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Six tips for supervising learner drivers

Supervisors play an important role in the process of learning to drive. As a supervising driver, it’s important to give your learner driver lots of practice, advice and support along the way.

  1. In the early stages of driving, encourage your learner to concentrate on the car and the road. You’ll initially act as an extra pair of eyes to watch the road and help your learner anticipate potential hazards.
  2. Remember to have realistic expectations. Don’t make your learner encounter situations that they are uncomfortable with, before they are ready. Let your learner know that becoming a good, safe driver takes time and plenty of experience. Your role should decrease as the learner’s skills increase.
  3. Understand and reinforce the correct driving techniques taught by the driving school. Your learner driver should have at least three to four lessons with recognised driving school. This helps establish the correct pattern of driving skills, attitudes and behaviours.*
  4. Make sure your learner driver gets plenty of practice in non-threatening situations. Start in quiet suburban streets (outside peak periods) or a deserted parking lot.
  5. As your learner gains experience, introduce more demanding driving situations. This can include driving on busier roads, night driving, wet weather driving as well as sessions on busier highways and unsealed roads. Remember, your learner driver must log at least 10 hours of night driving before they can go for their provisional licence.
  6. Where possible, use the same vehicle to produce consistent performance, encouragement and feedback. For the same reasons, it’s also best if your learner driver sticks with one supervisor.

Safe Driving in Queensland handbooks

RACQ advises learner drivers and their supervisors to use the Safe Driving In Queensland handbooks published by Queensland Transport. The Supervising Driver Handbook provides a step-by-step guide to supervising learner drivers, checklists of skills to cover during each step and other helpful tips for supervisors.

The Learner Driver Handbook includes the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of being a learner, safe driving tips, and information on how to handle a range of driving conditions.

* The Queensland Government allows each hour of supervised on-road driving experience with an accredited driver trainer to count as three hours in a logbook, up to a maximum of 10 hours. This means 10 hours with an accredited trainer will count as 30 hours supervised on-road driving in a logbook.

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