Driving As A New Learner: What Are The Basics You Should Know?

When you are learning how to drive in Sydney, one of the processes you will need to go through is supervised driving. After having successfully completed a theory examination, you will be given a learner’s permit that allows you to practise driving in the presence of a licensed driver. It’s important that you understand what you need to do during this point in your learning, so that you can then avoid having the learner’s permit revoked. It might seem like too much, but understanding the legal issues associated with driving as a learner would be a good idea to avoid getting in trouble.

Your supervisor


When you have a learner’s permit, you will only be allowed to drive in the company of someone who has a full driving license. It’s important that you try to identify someone you can trust to play this role. For instance, you could ask one of your family members to play this role. Most people usually look for driving instructors to help them learn how to drive.

In many cases, choosing the person you will be driving with will affect how easy it is for you to learn how to drive. Typically, people who are patient and willing to teach are better at this role.

You don’t need to use the same supervisor throughout. For instance, if you usually drive with your dad and they end up not being available, you could ask another family member to play this role. The only thing you need to keep in mind is making sure that they are licensed drivers, so that both of you don’t get into trouble with the law.

The L plates

The car you will be using as a learner should be marked with L plates. There are many people who find them to be embarrassing, and opt not to put them up. However, having the plates up will alert other people to the fact that you are a learner. They will therefore be more likely to treat you as such. For instance, most drivers will be patient with you when trying to complete complex manoeuvres such as flush parking.

The issue of alcohol

Alcohol and driving are incompatible. This is because alcohol has the effect of slowing your reactions and making you less restrained. This means that you may be prone to performing risky activities such as speeding, and less likely to react in time to dangers. For this reason, you should only drive when you are sober. The law stipulates that learners will only be allowed to drive if they have a blood alcohol level of 0%. This means that even if you take some alcohol in a quantity that is not enough to make you sober, you should still avoid driving.

Your supervisor, on the other hand, is restricted to a blood alcohol level of less than 0.05% when they are supervising you. They are also not allowed to consume any alcohol when doing the supervision. Of course, being older and more experienced drivers, there may come a time when you find that your driving supervisor has potentially broken these rules. The fact that doing so could spell trouble for both you and them means that you should always try to avoid such scenarios. If possible, you could pick someone else to supervise you when learning how to drive.

The technical restrictions that apply to you

There are a number of restrictions that apply to people who are learning how to drive, and sometimes to the other drivers as well. For instance, you will not be allowed to use any communication device such as a cell phone when driving. It’s also advisable to avoid hands free kits at this point as well, so that you can keep focusing on your driving. Once you are confident and have gained some experience after getting your license, then you should use the hands free kit if you absolutely need to take calls when driving.

You will also not be allowed to pull trailers when you are learning how to drive. This is usually a very technical form of driving, and you might even need to go for an advanced driving course once you get your license if you intend to pull trailers regularly.

Lastly, you should always make sure that you only drive off once you have confirmed that you have all your documentation. This includes some form of ID as well as a learner’s permit. Driving without a permit is a particularly serious offence, and you may dash your hopes of having to do the test if you are caught doing this. Besides, picking up this habit at this point is a good idea.

How long will you be a learner?

In most Australian states, you will need to hold the learner’s license for a minimum of 12 months and log 120 hours of practical driving before being allowed to take the test. You should use this opportunity to perfect your driving skill, since it will determine the type of driver you will turn out to be in your lifetime!

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