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Don't drink drive

Between 2003 and 2007 alcohol was a factor in 1 in 10 fatal crashes among novice drivers. The legal limit for novice drivers is 0.00 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you are drinking alcohol, don't drive. Driving and alcohol don't mix.

Wear a seatbelt

36% of novice drivers who were killed between 2003 and 2007 did NOT wear a seat belt.

Drowsy drivers die

Avoid driving when you are tired, stressed or worried. Driving whilst fatigued can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You may be endangering the lives of your passengers and other road users. To avoid fatigue, stop and take a 10-minute break every two hours.

Don't drive under the influence of drugs

Illegal or legal drugs can impair motor and coordination skills, cause an inability to judge distance and speed and impair reaction times. Tasmanian Police conduct random roadside drug tests, and there are heavy penalties for those caught driving while affected by drugs.

Pay attention

Be alert and pay attention to traffic at all times. Between 2003 and 2007 driver inattention was the highest fatal crash factor among novice drivers.

It is an offence to drive a vehicle while using a hand-held mobile phone. Pull over to the side of the road when it is safe, before making or answering a call or a text message.

Driving requires your full attention. Avoid distractions, such as eating or drinking or adjusting the radio. Ignore passenger distractions, such as peer pressure from friends.

Don't speed

Speed is a major cause of road crashes. Drive within the speed limit at all times. Between 2003 and 2007 speed was a crash factor in 14% of all fatal crashes among novice drivers.

Drive at a speed that is safe for the conditions. Gravel roads and weather conditions can impair vehicle handling and affect stopping distances. Between 2003 and 2007, 13% of novice drivers that were killed, were travelling too fast for the prevailing conditions.

Obey the Road Rules

Exercise safe driving practices and obey the road rules at all time. The rules are there to protect you and all other road users.

Get lots of driving experience as a learner

Inexperience remains one of the highest contributing crash factors for fatal crashes among novice drivers. Learner car drivers that have had at least 50 hours of supervised driving experience have been shown to have a significant reduction in crashes. So the more supervised hours you do, the safer you will be. This includes, driving in a variety of conditions while being supervised, such as at night, in different weather conditions, on different road types and in all traffic conditions.

Drive a safe vehicle

  • A minimum four-star Australian New Car Assessment program (ANCAP) safety rating (to find out how safe your car is visit: www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au)
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Speed Alert System
  • Dual Front Airbags
  • Side Airbags
  • Curtain Airbags
  • Head Restraints
  • 3-Point Seat Belts
  • Seat Belt Reminder System
  • Cargo Barriers