Are you under the age of 25 with a learner’s licence and struggling to gain confidence on the road? Then the Safer Drivers Course may give you the boost you need. You’ll become a successful driver and you’ll be able to prevent and avoid unnecessary road accidents.
The course will teach you how to be a safer driver and how to anticipate risks and hazards while you drive. You’ll be taught how to be alert and to deal with all kinds of situations on the road. The Safer Drivers Course includes in-class activities and practical car coaching sessions that’ll give you the required confidence to help you make informed decisions in potentially dangerous situations.
- Your learner’s licence MUST be from New South Wales (NSW)
- You must be younger than 25 and have completed at least 50 real driving hours
- The fee is $140 and must be paid before you attend the first module. The NSW Transport department subsidises the value of the course.
The course has two modules and works together with the NSW learner logbook. There are three hours of theory and then two hours of practical sessions on the road.
This is a group discussion involving 10 to 12 learner drivers and a facilitator. Videos and activities keep this session interesting and fresh. The focus is on strategies for safer driving and how to change your behaviour to achieve this.
Here we get to the exciting stuff – the practical training consists of a two-hour coaching session with a driving instructor and two learner drivers in the car. Each learner driver will get plenty of opportunities to practice on a set route. You’ll practice responding to hazards, stationary low-risk driving, and more.
After completing the course, you’ll have an enhanced understanding of many aspects of safer driving skills. You’ll understand safe following distances, gap selection, and speed management. What’s more, is that you’ll be able to identify hazards and how to reduce the risk of crashing.
As a bonus, you’ll get 20 hours of credit for your logbook, and you‘ll only have to do 100 hours of supervised driving after completing the course.
If you meet the following requirements, you may qualify for full sponsorship by the NSW Government.
- You have an NSW learner’s licence and you’re under the age of 25
- You’ve completed on-road driving of up to 50 logbook hours, including night driving
- You have a healthcare card or concession card for pensioners, which was issued by the Department of Human Services
- You must be in OOHC (out-of-home care) or have been in it previously
- You’re able to present a copy of your supporting documents, including your concession card
It’s essential to realise that the Safer Drivers Course isn’t a driving lesson. You already need to have good control of your car before embarking on this advanced course. The main aim of this course is to teach you how to identify hazards and respond appropriately. By following this course you’ll be cutting down car crashes on NSW roads.