Parents and carers of learner drivers

Parents and carers can make a big difference to their learner driver's safety and their driving safety once licensed.

The current Victorian Graduated Licensing System (GLS) was introduced to help improve the road safety of learner and new drivers. Click here to watch a short, animated video about Victoria's GLS.

One of the key features of the GLS is that learners under the age of 21 when applying for a licence must log 120 hours of supervised driving experience, in the VicRoads Learner Log Book.

Lessons from the Road is an online resource to help parents fulfil their vital role as supervisors of learner drivers. The resource features an online mentor who guides the supervising driver through eight videos. It is easy to use and can be accessed anywhere and anytime.

Further tips for supporting young people to be safer drivers:

Encourage your child to get his/her learner permit

Encourage children to get their learner permit when turning 16 or soon after. The longer they hold their learner permit, the more practice they will get. Gaining lots of supervised on-road experience and practising key safe driving behaviours can help to reduce young people's crash risk once licensed.

The Road to Solo Driving Handbook helps young people study for their learner permit. It contains important road safety and road law information that will prepare young people for safe driving.

The online practice learner permit test allows the learner permit applicant to practice the learner permit test. It uses actual questions from the learner permit test.

Help learner drivers to get plenty of practice

The best thing that supervising drivers can do is give learners lots of on-road experience, following the four stages of learning to drive as outlined in the Learner Kit.

Learner drivers aged under 21 years must complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving experience (including at least 10 hours at night) before they can take the licence test. Learner permit holders must have an experienced driver seated beside them at all times while driving.

The Learner Kit, given to all new drivers when they get their Ls, is a step-by-step guide for learner drivers and supervising drivers. It contains:

  • Guide for Learners
  • Learner Log Book
  • Guide for Supervising Drivers

The Learner Kit outlines the four stages of learning how to drive.

Work with your learner, using the Guide for Learners to reach all the goals in each of the four stages. Your role as supervisor will change with each stage.

Keys Please is a free session for learner drivers or soon-to-be learner drivers in schools. The session shows participants how to get maximum benefit from the learner period and become a responsible and safe driver. Although Keys Please sessions are held during the day, parents and carers are still welcome to attend.

VicRoads recommends working with driving instructors as required. Most learners have some professional driving lessons and rely on their supervising driver for most of their practice. The RACV Drive School can provide driving instructors across all metropolitan Melbourne and some regional areas.

The L Site is an online resource for learners and parents which contains hints, information and quizzes in relation to learning to drive.

The VicRoads L2P - Learner Driver Mentor Program assists learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

Passing the Licence Test

To get a probationary licence, two tests must be passed: the Hazard Perception Test and the Drive Test.

05 Feb 2016