The NSW Safer Drivers course was designed with learner drivers in mind. It’s viewed as an essential government public service from which everyone can benefit. So invite your friends, get ready to learn some strategies for better driving, and earn 20 logbook hours.
What is the Safer Drivers Course?
The safer drivers course is a course with both theory and practical elements. It’s aimed at preparing learner drivers to tackle driving risks, practice safe driving techniques, and make the right decisions while driving. The course is educational and exciting. The RMS approves all selected driving schools to provide the course in NSW for learner drivers.
Safer Drivers Course Requirements
To qualify, you must be under 25 years old. Research shows that drivers under 25 years old are at higher risk of a severe accident. The Safer Drivers course aims to lower the risk by teaching equipping younger drivers the skills to safely drive, follow the rules, and anticipate any potentially hazardous situations.
In addition to being under 25, you must also have completed your learners’ license and have completed a minimum of 50 logbook hours, excluding the 3 for 1 bonus hours. If you meet the requirements, you go to the online booking system or contact a team member on (02) 8748 4500. The team members are amicable and helpful, so don’t hesitate.
The course works perfectly with the NSW learner logbook system. There are two modules in the course. The first module is theory-focussed, and the second is practical-based. Let’s break it down further:
During the first module, there are interactive peer group discussions that will encourage learners to take on safer driving behaviors. Group sessions are facilitated by trainers who are passionate about teaching. The trainers point learners towards safer driving strategies and teach them how to minimize their risk in the driver’s seat. Some of the topics for discussion include hazard and speed management, external and internal influences following distance and gap selection. There are typically 6-12 participants, and it lasts for three hours.
Once the theory is down, you’re ready to practice what you preach. So buckle up for a two-hour coaching session on the road. There are two learner drivers and one driver coach. The coach will instruct learners on how to avoid common crash types on NSW roads. Each participant gets several chances to drive on set routes. These routes show you how to respond to hazards, check your compass, and so much more.
Safer Drivers Course Benefits
- Gain an understanding of how to reduce crash risk
- Learn how to drive in challenging contexts such as night time driving
- 20 logbook hours
- Become a safe P-plate driver
- Learn firsthand from experienced drivers
- Understand low-risk driving techniques
Where is the Course Offered?
The Safer Drivers Course is offered across the Sydney region in Bondi Junction and Brookvale and across Regional NSW in Albury and Ballina. It’s offered on more than 30 different sites. For a full list, check out their website or contact a team member to determine if it’s available near you.
Is it safe during the pandemic?
All venues have COVID safe plans and are following hygiene protocols.
Who is the course provider?
It’s accredited by Transport for NSW.
What do I get after the course?
You get 20 logbook hours.
Does the course replace driving lessons?
No. The lessons are not on car control but more advanced driving skills.