Safer Driving Course
The journey to achieving a driver’s licence in NSW involves several steps, which means most drivers will have to wait a significantly before progressing to a full and unrestricted driving licence. For eligible drivers wishing to accelerate the process while also gaining valuable skills in low-risk defensive driving, the Safer Drivers Course may be a useful alternative. The NSW Government first launched the Safer Drivers Course in July 2013, as part of their review into the existing licensing system.
Who can take the course?
In NSW, learner drivers under 25 years must undertake at least 120 hours of supervised driving practice, including 20 hours of night driving, before they can move on to sitting for the Hazard Perception Test to receive a provisional (P1) licence. Learner drivers, under 25 years must also have held their licence for at least 12 month, at which point they would be allowed to sit the driving test for the P1 stage. They are then required to hold their P1 licence for at least 10 months before attempting the Hazard Perception Test. However, if you are under 25 years of age and have already completed 50 log book driving hours, not including any Instructors three to one bonus hours, you may be eligible to undertake the Safer Drivers Course at a cost of $140.00. This will enhance your safer driving skills and can provide you with a faster route to the next stage of your licence.
What are the benefits?
Unfortunately, drivers between 17-25 years old are more likely than others to be involved in a road crash or incident. For example, a 17 year old driver with a P1 license is eight times as likely to be in a fatal crash than a driver over the age of 26. In addition, 1/4 of all speeding drivers and riders involved in fatal crashes are males aged 17-25. Therefore all drivers in this age group, can benefit from the Safer Drivers Course. As it is designed to help teach essential safer driving strategies such as; speed management, correct gap selection, fatigue, how to build resilience to the impacts of peer pressure, hazard perception, driving at night, drugs/alcohol and general lifestyle pressures. Ultimately, drivers who complete the Safer Drivers course will be more prepared to drive unsupervised with their provisional licenses. Completing the Safer Drivers Course course gives you 20 hours of credit in your learner log book in only just 5 hours.
What does the course entail?
The course is made up of two modules. The first module is a three-hour facilitated group with 6 – 12 students. The second module consists of a two hours in-vehicle coaching session, with a licensed driving instructor and their vehicle, along with another learner from the course. Completing this course allows you to gain valuable theoretical information, then shows you how to put it into practise, which helps to lower the risk of an accidents.
For more information on the Safer Drivers Course; please feel free to contact us directly on 02 9715 1571 or book online at www.examinerdrivingschool.com.au/book-sdc.html