JANUARY 12, 2015

Tips & resources for young and new drivers : VicRoads

There are great resources to help young and new people become safe drivers.

The main things to remember are as follows.

  • Prepare well by getting at least 120 hours of accompanied on-road experience, including during wet weather and at night, before applying for your licence.
  • Choose a safe car.
  • Try to minimise distractions by not driving with friends, or with your mobile phone turned on (even if it is hands-free).
  • Avoid driving at night unless essential or you are accompanied by a driver with several years experience.
  • Avoid driving during the time you would normally be asleep or if you haven�t slept in the last 18 hours.
  • Increase space and following distances. Don�t tailgate � aim to keep a minimum 2 second gap from the vehicle in front.
  • Never exceed the speed limit. It takes longer to stop than you might think. Practice slowing down as the first reaction to a potential hazardous situation.
  • Do not drive after drinking or taking drugs.
  • Anticipate! Continue to develop your hazard recognition skills.
  • Always ensure you and all of your passengers are wearing a seat belt.
  • Attend a Keys Please session.
Driver handbooks

There are several handbooks available to young and new drivers and their supervisors which help them with the learning to drive process. These can be found under the publications and forms section of the VicRoads website.

Resources for young and new drivers
L site

L site (External link) is the learner driver�s online resource, contains hints, information and quizzes to test your progress online.

The practice learner permit test

The practice learner permit test allows you to practise your permit test as many times as you want. It uses actual questions from the permit test. When you can pass the practice test every time you do it, and you�re comfortable with the information in the Road to Solo Driving handbook, then you will be ready to apply to us for your real permit test.

The Learner Kit, given to all new drivers, is a step-by-step guide for learner drivers and supervising drivers. It provides:

  • A plan for learners to develop safe driving skills over a sustained period of time.
  • The Learner Log Book.
  • Advice on how to make the most of practice sessions.
  • A Guide for Supervising Drivers.

The Road to Solo Driving handbook provides information for learner drivers including the main road rules, sample questions that people can expect in the licence test and hints for safe driving. You can view this booklet on the new driver handbooks page.