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A drivers licence is a key to independence and freedom. It allows you to get to work, study, sport, shopping and go out with ease, yet it is also puts you in the face of real and potential danger on our roads.

Inexperienced drivers are at high risk of injury and death on the roads and it is vital to get as much experience as possible so you can deal with the many situations you will encounter when driving.

What you need

The basics of learning to drive

  • Getting your L plates and
  • Getting your P plates

Driving practice – a required 120 hours if you are under 21 years

  • City driving
  • Country driving
  • Night driving and
  • Driving in all types of weather

Seatbelt safety

Drive Smart – our online interactive resource to hone your driving skills

More learn to drive information

Once you pass the required tests, you can look forward to many hours enjoying the freedom of driving safely on Australia's open roads.

Contact us at the TAC if you need any further information by emailing us on info@tac.vic.gov.au or call 1300 654 329 (local call) 1800 332 556 (toll-free outside the Melbourne metropolitan area) between 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

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The basics

Learning to drive involves a few steps. First time drivers need to pass a learner's permit test which anyone over 16 years is eligible to sit. Once you pass, you then have 12 months to gain at least 120 hours of practice.

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Driving conditions

Practice is the key to driving safely on the road when you are a learner driver. The more practice you have driving in all conditions - including wet, country and city roads - the less risk you have of an accident on your P plates.

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Young driver statistics

More than 300 young drivers aged 18 – 25 have lost their lives in Victoria in the last 10 years – representing just less than one in four (23%) of drivers lives lost in Victoria in this period.

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Learner driver resources

The best idea when learning to drive is to get as much information as possible - whether you are a learner driver, a parent of a young learner driver or a supervisor.  Resources you need for learning to drive can be found here.

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Drive Smart is a free CD-ROM training program which helps you practice your skills and become a more experienced and safer driver as you work towards getting your probationary licence.

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