Learning to drive
The first step to take before learning to drive or ride a car or motorbike on a road is to get a learner licence for that class of vehicle.
Note: To be eligible for a motorbike (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 motorbikes)
- 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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