Learn to Drive
Jumping behind the wheel of a car when you first get your licence can seem daunting at first, which is why we recommend that learner drivers book a lesson as soon as they get their learner’s permit. Our instructors are fully trained and accustomed to working with drivers of all skill levels, not to mention our vehicles are fitted with dual brakes (which helps).
Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons so that they are fully aware of the content that we teach, which will help keep the learning consistent as the learner develops. This also ensures that any bad habits that a parent may have won’t get picked up by the learner (and also help the parent to improve too).
Your First Lesson – What to Bring?
For your first driving lesson you should bring;
- Valid driver’s licence
- Driver’s companion document – so we can fill in your driving hours log. Especially important if you intend to go through the CBT&A assessment process.
- Suitable driving shoes – NOT thongs – typically shoes that are enclosed and don’t fall off when you walk are suitable; and
- Lesson fee – cash is the easiest form of payment, but if you can’t arrange this then we do have other options. Just ask us prior to your lesson.
Any questions you have about your driving lesson your instructor will be happy to answer during your first lesson.
Getting Your Licence – South Australia
South Australia uses a Graduated Licensing System (GLS) that requires you to prove you are ready to graduate between licensing levels, whilst meeting minimum age, skill, experience and comprehension requirements. Beginning with a Learners Permit that entitles you to drive with an experienced driver; your skills, experience, judgement and road law knowledge will increase until you are eligible to apply for the next level of licensing, Provisional level 1 licence (P1).
From P1’s you are entitled to drive alone, under a set of restricted rules that reduce the risks for young drivers. As your experience builds, you can graduate to Provisional level 2 (P2) licence which entitles you to drive under a less restricted set of rules, until you are eligible to graduate to your full, unrestricted licence.
Graduating through this process allows you to gain crucial experience and expand your understanding of the complexity of driving on the road, while reducing your exposure to risk in the most vulnerable period of your driving career. The theory of the GLS has been proven many times around the world as the best system for licensing young drivers.
Learner Conditions and Laws
You are only allowed to drive the class of vehicle stated on the Learner’s Permit under the following conditions:
- You must not drive a motor vehicle unless accompanied by a Qualified Supervising Driver.
- You must not drive a motor vehicle or attempt to put a motor vehicle in motion when there is any concentration of alcohol in your blood or the presence of THC (Cannabis), Methylamphetamine (Speed) or MDMA (Ecstasy) in your blood or oral fluid.
- If you commit a speeding offence, you will also commit a breach of your learner’s permit conditions if you exceed the speed limit by 10 km/h or more.
The following laws also specifically apply to learner permit holders:
- You must display the prescribed L plates so that they are clearly visible from the front and rear of the vehicle.
- You must carry your current Learner’s Permit at all times whilst driving.
- You must not exceed 100 km/h at any time.
If you do not comply with these laws you may be fined and incur demerit points.
Learner’s Permit Disqualification
If you do not comply with the above conditions or accumulate 4 or more demerit points you may be fined and disqualified from driving for six months and have your permit cancelled.
Disqualification will result in you having to pass the Theory Test again and holding a learner’s permit for a total of 15 months if under the age of 25, or 9 months if aged 25 or over.