Northern Beaches Driving Lessons
In addition to complying with the NSW Road Rules, you must:
- Only drive cars
- Be supervised at all times by the holder of a full (not learner or provisional) Australian driver licence
- Have L plates displayed (black L on an orange/yellow background) clearly at the front and back of the vehicle, on the outside (or an L sign on the roof) when driving. The letter L on the plate must not be hidden
- Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h, and observe the posted speed limit where it is below 90km/h
- Not tow any other vehicle
- Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration. This means you cannot have any alcohol in your system when you drive a vehicle. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs
- Not supervise another learner driver
- Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seat belts or child restraints
- Only drive vehicles that have a seat belt fitted to the driver’s position, and you mustwear the seat belt
- Not use any mobile phone, including hands-free devices or loud speaker, while driving, or while your vehicle is stopped, but not parked.
- If in Sydney, not drive in Parramatta Park or Centennial Park.
Failure to comply is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.
Practical driving experience – Learner Driver Log Book
Research indicates that learner drivers who increase their supervised on-road experience can reduce their crash risk by 30 per cent, in the first two years of solo driving. Learner drivers under supervision have a very low involvement in crashes. It is only when they begin to drive solo that their involvement in crashes increases.
Your learner driver log book allows you and your supervising driver(s) to record your driving experience. Take care of your log book. If you need a replacement log book, you will need to attend a registry or service centre and pay a replacement fee.
You must log at least 120 hours of supervised driving, including a minimum of 20 hours of night driving, before you can attempt the driving test. Night driving hours are between sunset and sunrise.
Driving lessons with an instructor – 3 for 1
For every one hour structured driving lesson you complete with a licensed Driving Instructor, you can record three hours driving experience in your Log Book. A maximum of 10 hours of lessons will be accepted and recorded as 30 hours driving experience.
This doesn’t mean that driving lessons with an instructor are compulsory, or that you should stop having lessons once you reach the 10 hour limit, if you feel you’d benefit from more lessons.
Driving lessons at night (between sunset and sunrise) count for only one hour of night driving. The other two hours are added to your day driving hours.
- Log it – Be sure to record these sessions in your Structured Lesson Record Keeper log book insert.
You do not have to complete a Learner Driver Log Book if you:
- Are over 25 years old
- Previously held a NSW or interstate driver licence, other than a learner licence
- Previously held an overseas licence, other than a learner licence
- Hold an overseas licence, other than a learner licence, and are issued with a learner licence after failing one driving test
- Are specifically exempted by Roads and Maritime Services.
Recognition of log book hours recorded in another state or territory
If you’ve held a learner licence in another Australian state or territory, Roads and Maritime will recognise hours recorded in an interstate learner driver log book, as long as you provide appropriate documentation.
Practice drives planner
The Practice drives planner is available for supervisors, parents and learner drivers to plan on-road driving experiences. The weekly calendar-style planner can be put up on the fridge or on the wall, so that everyone gets a reminder to negotiate dates and times for practice drives.
The planner can also stimulate discussion between the supervisor and learner driver about where to drive, and what skills to practice. It helps when negotiating and developing a driving partnership. Learning goals and learning content can be found in the Learner Driver Log Book.
- Plan for practice on a variety of types of roads with different levels of traffic
- Ensure the learner driver is getting variety in the time of day
- Make sure you plan some night drives, preferably later in the process.
Source : Roads & Traffic Authority of NSW (www.rms.nsw.gov.au)
Questions about taking the learners driving test?
Contact Trent Ashton, Beaches Driving Academy, for more information about our learner training or to book a driving lesson.