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So you have your L's


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Got your L's? You can begin learning to drive, however under special L-rules and conditions. Follow the laws and you're cool. Don't, and you'll get a fine, demerit points or lose your permit (be disqualified).

With your L's you'll get a book called The Driving Companion. It's all in there - compulsory driving hours, selecting an authorized supervising motorist or a motor driving instructor, how to get your P1 drivers licence ... so get your head around the lot.

How you learn to drive is critical. The smart way? Getting loads of practice with buddies or family (who satisfy the requirements for a Qualified Overseeing Driver) is an usual approach.

Compulsory driving hours

You'll have to finish at least 75 hours of supervised driving in an array of conditions with at least 15 hours at night. You'll require heaps of experience in an array of driving conditions:

  • Light conditions - day, night, dawn, sunset.
  • Weather - rain, fog.
  • Types of roads - highways, gravel roads.
  • Traffic conditions - light or heavy.
  • pre learner Heads up!

You'll require to finish at least 75 hours monitored driving hours 15 during the night. Watch the videos above to find out how other learner drivers get their driving hours up - practice practice practice.
Begin practicing on quiet streets and, as you improve, attempt more challenging conditions but, just when you're comfy controlling your car. Try a brand-new condition at a time, and take some time to get used it.

Develop a system for each driving lesson. Automobile secrets, L-plates on, student's permit, and log book.

Qualified Monitoring Drivers

Selecting your Qualified Monitoring Driver is very important as they'll supervise, advise and teach you the abilities and process required - inspecting the vehicle, vehicle control, observing, preparing and protective driving.

They also need to verify your driving hours in your log book in The Driving Companion, and could likewise be asked to confirm their guidance of your driving.

Qualified Monitoring Drivers can be anybody like a dads and mom, good friend or relative, however they have to satisfy these legal requirements:

Existing full motorists licence holder for the automobile class being driven for the past two years.(learner's permit, provisional or probationary drivers licence does not count).

  • No driving disqualifications in the past two years.
  • No motorists licence holders subject to etiquette conditions.
  • Seated best next you at all times while you're driving. This also applies to parking practice (even in vehicle parks).
  • A person who holds a foreign motorists licence can be your qualified monitoring driver, offered that they satisfy the above conditions, their drivers licence is issued by a nation recognized by South Australia and their drivers licence is composed in English or has an English translation.


Heads up!

It's an offence for a Qualified Overseeing Driver to have a blood alcohol reading of 0.05 or even more (or cannabis, speed or ecstasy) in their blood or saliva.

Motor Driving Trainers.

Professional driving trainers (someone who charges you a fee) have to have a driving instructor drivers licence. They're trained, assessed and accredited, plus they're routinely re-assessed. A list of motor driving trainers is readily available in the Telephone directory under 'Driving Schools'. Constantly inspect that they have a drivers licence for the driver training you need.

Learning to drive safely.

A driver's top priority is to get there safely. So, get as much supervised driving practice as possible. However start slowly and obtain experience slowly prior to attempting brand-new skills.

Drivers need to see what's taking place around them and make tons of choices. The more time you need to decide, and the more you practice, the more your driving will enhance.

Driving defensively helps you anticipate trouble before it occurs, so look into the competency-based training program in The Driving Companion.

Heads up!

Begin practising on peaceful streets and slowly work up to busier roads and greater speeds when your manager states you prepare.

Before you start the vehicle, do this psychological checklist:

  • Certified supervising driver / motor driving teacher beside you?
  • Got your log book?
  • Got your learner's permit with you?
  • Everyone's seat belt on?
  • Smart phone off?