Becoming a confident, skilled driver takes time and plenty of experience. If you are supervising someone while they build up practice hours in their logbook, you’ve got an important role to play.
Follow these tips
- 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.
- 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.
- Do your homework. Understand and reinforce the correct driving techniques taught by the driving school.
- As they gain experience, introduce 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 licence.
- 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.
- Don’t do it all yourself. The learner driver should have at least three lessons with a recognised driving school, to learn proper driving skills, attitudes and behaviours.*
And remember, your role should decrease as the learner’s skills increase.
RACQ has a range of tools to support you as a Supervisor
RACQ recognises the importance of giving supervisors the support they need to provide young drivers with advice and practical skills. As a supervisor, you are about to play an important role in their life. As a supervisor you should be a safe, experienced and competent driver and be up to date with current Queensland road rules.
You must have held an open licence for at least one year for the class of vehicle you are teaching your learner to drive i.e. manual or automatic. This online logbook can be used as a record that the learner has completed the mandatory 100 hours driving experience including at least 10 hours night driving experience. As a supervisor, you are responsible for approving each drive entry a learner completes with you.
Supervising Driver Handbook
We recommend that all learners and supervisors 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, and other helpful tips.
*The Queensland Government allows each hour (up to a max. 10 hours) of supervised on-road driving experience with an accredited driver trainer to count as three hours in a logbook. So 10 hours with an accredited trainer counts as 30 hours supervised on-road driving in a logbook.
Register as a supervisor
Free2Go is RACQ’s youth program designed to help you get your licence, stay safe on the road and start your journey as a driver in Queensland.