Never been behind the wheel of a car before? Are you concerned about driving on busy streets for the first time? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
First time drivers
Many of our students are first time drivers who haven’t previously driven a car on a public road. In this instance, the first lesson typically takes part in a safe, controlled environment (not shopping centre car parks) where the student can experience conditions similar to a public road but with no risk of accident or to public safety. This allows students to get a “feel” for vehicle control such as braking, accelerating, scanning and head checking.
Once the student has the necessary skills the lesson progresses to public roads – initially quiet backstreets and eventually busier roads with more traffic and distractions.
Nervous & older drivers
One of Trent’s specialties is working with nervous drivers including those learning to drive a little later in life or perhaps wanting to refresh their driving skills after taking a break from being behind the wheel. Trent takes an empathetic and caring approach and starts by asking the student what they want to achieve.
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.