Help your kids log their driving hours

Top tips to help supervise learner drivers.
Learner driver

Your child or a young driver you know has finally obtained their learner licence and is ready to hit the open road.

This can be an exciting and scary time, given some of the dangers on the roads.

As a supervisor, you have a very important role to play in helping them record practice hours. They will learn their habits and mannerisms from you, so make sure you’re teaching them the correct way to become a confident and skilled driver.

Here are some valuable tips and services that can help guide them to driving success. 

  1. Encourage the learner to concentrate on the car and the road, while you act as an extra pair of eyes to help them anticipate potential hazards.
  2. Start slowly. Give them plenty of practice in non-threatening situations – like quiet suburban streets (outside peak periods) or a deserted parking lot – and don’t take them into difficult situations before they are ready.
  3. Do your homework. Understand and reinforce the correct driving techniques taught by the driving school.
  4. As they gain experience, introduce them to more demanding driving situations – like driving on busier roads and highways, night driving, wet weather driving and driving on unsealed roads. Remember, your learner driver must log at least 10 hours of night driving before they can go for their provisional license.
  5. Where possible, use the same vehicle to produce consistent performance, encouragement and feedback. For the same reasons, it’s also best to stick with one supervisor.
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The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.