The Exclusively 9-Point Question and Answer Guide You Want

There is always that one question that baffles you. Or worse, you have a question but cannot quite describe it in words. Before a K53 learner’s or driver’s test a million questions rumble through your head. Or a close friend, teenager or work colleague throughs a question about the K53 tests at you and you have no idea how to answer. What if you already have your licence permit or are on the verge of trying out for one and you still don’t have the answer?

Why constantly ponder over something if the answer is only a read away? The 9-Point Answer Guide answers frequently asked questions with regards to the K53 Tests. Knowing the answers not only gives you more confidence passing your learner’s or driver’s test but enable you to be an informed driver on the road. The 6-point Answer Guide brings you the answers you need.

“To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered.” – John Ruskin

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Don’t only expect the answer. You want to pass the licence test the first time. Don’t let uninformed actions cause you to fail! Are you a barefoot driver and stressing because your K53 driver’s test are tomorrow and you need to wear shoes? Did you know that barefoot driving is legal; even while completing your driver's licence test?

Imagine all the unanswered questions you have, or traffic rules you thought are rules but are only mere guidelines to be safer on the road. Take Grandpa Wizen for example. He obtained his Code B driver’s licence in 1953. In 2010 he took his grandchildren on a road trip with his sons’ minibus. Today, Grandpa. Wizen has a criminal record after he got pulled over by a traffic officer. You see, Grandpa Wizen wasn’t aware his class of vehicle on his driver’s licence didn’t correspond with the minibus he was driving. For him to legally drive the minibus, he had to upgrade from a Code B to a Code C1.

But how does one upgrade your class of vehicle? And what if you drive an automatic vehicle during you driver's test, are you legally allowed to drive a manual car as well? Whether you are a teenager or adult, read The 9-Point Answer Guide. Don’t just pass your driver’s licence, pass the right code, the right way and ultimately be safe on the road!

1st Section Your Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

#01 Q: Are traffic officials excused with regards to obeying road signs and speed limits?

A: Some officials are excused from obeying speed limits and road signs.

More on this. In the case of a traffic officer or person who is appointed and authorised to drive a fire-fighting vehicle, a fire-fighting response vehicle, a rescue vehicle, an emergency medical response vehicle or an ambulance while performing his or her duties may be excused from obeying speed limits and road signs.

#02 Q: If I pass the K53 driving test in an automatic motor vehicle, can I also drive a manual car?

A: No. You may only drive the class of vehicle as indicated on your driving licence card.

More on this. If you have obtained your driver's licence using an automatic vehicle you can only drive a vehicle with the same transmission. However, if you complete your driver's license test using a manual transmission vehicle, you can legally drive with either a manual or automatic transmission vehicle. View even more info on your light motor vehicles with regards to the K53 test or heavy motorvehicle k53 test requirements.

#03 Q: Are you allowed to use a cell phone while driving and are traffic officials excused?

A: No. Using a cell phone while driving is illegal, including traffic officials.

More on this. No driver, including road officials, are permitted to use any hand-held communication devices while driving. These devices include cell phones, microphones or any other means of communication. Using a device that is in no way being held in your hands or with any other part of your body is allowed.

#04 Q: Is it legal to drive barefoot? Is it permitted to try for your driving licence without wearing shoes?

A: Yes, it is legal to drive barefoot in South Africa, even when doing your licence test.

More on this. No law or regulation in South Africa states that you cannot drive barefoot or do your driver's license without wearing any shoes.

SAIDI (The Southern African Institute of Driving Instructors) said the following:
“While we all know it would be better if they did [wear shoes], since feet are very sensitive and can get hurt on the pedals, we also know that many applicants love driving barefoot and cannot comfortably wear shoes.”

#05 Q: How can I upgrade my driving licence code?

A: You will first have to do a learner’s permit test before completing the driver’s licence test designed for that code group.

More on this. If you have a Code A1 for a motorcycle but need a Code A, you can only upgrade by undertaking both your learner's and driver's licence tests again; this applies for all K53 codes. For more info on K53 Motorcycle tests.

#06 Q: Are driving lessons compulsory for the practical driving test?

A: No, it is not a legal requirement to enrol in a driving school to obtain your driver's licence.

More on this. It is not yet required by The National Road Traffic Act of South Africa to first take driving lessons before you can make an appointment for, or pass your driver’s licence. However, accepting assistance before going for your driver’s licence will give you an advantage on passing the test.

#07 Q: Is it legal for a learner driver to drive on the N1 and N2?

A: Yes, a learner driver is permitted to drive on any public road.

More on this. If a person has a learning permit he or she can drive on any public road; considering the traffic regulation that he or she is accompanied by a person in the front passenger seat who holds a legal driving licence, similar to the type of vehicle they are driving in.

#08 Q: Are learner applicants entitled to see their learner’s licence test results after doing the test?

A: No. You are not entitled to see your test afterwards.

More on this. It is standard procedure that when you have finished the test, you will not be handed your paper to view which questions you got wrong. You can only ask the examiner which sections (vehicle controls, signs, rules) you have passed or failed.

#09 Q: For what does GVM stand?

A: GVM means Gross Vehicle Mass.

More on this. The GVM of a vehicle refers to the maximum mass including the load it's carrying. Another frequently used term is the GCM, Gross Combination Mass. A vehicle's GCM refers to the maximum mass of a combination of vehicles. It includes both a trailer and possible load. For more relevant k53 terminology.

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It is your choice to be a Grandpa Wizen. Don't let being uninformed get in your way of obtaining your K53 learner's and driver's licence. Know how to upgrade the code of your licence; understand the traffic regulations; and differentiate between what is legally required and not. You can distinguish between passing your licence, and passing your licence safe and informed!

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