Sep 24 2014
Learner Drivers on your Novated Lease
Receiving your drivers license is often thought to be one of the most significant milestones, as it’s a step towards adulthood, responsibility, and perhaps even freedom (to go to work, visiting a friend’s house etc) but when it comes to driving a car and navigating traffic, learner drivers and parents are usually unsure of what is the best way to learn these crucial skills.
Statistically, learner drivers rarely have crashes, however probationary drivers face a much higher risk of being involved in a crash. Probationary drivers are three times more likely than experienced drivers to be involved in a crash in their first year of driving. The greatest risk is in the first few months. As parents or supervisors, the more time you spend helping your learner driver practice, the more likely they are not suffer serious injury on our roads.
Below is some helpful advice coming from learner drivers, parents and the TAC.
Before you drive:
Even though learner drivers had to pass a written theory test, double-check that they know the road rules before you get on the road. Who gives way at a T-junction when there is no signage?
Double-check that they know which pedal does what. It may seem pointless, but this could mean the difference between life and death when you are on the road.
Warn them about the driving behaviour they will encounter. Learners can panic when other drivers don’t indicate or tailgate their vehicle.
Planning the drive:
The key to reducing P plater crashes is to increase driving experience before they become an independent driver. That is why your time can make a real difference, so make sure you allow time to supervise your learner driver.
Plan driving practice into your regular schedule such as pick ups from school, the shopping, driving to sporting events or your usual weekend routine.
Build up to driving in varying conditions. Start slowly. Look for either quiet roads like industrial areas on a weekend, or go over routes you know during quiet times. Then proceed to longer trips, busier roads and various weather conditions.
Also plan what to do if the driver panics. Teach them how to properly pull over the car so that the you can change seats. Show them the hazard lights. A number of new drivers surprisingly don’t know where it is and what it is for.
Now that the new driver is finally in the driver’s seat, it can be a daunting and confronting time that can give anyone nerves, making it a difficult time for the new driver and the supervisor. Have clear communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and be as understanding and patient as possible. They are learning after all. Be positive and not critical, provide information and ask for feedback.