Tips for Learners’ Supervisors
Based on the NSW road rules, the minimum age to start driving a car is sixteen-year-old. But first you should pass the Knowledge Test after which you are given a ‘learner licence’. Using this licence then you are permitted to drive a car; however, the condition is that a person having a full Australian licence should sit beside you while you are driving. That person is called your ‘Supervising Driver’. If you are twenty-four-year-old or younger you are also given a ‘Learner Driver Logbook’.
Choosing a supervising driver; Your supervising driver may be a family member or a friend, or a licensed driving instructor. It may be beneficial for you to obtain the services of a professional driving instructor at various stages during the learning process. A person who receives money or any other reward for teaching you to drive must hold a driving instructor’s licence.
3 for 1 structured lesson;
Learner drivers who complete a one-hour structured driving lesson with a fully licenced driving instructor can record three hours driving experience in their log book. A maximum of 10 one-hour structured lesson can be accepted and recorded in the ‘Learner Log Book’ for up to 30 hours. Any more than 10 one-hour lessons can only be recorded as actual driving time. driving school in sydney
Twelve tips for better learner supervision
when you are working with your learner driver
- If either you or the learner driver is tired, upset or stressed, reschedule the practice session to another time.
- Try frequent, short practice sessions in the beginning.
- Use the ‘Learner driver log book’ task key points and learning content as a guide to practice sessions.
- Begin with the easiest tasks then, once they have been mastered, move to the more difficult tasks.
- Discuss then demonstrate new tasks before getting the learner to attempt them.
- Use ‘commentary driving’- which involves the driver and passenger talking about what is happening inside and outside the vehicle.
- Start the learner practicing on quite streets, preferably in daylight, before moving onto busier roads and more challenging conditions.
- Allow the learner to proceed at his or her own pace.
- Don’t criticise mistakes. Calmly discuss what happened and allow the learner to try again.
- Be positive and offer praise when the learner successfully completes a task.
- Impress upon the learner the importance of developing a sensitivity to speed. It is important that they realise that the faster a vehicle travels, the more difficult it becomes to respond to potential hazards. They should also realise that the faster a vehicle is travelling when involved in a crash, the more devastating the outcome.
- Avoid using the radio, mobile phone or talking to other passengers while the learner is practicing.