Do you meet the requirements of a good Supervisor?
A Supervisor can be anyone who:
- Has held an open licence for at least 1 year for the class of vehicle you are teaching the learner to drive - your class can be found on your licence. Manual car (C) or automatic car (CA)
- DOES NOT hold a probationary or restricted licence
- DOES NOT have a suspended, cancelled or expired licence.
You should NOT teach a learner if:
- You lack confidence or are not sure how to teach your learner
- An accredited driving instructor can point you in the right direction. Check out keys2drive for a combined learner and supervisor driving lesson that is absolutely free!
- You are not sure what skills you should be teaching your learner, or how to plan a lesson
- You can start by looking at planning and structuring a driving lesson. To find a driving instructor, view our RACQ approved driving schools list.
You should revise your road rules knowledge and practical skills if:
You have not reviewed the current Queensland road rules in the last 2 years - You can test yourself with the RACQ Free2Go online practice test. Updated road rules can be found from in the Your Keys to Driving in Queensland booklet.
You have not had a practical driving test in the last 2 years - If not, then view the Learn2Go Practical Driving Skills videos which include in-car check sheets to assist you with basic instructions for completing specific manoeuvres.
Will you be a good role model?
Your learner driver may have developed driving behaviours from you long before they have even sat behind the wheel.
Remember that driving lessons do not stop just because the learner is no longer the one driving. The learner will be watching and listening to everything you do when they’re in the car with you, so make sure you are displaying positive driving behaviours at all times.
Understanding your learner’s abilities:
Listen to your learner and encourage them to ask questions - This will ensure that you can completely understand their level of comfort when driving.
Encourage the learner to verbalise their thoughts and actions whilst driving - This will assist your understanding of the learner’s decision making and hazard perception.
Listen for the types of conditions the learner is focusing on, such as traffic, travelling distances etc - This will help you gauge how good their planning skills are in response to these conditions. Use this information to help you when planning future lessons.
Maximising your lesson time:
Give the learner enough opportunity to develop their driving skills in a variety of driving conditions - This is the purpose of the 100 hours logbook requirement.
DO NOT perform the same drive every lesson - Constantly change driving routes so your learner has experience in different driving environments. They can drive to and from school/work as long as you do more challenging weekend.
When they are ready, expand your driving lesson to more complex conditions - Increased levels of traffic, wet weather and night time driving conditions for example.
Helpful hints for logging hours:
- The Learner needs to hold their licence for a minimum of 12 months
- Build into your natural routine at least 2 hours worth of practical driving in each week - this way by the time they have 100 hours experience they will be legally allowed to take their driving test
- The “logbook time” for the first 10 hours with a driving instructor is equal to 30 standard logbook hours
- School holidays and weekends offer the opportunity for extended driving practice
- Always review each lesson and outline improvements for the next session
- Keep lessons interesting by varying locations, traffic conditions, and even practice vehicle if possible.