What sets Got Wheels? apart from the rest? I mean, what am I essentially paying for?
What was an old driving school, Got Wheels? and the K53-at-School Project has now been rebranded and legally registered with a mission to help learners along what can seem to be the tedious process of attaining a learner’s licence – ultimately putting more than competent, safety-conscious drivers on our roads. As a wider range of occupations to choose from becomes available than otherwise without, having a learner’s license provides young South Africans with just that many more options.
For R1250.00, students also recieve a welcome pack including the Got Wheels? Learner’s Workbook and out very own “L” sticker for you to use after you’ve passed the official test as well as a wholesome lunch (options to choose from will be available when completing the Got Wheels? booking form) so as to take some time to relax, reenergise and socialise with the other learners before taking on the second half of the workshop on both Saturday and Sunday. Snacks are available to buy so remember to bring along some cash. Having completed the course, students can then apply for their learner’s with confidence.
What’s more is that as an educational institution or organisation, your school (or the cause that you support) will get a guaranteed 5% of the fee that each student pays to join the workshop. This is our way of giving back. How cool is that?!
I’ve heard that Got Wheels? employs a certain learning method. Please tell me more.
Our head tutor at Got Wheels? has been teaching both here and abroad for a number of years and has developed a way of learning which has helped many students pass the first time around – not just their learner’s tests might I add! The bulk of the workshop consists of a practice test in which the tutor will go through each question and you as the learner are expected to make use of the learning method. After having attempted a few questions, you will realise that it goes faster and faster and soon enough you will be doing it without looking back at the steps outlined in the Got Wheels? learner’s workbook. Basically, if you apply the learning method correctly the theory is that you should arrive at the correct answer. However, should all else fail then use the process of elimination – how to do this most accurately in terms of the official test will be covered in the workshop too, so there’s no need to worry!
Is it true that most stations are now using a computerised test and others not?
Some centres might revert back to the older, written test due to technical issues without prior warning. It is best to call the centre where you have made your booking to make sure well before you are to write your test. Regardless, do not be fooled by anybody who tells you that they “have the test.” Whatever that person may have, has been illegally removed from a DLTC (Driving Licensing Testing Centre) and is most likely outdated or incomplete. What the learner acquires by joining a Got Wheels? workshop is all that he / she will need in order to pass the official test – written or computerised.
Do I still need to buy a copy of one of the national K53 manuals available at say, a book or stationary store?
No, you do not need to buy a copy of or study anything from the national K53 once you have completed the Got Wheels? workshop. We work directly from our own training manual because there are contradictions in the several available editions of the K53 which tend to cause confusion as to what is / isn’t relevant anymore. The Got Wheels? workshop is also designed to facilitate any kind of remediation such as learning, language and cultural barriers by means of our own learning method, entirely unique to Got Wheels? The same goes for mobile applications that can be downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet as well as websites. Do not fall prey to what may seem like a quick and easy route as to learning the K53!
Will the learner receive some form of study material to take home?
Yes. As a paying client, you receive a welcome pack including the Got Wheels? learner’s workbook which contains all the necessary information for both learner and parent/s or guardians, such as how the official test is structured and what is required to pass it, a step-by-step guide as to how to apply the Got Wheels? learning method to each question as well as a summary of the workshop content and diagrams to go through before writing the official test. This workbook also contains a tear-out sheet with a convenient check-box list to use before and when making the booking ensuring that you are fully prepared when arriving at a DLTC (Driving Licensing Testing Centre) for the first time. This sheet is very important!
Is Got Wheels? able to guide the us along the process of making a booking in order to write the official test at a DLTC (Driving Licensing Testing Centre) for the first time?
Yes, both learners and parents or guardians will be made fully aware of what is required in order to make a booking at a DLTC during the Got Wheels? workshop. In addition to the tear-out sheet with a convenient check-box list provided in the Got Wheels? learner’s workbook to use before and when making the booking, ensuring that you are fully prepared when arriving at a DLTC, the tutor will demonstrate filling out a mock LL1 (Application for Learners License) form. This is the form that you will be given at the DLTC.
Why should I not make a booking at a DLTC (Driving Licensing Testing Centre) before attending the workshop?
You should only make your booking once you have completed the Got Wheels? workshop / revision sessions as your tutor may feel that you are not yet ready to write the test! If this is the case, the head tutor will speak to the learner and his / her parents or guardians in order to arrange individual revision sessions so as to allow the time and space for the tutor to target specific problem areas. These sessions are charged for separately (R350.00 per hour) and do not include lunch as they are usually only an hour or two long. Location thereof would be arranged to suit the tutor as well as the student and his / her parents or guardians.
Can Got Wheels? guarantee a pass? Many driving schools do.
Of course not! Can the teachers at your school guarantee that you are going to pass the year? No. Any driving school, “teaching” the K53 that is foolish enough to tell you that you are guaranteed to pass it is quite frankly setting themselves up for failure because things do happen – students get nervous and “go blank,” don’t revise before the test, etc. Many of these supposed guaranteed passes have also been known to be masked as such when in fact the school demands extra money from the client for bribes, basically “buying” a pass. Got wheels? aims to do it’s best to help you attain your learner’s licence but will by no means accept money for such undertakings.
Will the learner receive a record of completion and what happens if the tutor feels that he / she is not ready to make a booking and write the official test as yet?
Yes. Upon completing the two-day course, each student will receive an e-mail stating that he / she is now ready to make his / her booking to write the official test at a DLTC (Driving Licensing Testing Centre) with his / her practice test results. However, should the learner not be ready then he / she should attend individual revision sessions so as to allow the time and space for the tutor to target specific problem areas.
Once the learner has written and passed the official test, what is the next step?
Once the student has passed the official test, he / she will receive a temporary learner’s licence for which one needs to pay a fee of R72,00 (this may change) to the DLTC (Driving Licensing Testing Centre).
Once you have your learner’s license, you may drive only when supervised by another, fully licenced driver. It is valid for 24 months and cannot be extended. You should therefore have learned to drive and passed your driver’s test before your learner’s license expires.