Driving schools—learning to drive
Using a driving school or a driver trainer will help you to learn how to drive and ensure you have the driving skills you need to be a safe and competent driver. The benefits of using a professional driver trainer include:
- a properly trained teacher realises that you are an individual
- the trainer has the ability to develop a teaching plan to suit your needs
- dual-controlled vehicles are used to provide driver training and these are checked every 12 months by government inspectors to ensure they are properly maintained
- lessons may be taken before or after work and in some cases on weekends
- rates are competitive and lessons run for a prescribed length of time.
Licensed drivers wanting to update their driving skills can also seek the assistance of a driver trainer who can tailor a course to suit their needs.
Check the Yellow Pages to find an accredited driver trainer in your area.
When looking for a driver trainer, cheaper is not always better. Make sure you check:
- the driver trainer’s accreditation and experience
- how long each lesson will be
- whether the trainer follows a structured approach with defined objectives.
Learner logbook hours
Every hour you drive with an accredited trainer counts for 3 hours in your logbook—up to a maximum of 10 actual hours or 30 logbook hours.
Any hours with a trainer after the 10 actual hours must be recorded in your logbook in real time.