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Learning to drive

The first step to take before learning to drive or ride a car or motorcycle on a road is to get a learner licence for that class of vehicle.

Note: To be eligible for a motorcycle (class RE) learner licence, you must have held a provisional, P1, P2 or open car (class C) licence for at least 1 year in the last 5 years.

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Step 1 – before you get behind the wheel

Make sure you:

Who should I drive with?

You must only drive or ride while supervised by a person who holds and has held a current open licence for the class of vehicle you are learning to drive for at least 1 year.

If you are under 25 and learning to drive a car, make sure you record your driving experience in your learner logbook.

Step 2 – hitting the road

When learning to drive or ride, you must:

  • clearly display L-plates at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles)
  • carry your learner licence with you and show it to a police officer when asked to do so
  • obey any conditions stated on your learner licence
  • not drive under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs
  • not use a mobile phone. Passengers and supervisors are also restricted from using a mobile phone in loudspeaker mode while the car is being driven
  • obey the zero alcohol limit (0.00).

Safe driving tips

  • Familiarise yourself with the basic controls. Make sure you have passed the checklist for car controls.
  • Take the time to adjust to different vehicles – some may have power steering, different brakes or mirrors.
  • Avoid getting behind the wheel when your mind is not on the driving task.
  • If you become tired while driving or riding, stop for a break.
  • Try not to turn the radio on as it may distract you and your supervisor.
  • Always allow extra time for travelling so you don't have to rush.
  • Keep left unless overtaking.
  • Remember to be considerate of other road users and how your driving or riding affects them.

The RACQ has developed maps for learner drivers* to ensure they gain a range of experience while learning to drive. By following the routes on these maps you will practice different skills and experience a variety of driving situations.

Step 3 – practice

More driving experience will improve your chance of passing your practical driving test on your first attempt.

Safe driving tips

  • Weekly practice in a variety of situations is important in developing good driving skills.
  • Make every effort to drive in different conditions – in the dry, in the wet, during peak hour, at dusk and at night.
  • Always plan regular two-hourly breaks on a long journey.
  • Drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions.
  • Don't drive if you are tired or have been drinking.

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Last updated
23 February 2014