Getting The Most From Your Learner Driver Training
April 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Your learner driver training is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It represents a step towards independence as you go from passenger to driver. There's a chance for you to finally get in behind the wheel, and take control of a vehicle. Yes, it is exciting. But it's also very important. As a driver, you have many responsibilities – to yourself, your passengers and to all those you share the road with. Enjoy the journey as you learn to drive – but please try and learn as much as you can while you go about it.
The best way to do that is to learn from the best. A fully qualified driving instructor represents your best chance of receiving a comprehensive driver education, that will see you enjoy test success and a lifetime of safe motoring. Of course, we would suggest professional tuition – that's what we do! But look at the statistics and you'll see why we urge you to use a driving academy as part of your learner driver training.
The Stats Don't Lie
Male drivers in the 15-19 year age group are about nine times more likely to crash than male drivers in the 55-59 age group. Female drivers aged 15-19 are seven times more likely to crash than female drivers aged 55-59. in 2011, drivers aged 15-24 were involved in 80 fatal crashes, with primary responsibility for 71 of them. It's plain that as a young driver, you are at risk. And just as obvious that you need to learn as much as you can to avoid becoming a statistic. Learn to drive well, don't be a statistic!
First Things First
The first thing you should do upon receiving your learner's permit is to call a driving school. There is probably an expectation that a family member of friend will offer to supervise you as you practice your driving. That's an offer you should take up...BUT only after you've received some professional tuition. By taking a few lessons with a qualified instructor, you'll immediately be armed with test-passing and life-saving skills. Once you have learnt these things, you can put them into practice with a fully licences driver beside you. That driver is your supervisor, not your teacher. Focus only on what your driving instructor teaches you because they know what's best.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Lessons from a qualified driving instructor are a great way to begin your learner driver training. These lessons should be followed up with supervised practice, and plenty of it. At least 120 hours of practice is recommended by the New Zealand Transport Agency (link http://www.nzta.govt.nz/about/contact/)as you look towards your restricted licence test. Of course, you don't have to have a driving instructor beside you for all of those hours. A fully licensed family member or friend can supervise at this point but remember...focus on what your driving instructor has taught you and politely ignore well-meaning but dodgy advice from anyone else!
Learner driver training is about learning to be a safer driver, and that's a lifelong skill for a long, long life!