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.

 

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!

 

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.