Getting Your Driver's Licence

You have your learner's in your hand, you've made it (or almost made it) past 18, and you can smell the sweet freedom of having a driver's licence. Here's a step-by-step guideline on how to get your driver's.

Woohoo! You've passed your learner's, and now it's time to get down to the real business. You can get your licence as soon as you turn 18, so you could book your driver's test for on your birthday if you are confident enough. But before we get into the nitty gritty of this process, let us set something straight. Everyone seems to be up on a high horse when they pass their driver's. What most people don't tell you, though, is that it's actually really scary and you can make stilly mistakes, so things don't always end so well. How, you ask? Carry on reading.

I failed my driver's. It's everybody's worst nightmare and it happened to me. I hate not succeeding at things and this blew my confidence up in a huge mushroom cloud of smoke. Needless to say, no one knew when I redid my test so that I could avoid that embarrassment. I felt that way at that point, but thinking back, it really wasn't that bad. After I finally passed, I heard of many people who hadn't passed the first time and I realised, it's actually okay.

When I got my licence, it was a dream come true. Every teen dreams about the freedom of getting their driver's licence and finally being able to venture out and explore the world. Generally people will tell you that it's actually not all that it's cracked up to be. I'm not going to tell you that. I will tell you that it is everything you dreamed it to be – plus more. Driving alone for the first time makes you feel giddy, confident and absolutely amazing. There is no over-exaggerating the feeling. It's simply fantastic.

The most important thing that you need to take into account when you book your driver's licence is that you need to know how to drive. This is the most vital step in becoming a licensed driver. You can ask a brave family member or friend to help you or you can go for driving lessons.

Driving Lessons

It all seems so simple right? Well unfortunately the required way of driving isn't what we see our parents doing. They drive the ‘wrong' way. The correct way is K53. You can read up about it in the K53 books, but the easiest way to be completely confident driving with K53, is by going for driving lessons. Driving lessons are there for every step of the way, from your learner's until passing your driver's. Some driving schools offer learner's licence classes, but most of them are there for after your learner's licence – to teach you how to drive. If you've never driven a car before and no one in your family or friend group is jumping to help you, then a driving school is the answer for you. They will teach you everything from the very basics, like working the clutch, doing a hill start, and parking, while applying the K53 methods and rules.

Where to get lessons

One of the best ways to find a good driving instructor is to ask friends or relatives for recommendations. They might have had a very good experience from a certain school or private instructor. Alternatively, you can look up a driving school. Each city has different driving schools. You can go to iDrive for area-specific driving schools if your city is not listed in the table below.