobs in the road freight, commuter and passenger services. Drivio helps people acquire jobs every single week by supporting them obtain their license
– Creating jobs within the Drivio Franchise and as our Franchise grows, the more jobs we have available. Drivio started out with just two employees and we now have 18 employees within Drivio
– Promoting a green economy by reducing the carbon monoxides released from our learner driver vehicles. Through the use of our driving simulators we only do 50% of the driving lessons on the road;
– Embodying a business that is utilizing technology at the forefront of it’s operations to advance in the driver trainer market and be a leader and game changer

Drivio continues to flourish every single day and we will continue to contribute to our economy and change the lives of South Africans!

Just as Cyril Ramaphosa believed in Drivio and backed us, we back him and believe he will do phenomenal work as our President.

We are ready and continue to focus our efforts… on making South Africa great again!

8 Reasons Why Drivio Believes Your Driver’s License is the Most Important Thing in Your Wallet

Do you carry your driver’s license with you in your wallet every single day? People don’t realize that there are multiple benefits to carrying your driver’s license with you other than having it on you to avoid a fine if stopped and asked to produce your license. Let’s have a look at the 8 reasons why Drivio believes your driver’s license in the most important thing in your wallet.

1. Your license identifies you as a legal licensed driver

Of course one of the most important reasons is for the law enforcement to identify that you have legally obtained your driver’s license and you are legally allowed to operate a motor vehicle. Everyone knows that if you are pulled over by a police officer and you cannot produce your license you will receive a heavy fine. Think of it this way – without your license in your wallet you have no right to operate a vehicle on a public road.

2. Your license serves as official personal I.D.

With all the fraud and identity theft that our country is unfortunately riddled with we are often asked to prove that you are who you say you are. Further to that if you are wanting to open an account, apply for a loan, apply for government benefit or even enter a complex that has security you need to produce identification. A current driver’s license is a universally accepted form of personal identification because it displays your personal information and a picture of you that officials can compare to the person who is presenting it as their idenitification.

3. Lost and Found

Ah man – losing your wallet or phone is just the worst feeling ever right? The hassle of now applying for a whole bunch of new cards, losing all your business cards AND on top of that you now have to take half a day off work to go an apply for a new driver’s license. Worst!! But…. if you lose your wallet and a good samaritan picks it up they can determine the owners name and try identify them through a number of channels one example being Facebook.

4. Other drivers and possible incidents occuring

If you are met with an accident and you do not have your driver’s license on you – this is not a favorable position to find yourself in. It could affect the outcome of your case should you need to claim from your insurance or the other party. It is stressful enough being in an accident, don’t put yourself in a worse position by not carrying your all important driver’s license on you.

5. Identifying that you are an Organ Donor

In South Africa once you have been accepted as an Organ Donor you receive a little sticker that you are asked to put on your drivers license. If you pass away unexpectedly (touch wood) then the paramedics will know if your organs can be harvested for transplants by looking for the universal organ donor sticker displayed on your driver’s license. Good on you!

6. Purchasing Alcohol and Tobacco

You sure better have your license ready if you are planning on purchasing any of the above. Cashiers are trained to accept only official and current driver’s licenses as proof of age and identification when consumers attempt to purchase these age restricted substances.

7. Travel I.D.

If you are travelling within South Africa, all airlines require you to display your driver’s license with your boarding pass before you board. You can use your official I.D. document but why carry an extra document when you can just produce your valid driver’s license?

8. It allows paramedics to identify you if you are involved in an accident

If you are badly injured in an accident of any sort, not just a car accident, and cannot communicate with the paramedics they will search your wallet specifically for your drivers license to identify who you are. Further to that this will help the hospital obtain crucial information of your medical aid and contact your family members to inform them of your accident. You really do not ever want to find yourself in the position of being unidentified due to no I.D. on you, please!

So never underestimate the importance of always carrying your driver’s license on you – at all times!! And remember that if it gets lost or stolen make it a priority to apply as soon as possible for a new one – everyday that you don’t have your driver’s license on you is a risk.

Consequences of Cheap Driving Lessons

When it comes to learning to drive, an activity that you are learning to do for the rest of your life… are you prepared to skim on this cost and try save a couple hundred rands? South Africa is notorious for driving schools operating out of their garage with one man and his car in the hope of minimal overheads, cheap labour and therefore instructors with very little capability.

This blows our mind – because learning to drive is such an important part of ones life cycle not only to try and be the best driver they can be but also to be able to make judgments on the road that have been taught by a professional and highly skilled instructor. We’re not here to make judgemenents on driving schools who can only get business by charging ridiculous cheap rates but we want to make the public aware of the consequences of this. You have to ask yourself the question and be real with yourself – why are the driving lessons offered by other schools so cheap?

One of our main goals at Drivio is to improve the safety of our roads in South Africa and we are willing to highlight some of the facts that are not working towards that goal. What really are the consequences of you finding and going to a driving school with cheap driving lessons and is it worth it??

Instructor Skill, Capability & Motivation

Finding a cheap driving school more then likely means the driving instructor bares the brunt of the “cheap” lesson. Would you be motivated at work if you knew you were being paid less than the going rate or so poorly that every month is a struggle? Teaching students to drive is not an easy task and we acknowledge this. At Drivio we believe in rewarding our staff with the above average salary of a driving instructor not only because their professional skill is the best their is in SA but also because we believe their efforts daily out on the road deserve that reward. Always remember that you pay for what you get. If you are paying for a cheap driving instructor you will be subject to low skill, demotivated individual that really is not fulfilled. If you are paying for a highly skilled, motivated, switched on and effective driving instructor then expect to pay a rate that you believe is fair for that type of skill and commitment from your instructor.

Condition of Training Vehicle

Let’s be honest, if you are paying for cheap driving lessons do you honestly believe that the vehicle you are training in has the financial capability of being regularly serviced, tyres changed when needed, trip to the car wash when needed, breaks changed when needed and so forth? Chances are the car is probably so banged up and all services needed are completely unaffordable with charging such low rates. If your safety is a priority please do not even consider using a cheap driving school, as every time you step in that vehicle your safety could be put in jeopardy. Drivio is exceptionally proud of the upkeep and maintenance of their entire fleet always ensuring that every vehicle is 100% safe, serviced and maintained at the highest standards in order to ensure safety first of all our valued customers.

Low Level of Service = Low Demand = Cheap Driving Lessons

Chances are that the cheap driving schools give you what you pay for. Don’t expect exceptional service, welcoming staff, professional driving instructors or a well maintained vehicle if you are paying for below average? These types of driving schools due to their bad service do not get recommended or referred to friends by past customers because the experience was not great! Therefore what happens when the driving school has a low demand due to bad service… they start going other avenues to attract customers and one of these avenues is by offering cheap lessons. Red flag!!!!!!!!! Again, be realistic with yourself and understand the reasons as to why the particular driving school you have found is offering cheap lessons – it’s definitely not because they are the best! At Drivio our prices are reasonable and justifiable – we have outstanding skill, exceptionally well maintained vehicles, beautiful retail spaces whereby you can have office hour support on your learners studying and timely door to door service. You need to decide, what type of experience do you want?

Hidden Costs

You’ve now failed your drivers license due to not being fully equipped and having enough lessons with your cheap driving instructor – now what? Bet you believe not only is this a con to get you to pay for more lessons but nothing will be covered by your cheap driving instructor. Now he/she has advised you that you will need 4 or 5 more lessons – you better cough up! After all – what did you expect? You are paying for cheap driving lessons, did you expect to pass first time? Well, at Drivio in the unlikely case you do not pass first time we deem it our responsibility to ensure we set you up for your next test. We do not ask you to pay hundreds and hundreds of more rands for more lessons, otherwise CLEARLY we did not do our job!! It is our job to ensure you are fully prepared for your test – why must you now suffer if you fail? We hate a fail, but cheap driving schools love a fail because that means more lessons for them, more money they can charge you and when you are so far down the road and need a pass you can’t turn them down! If this cheap driving school does not guarantee you a pass – do not even bother using them and falling for this trap!!

Low Reputation = Low Costs

If this cheap driving school that you have found has a low reputation, of course they are going to need to do something to gain clients…. like having cheap prices. Do your homework on this driving school:

– Do they have a Facebook page that regularly updates the public with happy students who have passed
– Do they have a decent following on Facebook whereby the public is interested in their service
– Do they have testimonials on their website page of past clients
– Do they have positive Google reviews

Remember, if any of the above is not fulfilled it’s because their service is so bad that no one is interested in being positive about it – RED FLAG!!!

Be careful who you hand over the responsibility to teach you and equip you with the capability of driving. This is a lifelong activity that you are going to be carrying out and you want to be taught by a reputable and trustworthy driving school. Some things in life you can get away with skimming on, like a pair of shoes… not driving lessons that ensure your safety and lifelong security!!

Corporate Driver Training at it’s Best with Drivio!

Drivio has prided itself in delivering exceptional driver training for many years now. Drivio has been the choice of a number of top logistic companies as well as companies who have internal drivers whom need training. We often get asked… why is Drivio the best driver training company in the market? What is our secret?

To be honest with you it’s not rocket science…. but we have all the winning ingredients that make Drivio the best driver training company in South Africa!! Drivio doesn’t just think that of themselves… it’s directly from our clients and our winning formula that has improved their drivers capability so much to the point that all of their unnecessary overhead costs have been minimized. Drivio has delighted so many of the companies they have trained; that training is now an ongoing part of their business!

We are happy to share some of our winning components that allows us to excel in driver training:

1. We simply have the best driving instructors

Drivio has succeeded in attracting the best driver training instructors in the country! This was not an easy task as the best driver trainers don’t always live in Gauteng… but we sure make sure that we are remunerating our instructors above the industry standards not only so we can have the best, but also that they are happy to re-locate if need be. We always want to make it worth their while so that we can have the best talent! Having the best team is a non-negotiable and Drivio not only chooses exceptionally carefully whom they hire but are willing to go above and beyond to have the best! Once Drivio acquires the best, training is ongoing allowing our team members to constantly improve their extraordinary training capability as well as keep ahead of the industry standards in our field.

2. We have an incredibly well maintained fleet always readily available for training

Drivio has a highly maintained fleet that is on standby for any training needs as they arise. Ranging from heavy trucks, to light trucks, to light motor vehicles, to motorbikes… you name it! We understand that companies are not always happy to pull their vehicles off the road for training and that’s why Drivio offers the convenience of having a full fleet on standby to train our companies! We make it our job to solve your challenges, not the other way around!

3. We have a training methodology that has proven success results

If you have ever paid a company to improve a capability in your business and you have not seen lasting results – ask for your money back today!! Drivio constantly delights the customer in presenting the impact and success of the driver training with full analysis and reporting. Drivio can provide the customer with the knowledge of understand their drivers capability before the training. Thereafter Drivio produces the results of the increase in capability of the driver. Also be aware that if there is a driver in a company that we are training who definitely should not be on the road – we are not afraid to let you know! Safety is Drivio’s main priority at all times and we never risk the lives of drivers nor our fellow South African citizens using the roads. Our top class instructors give each training candidate one on one personal attention honing in on their weaknesses and improving every aspect of their driving capability. The endless amount of feedback that Drivio has received whereby companies are saving hundreds and thousands of rands on decreased full expenditure, decreased vehicle maintenance costs, fewer breakdowns, zero complaints of their drivers on the roads and the list goes on….

4. We help companies from harming the reputation of their brand

Consumers of South Africa are speaking up now more than ever and are not afraid to go out of their way when your company has disappointed them. So it’s no big surprise that companies are working around the clock to ensure they deliver the best product, are in line with the consumer protection act and are aware of impacting their consumers surroundings. No company wants to receive constant negative feedback that one of their drivers pushed someone off the road or they didn’t indicate at a traffic light or went through a red robot. Well… it’s Drivio’s job to educate drivers on the etiquette and the rules of the road because you will be astounded to know how many of them just aren’t aware or even understand the negative impact of driving badly on our roads and upsetting the public. By increasing the awareness and understanding of the drivers during training this helps them to understand just how badly a companies reputation can be affected by reckless driving. Incorporated in that we educate them on general etiquette that allows the South Africans on the roads to understand these companies have good drivers and care about the safety of others on the roads.

5. We reduce the amount of accidents companies find themselves in

With an award winning training methodology at Drivio the number of accidents within the companies we train not only reduce exceptionally but also are no longer caused by fault of their drivers. These drivers have been so well trained that they are not only enabled to reduce chances of an accident but can kick into defensive driving mode and reduce the tragedy of an accident caused on the roads. We have all heard of those tragic accidents on the road and we are so delighted that Drivio has been able to add substantial value to the drivers on the road to handle these situations better.

6. We have the best customer service department

Drivio has a phenomenal customer service team that looks after every single customer in a unique and special way, identifying that every clients wants and needs are different. We provide the support and feedback to every customer in the way they need and are always available to communicate with the relevant parties. Providing full support is not a negotiable at Drivio – it is a way of life!

With all the above being said if you find yourself in need of driver training, make sure it is through a reputable and trustworthy driver training company. Your drivers are a massive and important asset in your company and the training of these team members is imperative.

We are always available to discuss and give our expert advise on training needs and you are more than welcome to get in touch with:

Tannith Thompson
whom email is: tannith@drivio.co.za or

Thivash Moodley whom email is: thivsah@drivio.co.za

Should you have any questions… we are here to answer all of them!

Drivio…South Africa’s Exceptional Driving School Franchise

Drivio has come leaps and bounds since it’s first pilot store launched, Hatfield and the founder of Drivio always knew that he wanted to share the gift of Drivio!! That’s why the natural progression of franchising Drivio came so effortlessly and felt so right!! After our Hatfield store was successfully up and running the next store on the map was Moreleta. Franchising Drivio in the Moreleta area seemed like a no brainer as we were able to reach many more schools and business establishments and leverage our business tools between our two stores. Very soon thereafter we franchised out in the Sandton area, building an exceptional new store in Parkmore right by Sandton City!! And it wasn’t just a few months later that we franchised in The Vaal!

Drivio is incredibly passionate about opening more stores and we have ear marked Cape Town, Durban and PE as our next locations!!! We receive numerous requests daily of people wanting to find out more about our franchise and we love the enthusiasm however our Drivio team is very particular in who is the right candidate to be given the gift of owning their very own Drivio franchise.

If you are at the point of considering owning a franchise – fantastic news!!!! There is obviously very many reasons you have reached this point of thinking to yourself “I want to own my own franchise” and at Drivio we are very enthusiastic in the understanding of why. The ones that we feel speak the most to our franchise are:

1. Drivio has a track record of success

Drivio has developed a method of doing business that succeeds every day with proven results! Our strategy and training methodology is yielding results 3 times higher than the national average pass results – this surely tells you everything you need to know about how well our method is working!

2. Drivio has an extremely strong brand

Drivio has built an exceptional brand that embodies class, excellence and outstanding customer service. The brand only gets stronger with a first-class marketing department that is constantly revolutionizing the message, branding and reaching the consumer. Drivio’s brand is attractive, eye catching and informative which allows for the consumer to understand the message.

3. Drivio has outstanding training programs

Drivio has designed training programs that allow for growth and development of the franchised stores. Drivio’s training programs are all designed to bring their franchised stores up to speed on the most successful methods of running the business and particularly training a top class sales team.

4. Drivio has ongoing operational support

Drivio has staff dedicated to providing ongoing assistance to the franchisees. Drivio never wants our franchisees to feel as if they are alone and running their business by themselves. Drivio is available 24/7 and are always on call to support our franchisees when they are struggling or even if they just need new ideas for growing their business.

So there you have it!!! Drivio is an outstanding franchise that has not only built a phenomenal brand but is constantly supporting their current franchisees throughout the business life-cycle. So if you are considering franchising, just make sure you are considering a franchise who is willing to support you at all times and is constantly revolutionizing the brand in today’s fast changing world.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of owning a Drivio franchise kindly direct any questions to Tannith Thompson, email address: tannith@drivio.co.za

Drivio offering the best of learner and driver licence training in 2018

It has been a fantastic start of the year for our driving instructors and all of our product offerings such as the K53 learners and driving lessons. Our stores in Pretoria, Sandton and The Vaal have been buzzing and full with all of our students excited to get their learners license and drivers license.

Every single day of the week we take a number of students to the DLTC to book for their learners licence and drivers licence and each student is hopeful to pass. Well with Drivio and our exceptionally high pass rate that is exactly what happens. Our students don’t have to go online and search how to pass your learners licence or how to get your learners or how to pass drivers licence test BECAUSE we assist our students in every step of the way!!! We make it easy as 1, 2, 3 and because we have had so many happy students with a first-time pass… they are constantly recommending us to their friends and family.

Drivio is growing at a rapid rate and we are watching our customer base grow more and more every month. Not only do we offer Code B, light motor vehicle but we also offer Code A, motorbike and Code C1, light truck and Code EC, heavy truck. Further to that we offer advanced driver training and corporate driver training such as defensive driver training and forklift driver training. We have a hugely extensive product offering and that helps us reach more customers with diverse needs. Our driving lessons are exceptionally professional and by offering our students quick bookings at the DLTC this allows them comfort in being supported at the testing station.

We are thoroughly looking forward to the 2018 year ahead and if the start is anything to go by we are going to spend the year delighting many more students with a first-time pass!

Drivio Cares About Road Safety

One of Drivio’s goals is to improve the safety of our roads in South Africa that sadly claims the lives of thousands every year! Another organisation that Drivio believe’s shares the same values is the AA (Arrive Alive) and in one of their latest articles they inform the general public of the rules and how to help themselves be better road users.

It’s an incredibly informative read and we believe sharing these types of safety tips help saves people lives.

Planning the Journey / Rules of the Road

Obey the rules of the road and carry you drivers licence with you.
Plan the route to your holiday destination and give yourself enough time to reach the destination.
Use a GPS navigation tool or a road atlas to plan your trip in advance.
For peace of mind, try to stick to major routes or toll roads – If you are going to travel on the‘back roads’identify the towns along the route and what the distance is between them.
Do not get stranded without fuel – Always plan ahead where you will re-fuel.
Plan rest stops along the way and if you are travelling with kids it is a great way to let them know when and where you will be stopping.
Always ensure that a friend or family member, who is not travelling with you, is aware of the route that you are planning to travel. Ideally you should also update them on your progress of the journey and let them know when you have reached your destination safely.
Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself.

Vehicle Fitness /Roadworthiness

Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure.
All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
Take your vehicle for a full check before embarking on your holiday travels!
Do not overload your vehicle.

Driver Fitness / Driver Fatigue
Have a good rest before you embark on your journey.
Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km
Do not drink and drive – . If you intend to consume alcohol make alternative arrangements so you will not be behind the wheel.
Remain alert at all times and avoid Driver Distractions such as cellular conversations, texting etc!
Be responsible with seatbelt wearing – Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
South African law requires each passenger being transported in a motor vehicle to make use of the seatbelts and strap themselves in. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure all passengers are strapped in mains strapped in while travelling. It is a criminal offnce for an adult to allow a child younger than 14 years to travel unrestrained in a vehicle equipped with seatbelts or a car safety seat.
Infants and children under the age of 12 should travel in the back seat of a vehicle and should be buckled up, either in a car seat, booster seat or using the cars seatbelt, depending on the age and weight of the child.
Infants between 0 months and one year of age, or up to 10kg in weight, should travel in a rear facing car seat in the back of a car. In the event of an accident, the impact will be on the seat and not on the infant.

Defensive Driving Behaviour

Drive defensively! Risk takers are collision makers!
Avoid all distractions -Keep both eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel!
Be visible – drive with your lights on!
Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.
Stay within the speed limit at all times.
Be especially alert when approaching traff lights, intersections and level crossings.
Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so!
Maintain at least a 3 second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
Avoid driving on the blind spot of other vehicles.
Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate.
Be cautious when driving alone, and avoid stopping in remote areas.
Avoiding Criminals on the road
Remain alert to any areas that might present a threat of criminal activity such as hijackings and smash-and-grab.
Always place your valuables in the boot of your car and never leave items such as cell phones and wallets in open sight, unattended, or on the seat of a car
Recognizing the Safety of All Road Users
Try to recognize potentially dangerous drivers on and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them.
Try to keep children away from the roads! The roads are not the place to play!
When waking near traff – avoid distractions and be visible!
Motorists must be aware of pedestrians and animals on the open road specifially near more rural areas.
Bikers should drive with lights onand wear Protective Clothing at all times
Bikers should never hang out in a truck’s blind spot or“No-Zone.”
Be extra cautious, paying attention to the signals and brake lights of other vehicles, especially trucks.
When cycling during the holidays remember that there is strength to be found in numbers.
Do not go on the road alone and rather fid a partner to cycle with you – This will be very important especially in the event of an emergency.
Inform friends and family when you will be cycling, the road you will be cycling on and when you can be expected to return.
Carry a fully charged cellular phone with you so you can request assistance in the event of an emergency.
The law requires that you cycle in single fie and with a safety helmet.

Safe Driving in Challenging Road Conditions

Always adjust your driving to the driving conditions and environment.
If it is raining, turn your headlights and windscreen wipers on. Try to reduce speed and try not to brake suddenly. Often there is oil and petrol on the road, which can cause you to skid out of control.
If there is fog, reduce speed, turn headlights on low, or use fog lamps. Use the road markings or the verge of the road as a guide and be very alert for sudden looming obstacles.
Always keep in mind – if you cannot see or operate the vehicle safely – You should not be driving!
Travelling with small children can be a challenge. Small children can get bored and irritable on long trips so make sure you pack a variety of their favourite snacks and toys such as portable DVD players, colouring books and crayons.
If your child tends to suffr from motion sickness and complains of dizziness or nausea, this can be helped by getting out of the car for a bit of fresh air. Alternatively, there are over the counter drugs available for treating motion sickness, which need to be taken before

Emergency stops and Accidents

Try to avoid stopping on the highway, rather take the next of ramp to stop in a more public area where you can stretch, refresh yourself and/or take a break from driving; and have numbers for roadside assistance and other emergencies close at hand or saved on your cell phone, so that you are well-prepared for any eventuality.
Keep essential roadside equipment with you as many breakdowns are caused by relatively minor problems. Items include a fist aid kit, tow rope, warning triangles, torch and fie extinguisher.
In the event of an accident, determine the extent of the damage or injuries and assess whether or not medical attention is required.
Take a picture with a camera or mobile phone and file an accident report with the police as you will need a case number for your insurance company to fie a claim. Remember to get names, addresses, telephone numbers and ID numbers of everyone involved in the accident.

Transport Month and the outstanding contribution Drivio is making to South Africa!

The year is flying by and already we have arrived at the month of October which means that South Africa is celebrating Transport Month! Since 2005 South Africa annually observe October as Transport Month. This month encompasses a celebration of the country delivering efficient, reliable and safe transport services. It’s fair to say that Drivio certainly contributes outstandingly in ensuring that every single South African who utilizes their service is receiving reliable, safe and outstanding training. With our pass rate three times higher than the national pass rate and corporate driver training that has proven to increase the safety of drivers and an advanced driving course that exceeds expectations in improving one’s driving skills – wouldn’t you say we are certainly adding value and can celebrate this month with the rest of the transport industry?

Another function that is celebrated in Transport Month is jobs created through infrastructure and service delivery programmes. Not many people know this but each Drivio store that is opened is home to roughly five to ten employees depending on size and location of the store! These employees range from Store Managers to Driver Instructors to Business Development Consultants. Is that not an incredible celebration of job creation within our growing Franchise!! Within our business model job creation is a huge contributing factor to our “why” of expanding our business. This independently means that Drivio has created jobs in Hatfield, Pretoria East, Sandton and The Vaal by expanding the business within a rapid time frame of just two years. Drivio is driving (excuse the pun) the opening of more Franchises but let us celebrate and acknowledge during this Transport Month that Drivio is committed to job creation within this sector and the more Drivio Franchises we succeed in opening, the more jobs we create!
Another outcome that is celebrated is that of development of Local Economic business in this sector. When people see Drivio and the incredible retail store, the state of the art simulators, the branding and marketing… people immediately assume this is an International brand. WHY? As fellow South Africans we need to believe in one another and the capability of the people in our country. Drivio is a proudly South African driver training Franchise!!! That’s correct!! The brilliant entrepreneur and successful businessman Thivash Moodley, a proud South African is the man who gave birth to this incredible concept and who’s business model is proving to be a hit and success in South Africa.

Another focus is that of initiatives aimed at supporting the youth and woman of South Africa. This initiative Drivio can discuss all day as it is one of our deepest passions – the Youth of South Africa. One of our core principles of our existence is ensuring that we train and support the youth in acquiring their driver license with a safe and reputable driving school. Do you remember when you were 18 years old and you faced the daunting experience of learning to drive, going to book at the testing station, dooms day on test day…. Drivio takes all of the fear out of those steps for each of their students by supplying the ultimate customer service and training preparation that sets each student up for success! This year Drivio concentrated on woman too and offered and outstanding programme to the domestic worker market giving domestic ladies the opportunity to acquire their learners and drivers license through Drivio and we are so proud to say that South Africa has incredible brave and clever domestic workers that conquered both their learner and drivers license and are now driving around town; fetching kids and groceries whilst Mom and Dad can put in a good couple of hours at the office – Is that not amazing??

It is no secret that Drivio is stealing the hearts of fellow South Africans in what they are trying to achieve, and as we celebrate Transport Month in October, we celebrate Drivio too and its undeniable contribution!

Drivio Is Ready for Greater Market Growth!

With the Western, Eastern Cape and Durban earmarked as priority regions for growth, Drivio is looking to extend its successful tech-enabled driver training model into new markets…

There are several factors responsible for Drivio’s success to date. Firstly, the company knows its target customers – millennial drivers – well, and has developed an interactive driver programme loaded with the latest technology that equips them to learn in a safe, interactive and stress free environment, gaining that all important first time pass! E-learning and driving simulators form the basis of the training methodology.

Next, Drivio knows exactly how to reach their customers with an outstanding marketing department that has exceeded the expectations of interacting and talking directly to the customer and getting the brand messaging out there.

“We set out to disrupt the driver training sector, and that’s exactly what we’ve managed to do,” says Drivio GM Tannith Thompson. “There are a lot of competitors out there, but we have broken the mould by creating a completely stress-free, fun and interactive environment where our customer service exceeds all client expectations.”

Gearing up to make a splash in the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal
Today, Drivio is ready to reach new heights, says Thompson. “We’re ready for a bigger bolder future – one in which we extend our reach across the country, and where the strength of our brand can really reach greater heights.”

The brand plans to focus on the Western and Eastern Cape initially, as well as Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, and has already signed up franchisees in these provinces. “We are looking for two more in each region to ensure we make a real splash when entering these markets,” says Thompson.

Prospective franchisees should be entrepreneurial and be prepared to be hands-on when it comes to managing their outlets. “Franchisee selection has been critical to our success to date,” says Thompson. “All prospective franchisees undergo pre-screening checks to ensure that they possess all the qualities we require for someone who will be at the helm at one of our incredible stores.”

Training puts franchisees in the driving seat
Drivio provides comprehensive management training for franchisees. Instructors and other staff also undergo training at head office to make sure they too are set up for success. “After completing the training, instructors spend a week with a mentor to expose them to all aspects of the product offering and sales techniques within this sector. This is all about empowering our instructors and providing an opportunity for them to benefit from referrals and their hard work,” says Thompson.

Potential students range from school children to university students, employees in the corporate sector and government employees. In fact the corporate sector is a big part of the business, and Drivio franchisees can offer advanced driving training, economic driver training and assess drivers on the road for companies – ultimately improving their driving methods.

The full spectrum of support is on offer to franchisees from Drivio’s in-house team, which handles all training and marketing as well.

Committed to making our roads safer
Drivio was launched to increase the safety of our roads by ensuring that people are taught to drive properly. With a pass rate that is three times the national average, it’s clear that this training methodology is having an impact. Driving lessons include simulator driver training, online theory training by means of e-learning, as well as on-road driver instruction with driving instructors. This integrated process ensures that learners become responsible and well-taught drivers. “By expanding into more towns and cities we are providing the means for people to get their driving licenses and learn how to drive in a safe and proactive manner,” Thompson says.

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.