Driv­ing lessons with a safety pro

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE nokuthula.zwane@inl.co.za

FOR­MER Miss South Africa Liesl Lau­rie chal­lenged Dis­cov­ery In­sure’s am­bas­sador Nyaniso Dzedze, to a fun-filled safe driv­ing com­pe­ti­tion yes­ter­day at the Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit. With the car in­sur­ance com­pany host­ing the ex­clu­sive VIP driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the over­all out­come proved to be that out of the 22 competitors, the men drove their Jaguars faster than the women. Af­ter re­cently up­grad­ing her driv­ing skills, Lau­rie told the Star: “I was never re­ally a bad driver, but it’s the sec­ond time that I am do­ing some­thing re­ally fun with Dis­cov­ery in terms of driv­ing and un­der­stand­ing safety. “It’s def­i­nitely taught me a lot to­day, in terms of turns and brak­ing as well. “The first course was more about pre­ci­sion and time, so that for me was my kind of vibe. The sec­ond course was a lot of topsy turvy, we had to do a sign, we had to do a crazy U-turn and for me that one was a lit­tle bit hec­tic. “I must say that I had a part­ner, who thought that we were lit­er­ally rac­ing an­other car. So she went woes (crazy). But all in all it was an amaz­ing fun time. So if I was a 8/10 (driver) I am prob­a­bly a 9/10 now,” laughs Lau­rie. Dzedze, her com­peti­tor who has been dubbed as South Africa’s safest driver, told The Star: “I’ve al­ways been an aware driver. “I’d al­ways prob­a­bly call my­self a con­scious driver, a per­sona that is quite re­spon­si­ble on the road.” Founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Dis­cov­ery In­sure Themba Baloyi said: “It’s a pity that a lot of peo­ple don’t ac­tu­ally get to be in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment to see what a ve­hi­cle is ac­tu­ally ca­pa­ble of. This is ac­tu­ally a very pow­er­ful weapon... So for me, this is like a mo­ment of reck­on­ing. It’s not just a fun el­e­ment, yes it is be­cause it pumps up your adrenalin to a high. “You can never over-em­pha­sise (safe driv­ing) what is go­ing on here as a coun­try. It is al­ways es­sen­tial for peo­ple and hope­fully peo­ple in this en­vi­ron­ment are able to take the lessons learnt here, and the height­ened ex­po­sure, to their fam­i­lies and friends and to spread the mes­sage that we need to be cautious when we drive these ve­hi­cles.”

‘We need to be cautious when we drive’

PIC­TURE: TI­MOTHY BERNARD

CHAL­LENGE: For­mer Miss SA Liesl Lau­rie and ac­tor Nyaniso Dzedze af­ter a dy­namic driv­ing chal­lenge hosted by Dis­cov­ery In­sur­ance at Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit yes­ter­day.

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