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Top 5 tips for teaching learner drivers

Last updated on April 21, 2022

Teaching a learner driver is a rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful.

Taking the time to understand the rules can give your student the best chance of becoming a skilled driver, and teach them safe driving habits for the future. In this article, we highlight five important things you need to know when teaching learner drivers, such as car insurance, driving skills, and car safety.

Before you hit the road it’s important to check that you have the right car insurance for learner drivers. If you’re unsure whether your situation is covered, you should read your insurer’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). For existing Allianz customers, if you have an Allianz Comprehensive Car Insurance policy, your learner driver is covered when driving supervised by a person who is fully licenced. For more information, you can read the Allianz Car Insurance PDS  .

Remember, Compulsory Third Party Insurance (CTP) only covers for injury you cause to another person. It doesn't provide cover for any damage you cause to other people's cars or property while using your car. You’ll need a comprehensive car insurance policy to maintain cover for damage to your own vehicle or damage caused to any other vehicles or property while teaching a learner driver.

If you’re teaching an under-25 driver and planning to allow them to use your car once they’re licensed to drive on their own, don’t forget to also review the excesses applicable on your policy. Although listing under-25 drivers may reduce the Under 25 Driver excess, it's also likely to increase your premium. The Under 25 Driver excess does not apply in the case of a learner driver though.

Learner drivers face strict regulations, designed to keep them safe while learning their skills. These differ depending on your state and territory, but usually include:

  • Supervision at all times by the holder of a full Australian driver’s license
  • Clearly displayed L plates
  • A maximum speed limit of 90 or 100 km/h (depending on your state or territory)
  • A zero-alcohol limit
  • No use of mobile phones (even hands free) while driving.

Breaking these rules can mean penalties for both you and the learner driver.

Road rules and driving skill requirements are constantly changing. Teaching your learner driver outdated rules can be a quick way for them to fail their driving test.

Road rules vary between state and territory, so check the rules in your location. Most states will provide learner drivers with a handbook detailing common road rules.

It’s also worth checking which driving skills are likely to be in the test. Look for a driving skills test checklist for your state or territory and practice the requirements. If you’re not sure how to teach driving skills or if your technique is a little rusty, take a professional lesson yourself before you start.

When covering new skills, introduce them gradually from a beginner level. Make sure your learner driver has mastered the basics before moving on to advanced skills such as overtaking, parallel parking, and complex navigation challenges.

If you’re looking for help with teaching a learner driver, here are some of our favourite resources with great tips and advice:

  •  Keys2drive: a government funded program with great teaching and troubleshooting advice
  • Victoria Roads’ Learner kit (PDF, 64MB): great tips for supervisors and learners alike
  • Transport WA’s
    Drive Safe Handbook
    : useful advice for staying safe on the road
  •  Mylicense.sa.gov.au: step by step advice for the first and second lesson

Keeping your car in good condition throughout the learning process will help drivers pick up safe habits for the future. This includes showing your learner driver basic maintenance techniques such as correctly inflating tyres and checking fluid levels.

Before you start teaching a learner driver, it’s a good idea to take your car for a safety check at your local mechanic. Learner drivers may not know how to react if something goes wrong with your car, and so it’s best to reduce the chance of this happening.

Teaching not only requires time and knowledge, but also great communication. Check in with your learner driver often to see how they are feeling on the road. This will help them feel more confident, and allow you to adjust your driving time to target any weaknesses or problems they may be having.

Next stop, driving test!

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