Tips for Supervising a Provisional Driver

Supporting Provisional Drivers (P1 & P2) 

  • A P1 licence must be held for at least 12 months.
  • After passing a hazard perception test, drivers progress to the P2 licence for a minimum of 24 months.
  • Speed restrictions for P1 drivers is 90km/h and for P2 drivers 100km/h
  • A zero blood alcohol limit applies to all L, P1 and P2 licence holders. This means NO ALCOHOL before driving.
  • For P1 drivers mobile phone use is prohibited, even hands-free or loudspeaker. P2 drivers must only talk on a hands-free phone when driving; no text messaging.
  • P1 drivers under the age of 25 can only carry one passenger under 21 between the hours of 11pm and 5am (some exemptions apply).


Tips for Parents 

Remember your teenager is still very new to driving. Continue to encourage safe driving including:

  • Ensuring they organise their time so they can stick to posted speed limits and adapt to driving conditions, such as rain.
  • Get them to plan their night before they leave.

Slowly increasing the amount of independent night driving – this is a time when young drivers are more likely to crash.

• Gradually allowing them to increase the number of passengers in the car once they have progressed to the P2 stage. 

Before your teenager goes out, particularly when partying, spend some time discussing options for getting home safely. Some ideas for young people to consider: 

• Leave the car at home.

• Catch a bus – check timetables to avoid waiting times at bus stops.

• Stay overnight with a friend.

• Arrange to be dropped off and picked up by a parent or other responsible adult. 

Also discuss:

• Driving alcohol free.

• Dealing with pressure from friends to drive in an unsafe manner.

• Being a responsible passenger.






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