Learner driver Information
For some learner drivers, getting out on the road can be difficult. Keep in mind that the chance of being involved in an accident when there is an experienced driver in the car is very small.
The VicRoads Learner Kit is always a good place to start once you have your learner's permit. This will help you get the most out of your practice sessions and you can record your progress.
Starting your driving practice
Here are some tips to help learner drivers feel more relaxed and comfortable when learning to handle a car.
- Don't be in a hurry.
- Become familiar with the car's controls, have your seat in the right position and make sure you can see clearly in all directions.
- The right seating position and ability to see clearly in all directions is important.
- Start driving practice away from traffic and possible hazards. Get rid of any distractions that make it hard to concentrate. Practice taking off, stopping, smooth gear control and braking.
- Keep practising until the basics feel natural and smooth, then move on to more demanding tasks such as using all mirrors, stopping the car in a specified place, hill starts and parking.
- Short and regular practice sessions are best.
- Talk about any problems with co-ordination skills and getting on top of the basic operations. This is a good time to get professional help if you feel unable to master the basic car control skills.
Moving onto more challenging driving
Once you have mastered the basics and have developed a feel for driving, move onto more challenging situations. Start in areas you feel most comfortable driving and then move to other areas once your confidence and skill level improves.
- Start with short trips (10-20 minutes) and build to longer sessions (30-60 minutes). Start during quieter traffic times and gradually build up to busier periods.
- Once you feel confident, drive on regular trips - to school, sport and visiting friends. This will make certain routes more familiar and develop confidence to move to more complex situations.
- Learn about the skills involved in driving such as judging stopping distances, anticipating the actions of other road-users, choosing the right speed for conditions and managing any aggression from other drivers.
The most important thing is not to let nerves stop you becoming a safer driver. See our Learning to Drive section for information.