Learning to drive

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A driver’s 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 exposes you to 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.

Learning to drive involves a few steps so resources have been developed to help you learn the skills required to be a safe driver.

Use the VicRoads Road to Solo Driving handbook to help you prepare for getting your learner’s permit.

Once you’ve started your driver training you can use DriveSmart an online learning tool which has been developed to help you practice your skills and prepare for your probationary licence test.

After you’ve passed your tests you can look forward to many hours enjoying the freedom of driving safely on Australia's open roads.


Drive Smart is a free online 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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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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