Supervisors put to the test

Who’s the best supervisor – mum, dad or your driving school instructor?

If you had to pick a supervisor, who would it be?

Is mum a stress-head when supervising you? Does dad pay attention when supervising? Or are they both has bad as each other? 

RACQ’s Young Driver Survey revealed that 88% of learner drivers were supervised by mum or dad, however most of them admitted their driving instructor was better at it.

To make the learning to drive process easier and less stressful for both parties, the Queensland Government offers a free Keys2Drive lesson.

The one-hour Keys2Drive driving lesson is run by an accredited school instructor and is specifically designed to help you and your parents/supervisors log the 100 hours safely.

Teaching someone how to drive isn’t an easy task, especially if you have never done it before. Keys2Drive can help your parents/supervisors refresh the road rule knowledge and driving skills before they teach you. The last thing you want is for them to teach you bad habits.

RACQ Education Coaching and Development Specialist Melissa Johnson said the more meaningful the learner experience is the more protected a young person will be on their P’s.

Free2Go strongly encourages all learners to utilise their Keys2Drive lesson with whomever is likely to be their main supervisor,” Mrs Johnson said.

“It really flips the way many of us have been taught how to drive on its head.

“Ultimately, it encourages P-plate experiences whilst someone is still on their L’s, they still have the safety net of someone sitting beside them.

“The most effect long-term method to reduce young, novice driver crash risk is to gain more on-road driving experience.”

Register with Keys2Drive to get started.

RACQ DriverIQ encourages learner drivers to:

  1. HALT before a lesson. If either the learner or supervisor is hungry, angry, lost (head isn’t in the game) or tired these issues need to be addressed.
  2. Change the conversation to encourage self-supervision, self-instruction and self-assessment by the learner rather than lots of ‘tell’ moments from the instructor/supervisor.
  3. Tackle the complex task of learning to drive one small piece at a time and gradually increasing complexity and difficulty.
  4. Ensure a varied experience including different routes, weather, roads, amounts of traffic, times of the day, distractions are practiced.