Learning to Drive

What is the Safer Drivers Course?

In July 2013 the NSW Government introduced the Safer Drivers Course. Specifically designed to help young learner drivers under the age of 25 become safer drivers.

The course does this by helping learner drivers identify road risks and improve their ability to prevent motor vehicle accidents. We will take a closer look at the course to better understand it’s value to learner drivers and get a better understanding of what is in the Safer Drivers Course.

Introduction to the Safer Drivers Course

Designed by road safety experts for learner drivers who have not driven solo before. Considered by road safety experts to be the best course of it’s kind in the country.

The course develops your ability to drive safely by teaching you how to minimize road risks and apply safe driving techniques. By identifying common crash types and the contributing factors to those crashes learner drivers develop a better understanding of how to minimize their chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

When developing the course road safety experts looked at the contributing factors for motor vehicle accidents involving younger drivers. They identified a number of risks factors that younger drivers were not being taught by their supervising drivers. By focusing on these risk factors learner drivers develop a better understanding of safe driving techniques and become safer drivers when they complete this course.  Some of the risk factors covered in the course include speed management, hazard perception, gap selection and crash avoidance spaces.

Who can do the course?

To be eligible to do this course you must be a learner driver who:

  •  Is under 25 years old.
  • Hold’s a valid learner license
  • Have 50 log book hours of actual on road driving. This excludes any bonus hours received under the graduated licensing program.

What happens in the safer drivers course

The safer driver course has 2 modules.

Module 1 Theory

Is an engaging 3 hour interactive group discussion. Conducted by a trained facilitator in an informal environment. Learners have the opportunity to engage in meaningful peer group discussions. Designed to help you identify and develop safe driving strategies. Every learner comes away with greater knowledge and a better understanding of key road safety strategies.

Module 2 Practical in car drive

Module 2 allows you to put into practice concepts learnt in module 1. Under the guidance of a qualified driving instructor you learn how to apply low risk driving strategies. Your trainer shows you how to identify on road risks and more importantly how to manage those risks.

What is the Safer Drivers Course

Choosing the right Driving School

Whilst this course was introduced by the NSW state government it does not actually conduct the courses. Instead Transport for NSW have approved a number of providers to conduct the courses on their behalf.

At Learn to Drive we provide driving lessons in many suburbs of greater Western Sydney and the Lower Blue Mountains. This means you can also follow up the safer driver course with driving lessons to ensure you develop safe driving habits.

During the safer driver course you will be exposed to many new concepts and strategies to help you become a safer driver. By doing the course with local driving instructors you will learn how to apply safe driving skills under local conditions.

Free Safer Driver Course

Each year, the NSW state government sets aside 1,000 places for disadvantage families to access this course. This helps disadvantaged learner drivers to access the benefits of completing the course. Many disadvantaged learner drivers struggle to complete the 120 log book hour requirement for the provisional driving test. This is a great way for learner drivers to get an extra 20 log book hours and improve their road safety skills.

For you to qualify for one of the FREE courses, you must:

  • Hold a current NSW learner drivers licence
  • Be under 25 years old
  • Have at least 50 log book hours of actual on road driving (excluding and 3-for-1 bonus hours).
  • Hold a current Department of Human Services issued Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card or
  • Be previously or currently in Out of Home Care (OOHC)