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Bad SA drivers: Shock stats

Driving standards in South Africa are shocking due to a useless driving test, blatant disregard for traffic laws by drivers, lack of policing and proper training.

A survey conducted by Goodyear on the behavior of young drivers predominantly showed they are not sufficiently prepared and need to improve their skills.

Bad SA drivers: Cautious driving

Drivers should practice cautionary driving and be obedient to the rules of the road. The road safety survey revealed that South Africa’s young drivers lack these traits.

The study was specifically designed to search a wide range of factors starting with driver training through to general concerns among young drivers.

As Goodyear is committed to addressing driver safety, it surveyed the behavior of 6400 drivers under the age of 25. The survey covered 16 markets which included South Africa. It was intended to get inside each young driver’s mind to understand their behavior.

Bad SA drivers: High scores for South Africans

South Africans scored highest in several misconducts. Accelerating to make it through an orange traffic light, SA scored 83% compared to 73% globally. Weaving from lane to lane to get ahead gave SA a score of 48%, which was 20% higher than global average.

The study showed 90% of young South Africans were fully contented to drive on their own after completing their training although more than a third acknowledged that they would fail the test if forced to take it again.

Bad SA drivers: Obtaining a license

Less young South African drivers passed their theoretical test on the first try than globally, 82% to 84%. There is a bigger difference when it comes to passing the practical test on first attempt, 59% to the global score of 68%. It is believed that many people in South Africa pay bribes to attain a license.

If driving training was inadequate, the mindset is that experience will pay off. Only 44% of young South Africans were trained to drive in heavy rain and only 39% were taught to drive at night. Most of the night time drivers are youngsters.

Young people are excessively involved in crashes and fatalities, making it critical to ensure that they are trained sufficiently by a driving school. A refresher course is also recommended.

K53 inconsistent

According to Antoinette Hurter of Volkswagen Driving Academy, driver training is nowhere near international standards and the K53 testing system is inconsistent across the country. Drivers who never had an accident is not automatically a good driver. She is mostly shocked when licensed drivers are evaluated by their instructors.

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