Learning to Drive

There are a range of skills and much knowledge you will need to learn to drive. Here at Great Western Driving School, we’ve put together a list of some basics.

Hazard Perception Test

There is an online test called the hazard perception test. It measures your reaction time and your ability to spot hazards. You need to pass this test before you can upgrade to a P2 or open licence. If you were 23 or younger when you obtained your P1, you will upgrade to P2. If you were 24 or older when you obtained your P1 licence, you will progress to your open licence. You can take this test as many times as you need to, but you can only try once per day. You pay for the test only when you pass.

Safe Driving Techniques

  • Don’t get angry – allow for the fact that other drivers make mistakes, and don’t get caught up in it.
  • Make sure you don’t tailgate. Leave at least two seconds time between your car and the car in front.
  • Keep an eye on what’s happening behind and beside your car, but use your peripheral vision. You must keep your focus on what’s ahead.
  • Avoid sudden moves like swerving, and hard acceleration and braking.
  • Know your limits – drive according to your skills. You will become more confident the longer you drive for.
  • Be a considerate and courteous driver.
  • When merging, be patient. Don’t cut other drivers off or change lanes too quickly.
  • On the highway, keep left unless overtaking.
  • Start indicating at least 30 metres before turning. This will give other drivers time to react.
  • Be aware of what is coming up on the road and position your car accordingly.

We hope these tips are helpful in your quest to get your licence. Contact us if you would like to commence professional, relaxed and fun lessons.