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1Who can be a supervisory driver?

You can be a supervisory driver if you:

  • Have a full Australian car licence,
  • Have not been suspended or disqualified from driving in the past two years,
  • Have a blood alcohol content of less than 0.05 (but preferably 0.00) while supervising, and
  • Sit in the front passenger seat of the car when you’re supervising a learner.

The Supervisory Driver Handbook is a valuable source of information if you plan on being a supervisory driver for someone.

2What you need to do as a supervisory driver

You need to provide the person you’re supervising with a safe environment to learn in, so they get as much practice and experience driving as possible. Remember that this is the learners first driving experience, so be patient and make sure that they develop safe driving habits.

You should also make sure that your learner is complying with all the conditions of their licence, including displaying L plates, obeying learner speed restrictions and having a 0.00 blood alcohol content level.

3Driving lessons

If you need a supervisory driver, or think that a learner you know would benefit from driving lessons, you can also get driving lessons from a professional driving instructor. These drivers have experience in instructing and tutoring new drivers.

You can get a free lesson with keys2drive. There are also multiple other businesses that offer driving lessons (which have their own fees), which you can search for on the internet.

4What sort of car can learner and provisional drivers drive?

As a learner, you can drive any vehicle that is roadworthy and registered, including either automatic or manual vehicles. You may also wish to make sure that your car is insured, just in case of accident while learning.

If you choose to take your P1 practical assessment in a manual car, you’ll get a manual driving licence (which will allow you to drive both manual and automatic cars). If you take your P1 practical assessment in an automatic vehicle, you’ll get an automatic licence (which means you can only drive automatic cars).