Datsun GO is throwing a lifeline to young professionals using public transport to support them get driver’s licenses and buy affordable car.
The ride to take the weight off their feet, driving to work and dashing to various institutions where they study part-time is stress-free following the launch of all-new Datsun GO.
One such professional introduced all-new Datsun GO during the launch in 2018 is Mpumi Nkosi.
Like millions of young professionals around the country, Mpumi depend on public transport.
She uses taxis and e‑hailing services to commute between Soweto and Sandton, Johannesburg where she works.
She was also using public transport to travel to Tshwane University of Technology, where she completed her BTech in Journalism.
In taking part in the Datsun GO launch, Mpumi calculated that for just R500 more than what she was spending on public transport every month; she could pay off a new Datsun GO in 72 months.
Her friend Phindile Xaba, follows a similar route and combines her work in Johannesburg with part-time studies in education at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
Head of Datsun South Africa, Hideyuki Kuwayama said the carmaker helped Mpumi and her friend Phindile tackle the final hurdle standing between her and the open road and assisted them with the driving license process.
“We at Datsun couldn’t be more excited. Empowering Mpumi and Phindile to get one step closer to independence, is what we stand for as a business. Our vehicles are the perfect fit for them, and we aim to empower many more South Africans in the coming years,” said Kuwayama.
Tips to make this process easy:
- The first step is to get your learner’s license. For example; road signs, command and warning signs.
- Make your appointment for your learner’s license online (this can take up to a week) and start going through the K53 manual two weeks before your appointment. It’s advisable to choose a licensing department closest to your home.
- As part of this process, you need to submit an eye test. To jump the queues at the licensing department, get your eyes tested at a private optometrist.
- On the day of your learner’s license appointment, arrive 30-min before to calm the nerves.
- Once you have passed your learners license, start with driving lessons. Remember to ask your instructor for the best packages to save money.
- Your first lesson is the most important one when you understand the purpose of the controls and all the operations of the vehicle (for example; the vehicles indicators and clutch).
- Next up, let’s get you more exposed to the open road. This step can take up to 20-hours, driver and behavior dependent.
- Once you have confidence, make an appointment for your driver’s license.
- Should you wish to jump the queues at the licensing department again, go to a private optometrist.
- On the day of the test, apply and implement what you have learnt! Make sure you eat something to prevent a slump in your sugar levels, those who know say a chocolate bar is just the thing.
To watch the process of Mpumi and Phindile getting their driver’s licenses, as well as a visual demonstration of the above-mentioned tips, see the video.
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