First Things First: Safety Tips for New Drivers

New Driver

Safety First

Shopping around for a second-hand car to take you on your very first journeys as a newly-qualified driver? Or perhaps you’re on the lookout for a well-priced, pre-owned vehicle for your child who has just passed their driver’s test? Whatever the case may be, it is such a big milestone! Receiving a driver’s license is a huge step towards personal independence, which is why most new drivers are absolutely thrilled when they walk out of the traffic department with their newly minted permission to hit the road. However, it can also be a little daunting to drive off unaccompanied for the first time.

Here are our top tips for new drivers to stay safe on South African roads:

Get to Know Your Car

Whether you’re driving off in a new car, or tasting your new-found freedom in a second-hand vehicle, it always pays to know your ride. Know where your signal lights are, what the icons on your dashboard mean and how to do a basic spot-check of your vehicle before you go on longer trips. If you’ve just purchased your car, you can ask your dealer to take you through all the specifics.

Have Your Safety Kit Prepped & Ready

If peace of mind is what you’re after, a well-stocked safety kit is an answer. Aside from your standard tyre-changing kit (tyre iron, tools, spare wheel in working order), you could consider stocking your boot with a flashlight and batteries, road flares, as well as extra oil, coolant, a blanket, water, and some non-perishable snacks. This way, you’ll be fully prepared if you should ever be in a situation where your vehicle breaks down and you need to wait for help to arrive.

Road Signs Are Your Friend

If you’ve just passed your driver’s license, you still know those road signs by heart. Read them and follow them. Speed limits aren’t suggestions, they are put in place to keep you safe on the road.


Put your phone away while you’re driving. No text or call is worth your life. A hands-free kit is a good option if you travel frequently for work, but even those have been shown to cause lapses in concentration. Ideally, wait until you reach your destination to deal with any mobile-based communication.

By following these guidelines, you’ll be laying the groundwork for a lifetime of safe driving. If you’re currently in the market for a second-hand vehicle with good mileage, an attractive price tag and user-friendly safety features, visit for an unbeatable selection of quality pre-loved vehicles, or get in touch with a representative at one of our dealerships nationwide directly.

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