How To Prepare For Your K53 Driving Licence Test

One can be a fairly competent learner driver yet still fail the K53 driving licence test, for one or more of several reasons. So it really is essential to prepare yourself well before doing the official test.


The K53 Driving licence test: some reasons people fail

  • An over-confident attitude, assuming that as long as you can use the vehicle controls to drive, steer, stop, reverse and park, you’re home and dry. WRONG! The K53 testing system places a lot of emphasis on a special system of defensive driving. The K53procedures differ from manoeuvre to manoeuvre. To learn about these K53 procedures you need to read up about them in one of the better manuals available so that you know, in theory, what you must do during the test. Then learn how to put that understanding into practice by taking driving lessons.
  • Not understanding that the days are over when mom or dad could teach you to drive. At some stage of your preparation you will need to take driving lessons with a suitably qualified and registered driving instructor (see note lower down).
  • Nervousness/anxiety during driving lessons and then while doing the driving test. Most students are nervous during the test. A lot is at stake – the costs paid so far and the fear of having to pay more and do the test over at a later date; whether or not you will have the freedom of ‘wheels’ after the test – for your own transport to and from work, or for recreation, for your job, and so on. But, just like with the learner’s licence test, you canreduce anxiety to a large extent, if you want to take the right steps. Here are some suggestions:
    • Buy a manual or the CD-ROM reviewed at this site, and read up exactly what the test covers and how you will be scored. This will reduce the extent of the unknown, and it will help you know what you need to practise while you are learning to drive.
    • Take some driving lessons with a competent and qualified driving instructor. The knowledge you gain from the books/CD-ROM will also help you assess whether you are getting your money’s worth and whether the instructor has a good knowledge of the K53 system and the test system.
    • Make sure you know which vehicle you will be using for the test, and get to know that vehicle’s controls and handling so that you are confident in that regard when you go for the test.
    • Make sure you are well on time for the test and that you have all the required documents with you when you arrive.


Learning to drive/driving lessons

IMPORTANT: The K53 driving test is a practical test where you get to show the examiner that you are competent enough to drive alone on public roads. You cannot learn to drive from a book. The driver’s licence books mentioned at this website explain everything about the test so that you’ll know exactly what and how you will be tested.

Southern African Institute of Driving Instructors logo

Southern African Institute of Driving Instructors logo

However, in addition to the preparatory knowledge you’ll gain from the manual or CD-ROM, you do need to take driving lessons with a qualified driving instructor, preferably one who is registered with SAIDI – The Southern African Institute of Driving Instructors.

When you are ready to make a booking for driving lessons, don’t be shy to ask the driving school to show you proof of membership of SAIDI. After all, YOU are paying for the lessons, so you want to be sure you have a competent instructor.


Where to find a driving school?

You can refer to the Yellow Pages for adverts by driving schools, or you can use the convenient and growing online national database offered by Click this link to watch the iDrive video.

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Preparation resources – know how you’ll be tested

Learner’s And Driver’s Combo Manuals – Overview

Topscore Interactive CD Covering Both Learner’s And Driver’s Test – Disc or downloadable

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