Tips for Supervising a Learner Driver


Learner drivers under 25

  • Must have at least 120 hours of supervised on-road driving experience, including 20 hours at night time;
  • One hour of structured driving tuition by a professional driving instructor will count as 3 hours in the Learner Driver Log Book to a maximum of 10 hours counting as 30 log book hours.
  • Must hold an L licence for at least 12 months.
  • For L and P1 drivers mobile phone use is prohibited, even hands-free or loudspeaker.
  • From 1 July will be allowed to travel up to 90km/h instead of 80km/h


                                                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 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

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)



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