Learner drivers under 25
Tips for Parents
• Safe driving takes time and practice – it is more than just operating a vehicle.
• Plan for a variety of driving experiences (e.g. different road conditions, weather conditions) and
vary the time of day.
• Shorter drives can be useful early on.
• Reduce the risk of distraction (e.g. turn off mobile phones)
• Keep instructions short and clear.
• Be positive and acknowledge when your teenager does well rather than criticise.
• At the end of a drive reinforce achievements and discuss areas to work on.
• Real on-road driving experience is more beneficial than ‘advanced’ or ‘defensive’ off-road driver
• You and your young driver should be read the Road Users Handbook (NSW road rules) and
understand licence conditions.
• For helpful information, attend a free ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers Workshop’
in your local area. Contact the Roads and Maritime Services (replacing the RTA) on 13 22 13, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au or visit your local Council’s website.
NEW Safer Driver Course for Young Drivers
From 1 July 2013, learner drivers who complete the Safer Drivers Course will receive a reduction of their logbook driving hours from 120 to 100.
The Safer Driver Course is a combined theoretical and practical course involving a facilitated group session discussing how to manage risks on the road and tailored in-car coaching addressing individual learning needs.
The group session will be two to three hours, and the in-car coaching will be one to two hours.
Not all learner drivers will be able to access the course immediately. The course will be progressively rolled out in NSW based on demand and provider availability.
For more information about the Safer Driver Course contact rms.nsw.gov.au
Defensive Driving Courses –
are they a good idea for Learner Drivers?
“Research indicates that advanced or defensive driving courses do not enhance skills for novice or learner drivers. Such courses can also lead to overconfidence of drivers resulting in increased risk taking. The Graduated Licensing Scheme in NSW consists of three stages and four tests. The focus is on supervised on-road driving experience in a range of conditions and environments. “Limiting Risks, Protecting Lives.” NSW Centre for Road Safety (RTA 2009)