How to support your new solo P Plater

Written by Andrew Coates

The scariest time in a Parent’s life is the day they wave their brand new P Plater out of the driveway as the excited P Plater embarks on their first independent drive.  If parents felt vulnerable throughout the 100 hour logbook process with only a handbrake and a loud voice to keep both of them safe … Now they have to entrust those hours of practice and lessons learned to their excited P Plater, in that they will come home in one piece. 

As a driving instructor having conducted thousands of driving tests, this is a common conversation I have with Mum or Dad on the day they pass their practical driving test.  Also as the first trainer on the Gold Coast offering the national government funded program keys2drive, I have been remind parents for the last 7 years that a P Plater is more likely than not to have a crash in the first 6 months of solo driving.  What we promote in this free driving lesson is that to hold the good habits you have taken on in those 100 hours is simply a “conscious choice” to continue using them in those first 6 months of ‘independence’.  Young drivers are more likely to maintain good driving habits and less likely to crash by maintaining a “mindful’ approach to their driving during this period.


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Parenting plan for driving with your learner driver

Written by Andrew Coates

PARENTS/SUPERVISORS ….. PREPARE YOUR TRIPS FOR YOUR LEARNER TO GIVE THEM THE BEST CHANCE TO BUILD SKILLS ….!!!

A call out to Parents….. Every day we meet new Learners who are being guided by a mixture of intrepid and excited parents getting them started with their logbooks. We would like to offer some tips to ensure their smooth set up process to build the safest skills possible.

  1. FIRST THINGS FIRST ……

We have many parents who get really excited about their kids being able to drive and jump many steps in the learning process to take them straight out on the Motorway or show them reverse parking……. albeit some Learners are quite capable, the early learning stages require that a Learner can steer correctly (push – pull), balance pedals and steering, navigate roundabouts and indicating off them, take off correctly and stop appropriately and maintain speed correctly. These skills are the building blocks to all other complex driving skills, it is imperative to ensure beginner drivers establish these habits first.


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