- Rather than just supervising you, or helping you pass the test, a qualified driver training instructor from the NRMA will teach low-risk driving to help you become a safe driver
- You can book a driver training lesson online at the NRMA or call 1300 696 762
Learning to drive is an exciting new skill. Here's our guide to choosing the right driving instructor.
Your mum or dad, or any other holder of a Class C unrestricted licence is legally allowed to supervise you while you’re learning to drive. However, any person who receives money or reward for doing so must hold a valid Driving Instructor’s Licence. This licence must be on display in the cabin of your driving instructor’s car at all times during your lessons.
A good driving instructor will offer much more than just the requisite licence, the appropriate insurance and a formal code of practice through the membership of the relevant association.
These are the seven qualities you should look for in a driving instructor.
7 qualities to look for in a good driving instructor
- They provide course guidelines and supporting educational materials. There should be a structured plan in place for each lesson, designed in consultation with you and your supervising driver.
- They offer a system for reporting progress. There should be a progress card that’s updated at the end of each lesson, to tell the you and your supervising driver how you are going along the path towards getting your licence.
- They teach safe or ‘low-risk’ driving. These behavioural-based programs focus on the underlying values, attitudes and thought processes that contribute to safer driving. In a practical sense, you’ll learn how to identify and mitigate against road hazards.
- They use the ‘Beyond Test Routes’ program. The notion of this program, developed by the Australian Driver Trainers Association, is that learner drivers should be taught safe driving practices rather than merely be coached to pass their driver licence test.
- They provide guidance to the learner’s supervising driver. Communication between the driving instructor and the supervising driver will ensure that good driving practices are cemented during practice driving, that the test competencies are instilled, and that the requirements of the log book are satisfied.
- They offer a choice of vehicle. A choice of either a manual or automatic transmission vehicles is a must, while a driving instructor with a dual-control vehicle makes you safer, particularly in the early phase of the journey towards getting your licence.
- They’re flexible with pick up and drop off points. Being able to comfortably schedule your learner driver lessons with study or work commitments will mean you’re relaxed and, as a result, more receptive to learning during your lesson.
Every driver training instructor at NRMA driver training possesses each of the qualities above.