FAQ's - Driving Lessons, Driving Instructors in Melbourne

Teaching any novice how to drive is a serious undertaking. You need to be sure that you have the teaching and driving skills, patience, empathy and in-depth knowledge of Australia’s highway law before you decide to undertake this responsibility.
The short answer is approximately 10-14 lessons for a total novice and less for learner drivers who already have some experience.
However, as with any skill, the amount of time it takes to learn varies from person to person according to their individual learning abilities, varying degrees of previous experience and specific needs. But one thing remains the same for everyone – it is one thing to learn a new driving skill and another to master it sufficiently so as to be pronounced competent. Practice is paramount. The minimum legally-required target is120 hours of logged practice time before a learner may sit the test. However, in some cases this may not be enough for every driver to fully learn all the skills they need. Always remember that much like a sport, driving is a combination of physical skills, co-ordination and judgement. Some people acquire these skills faster than others. The speed at which you personally learn is in no way a reflection of your academic or other capabilities. With Strive2Drive’s Behavioural Learning methodology our instructors will ensure that you learn to drive step by step progressively throughout your course, acquiring new competencies with each lesson until you have fully mastered all the skills you need. In other words, you set the pace of your own learning curve and will advance according to your own progress and at your own speed.
Each lesson lasts for 45 minutes and for novices this is usually enough for the first few classes when your driving will be limited to quieter streets. Later, once you have mastered the basic skills, we also offer double lessons of 90 minutes that will allow you to get a good period of practice in more complex and hazardous road conditions. Some people prefer the longer 90 minute lessons because they can learn more in a single class which is important if you have had to drive some distance to be able to experience the type of road conditions you need to practice in Regardless of their length, all lessons must be booked in advance and we politely request that you cancel any lessons with as much notice as possible so that our instructors can reschedule their time.

There are pros and cons to both methods of learning.

If you learn in an automatic car you will probably find it easier and will require fewer lessons since you won’t have to learn to coordinate gear changes or use the clutch pedal. Getting your automatic licence first is a very good way to build up your confidence because you can then go out and get valuable experience driving alone on Melbourne’s hectic roads. However, once you get your probationary automatic licence you will be restricted afterwards to driving only automatic cars in Victoria and will have to take a follow up test at a later date if you decide you want to upgrade your skills to driving a car with manual gear changes. If you decide to go ahead and learn to drive in a car with manual gear changes you will be able to drive both manual and automatic cars afterwards in any state in Australia so you will have more flexibility if ever you have to hire a car, or drive someone else’s car, for example. Ultimately, it’s your personal decision and depends on your unique set of circumstances.
All learner drivers are required by Vic Roads to keep a written record of the number of hours they spend practicing driving, the types of roads where they practice and the name of the licensed driver who accompanies them. All this information has to be written in the Learner Log book. Our instructors at Strive2Drive will explain in more detail how to keep these records at the end of your first lesson.