Safer Drivers Course
The safer drivers course was first introduced by the Roads and Maritime services in 2013 to help reduce the number of fatal crashes involving drivers aged under 25. Crash statistics show that drivers aged 17 to 25 are the most at risk of being involved in a fatal crash.
The safer driver course teaches you how to identify and manage the various risk factors that contribute to fatal accidents. The course provides an interactive learning program specifically designed to provoke group discussions and involve the participants in a fun and engaging manner.
Safer Drivers Course Module 1
Is an engaging three hour group discussion with other learner drivers in a class room. Learn how to identify hazards, high risk behaviours and how you can manage these situations. Under the guidance of a trained facilitator you will cover many topics including
- Hazard perception
- Safe following distances
- How driver behaviour can increase the risk of a crash
- How to reduce the risks of these behaviours
Safer Drivers Course Module 2
This is a practical two hour learning session in a vehicle with a qualified driving instructor and another learner. This module allows students to “put into practice” what they learned in the classroom in module one as well as learning more about applying safer driving techniques.
Should I do the Safer Drivers Course?
This course is a great introduction to the risk factors involved in motor vehicle accidents. It will provide you with the knowledge and tools to help you minimise these risks and become a safer driver. Module one covers safe following distances, crash avoidance spaces, gap selection and hazard awareness. Module 2 puts all this theory based learning into practice. This will give you a better understanding as to why these factors are crucial when driving.
How much does the Safer Drivers Course cost?
The cost is $140 is set by the Roads and Maritime Services.
Are there any prerequisites?
Yes. To be able to attend the course, you must be a learner driver who has completed 50 log book hours of actual on-road driving. This does not include any extra hours accrued in through the 3 for 1 structured professional driving lesson program
John Fitzpatrick is a Module 1 Facilitator and a Module 2 Coach for the