Get Your Free Driving Lesson In Cairns

Written by Terry Berrett

As learners, drivers are at their lowest risk of having an accident. From the moment new drivers pass the practical driving test, their risk of being harmed in a crash is the highest it will be their whole driving life. The likelihood of being harmed in a crash goes down over time. Experience is the key to becoming a safe driver.   Learner drivers need experience related to the challenges they will face when driving on their own. Learner drivers need to learn to think and act for themselves, like an experienced driver. While on their L's, drivers need to be able to find their own way, so when they are on their own, without a supervisor, instructor or examiner, they are able to find their own way and drive safely by themselves. Before taking the practical driving test, learner drivers need to be able to recognize risky situations and take control.   Learner drivers should be encouraged to drive in the type of situations they will face while driving by themselves. They should try driving where they might go once they have their P's. They should also try driving with distractions and drive when they feel in a hurry. So they can experience freedom, learner drivers could choose where they go for a drive. To experience confusion, the supervising driver could say “Turn left, no actually turn right”, the learner driver needs to do what they know is safe and obey the rules. Learner drivers need to experience surprises and not overreact to other drivers errors and focus on doing their best.   Learner drivers should get as much time behind the wheel as possible. This experience helps them to drive well even if they are having a bit of an off day. Try and mix up the experience. Different times, places and cars. They also need to think about their experiences. They can assess their driving by comparing themselves to a safe driver and find their mistakes. They need to be able to fix weaknesses with little or no help.   The experience gained while driving as a learner driver will play a great role in determining your likelihood of having an accident after passing the practical test. The main focus for learner drivers should be becoming a safe driver. Before taking the practical test, learner drivers need to be able to find their own way, without help from their supervising drivers.   To learn more about the risks of P plate driving book a FREE Keys2Drive lesson with us. For the Keys2Drive lesson you must have an Australian learner driving licence and you must also include a fully licensed supervising driver. This being a parent, guardian, or even a friend, anyone with a current open licence. To confirm the booking we need your Keys2Drive lesson ID code. You can your lesson ID code and find out more from the Keys2Drive website www.keys2drive.com.au Once you have your lesson ID code you can book your Keys2Drive lesson with us online.

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Why You Might Not Pass Your Driving Test

Written by Terry Berrett

Applying for a driver’s license is a rite of passage for young adults. It signifies a readiness to commit to bigger responsibilities and financial obligations. A driver’s license also comes in handy in situations that require valid identification, like when applying for a loan, getting a visa, signing a lease and so forth.   Teenagers can learn the basics of driving from their parents or relatives. They can also get driving lessons in Cairns so they’ll get used to driving with an observer in the passenger seat. It is a similar set-up, after all, when they take their driving test.   To get an open license, applicants must pass these stages and tests: Drivers Knowledge Test (written) Get a Learner Driver License (L plate) Driving Test (practical) Get a P1 provisional license (P1 plate) Hazard Perception Test Get the P2 provisional license (P2 plate)   Failing in any of these stages is a roadblock towards getting a full driver’s license. Applicants who fail can re-take the test, but only after a specified period (which may differ per territory). Just because it’s possible to retake the tests, however, doesn’t mean applicants should take failure lightly. Testing officers are more observant with repeaters, and the pressure might make things worse. To avoid failing the test the first or second time around, note these common mistakes and take care not to repeat them.   Common Testing Mistakes to Avoid Major blunders like driving over a kerb or speeding will cost an applicant a provisional license. However, minor mistakes also matter to testing officers. Not looking left and right before going through a green light, for instance, can induce an examiner to fail an applicant.   Other minor blunders in the driving test that could lead to a failed exam are: Tailgating or following too close to the vehicle in front. Waiting too long to drive after the light has turned green. Turning on the light signal too early or too late (about five seconds before turning is the optimal time to turn on the blinkers). Not checking blind spots before turning or changing lanes, even when there’s no car right behind. Not checking before railway crossings. Not fully stopping wherever there’s a compulsory stop sign. Not recognising street signs. Overshooting the stop line at an intersection or pedestrian lane. Using the phone, even hands-free, during the test.   Anxiety on Testing Day The driving mistakes above often result from oversight and carelessness, but they can also happen because of sheer nervousness. Even experienced drivers are prone to making mistakes when they’re feeling anxious while behind the wheel. Those who’re about to take their driving test, therefore, should try to remain calm.   Applicants should also avoid situations that can heighten their anxiety. Arriving at the testing office late, not having enough time to learn the route and parking too far away from the starting point are examples.   Lost Driving Logs Sometimes applicants do well on their written and driving tests but forget to prepare their other requirements, like the Learner Logbook. People under 25 years old must log at least 100 hours of supervised driving. Queensland provides a Learner Logbook app, but others prefer the hard copy version. If they lose their logs, applicants will have to redo their hours or not get a license at all. Applying for an open driver’s license in Australia can take at least two years. Avoid the mistakes above to stay on track and earn a license as early as possible.

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Frequently Asked Driving School Questions

Written by Terry Berrett

Q. How much do driving lessons cost in Qld?
A. We offer highly affordable driving lessons in Cairns but the total cost can vary, depending on whether you are booking a driving lesson or taking a defensive driving course. Generally, a one hour lesson will cost you $75 while a defensive driving course will cost you $185 for a full day

Q. Is it good to learn driving from driving school?
A. Yes. A qualified driving instructor undergoes training so that they not only know the road rules, how to drive defensively and how to anticipate other road users movements, but also so that they can share this knowledge effectively with a student. A driving instructor’s role is to build confidence and skills in the learner driver so that they understand consequences, can make judgments and know the law.

Q. How many hours do you need with a driving instructor Qld?
A. If you don't have driving experience, we recommend at least 5 hours of driving lessons with a driving instructor. It's common to book more than 10 hours of driving lessons.

Q. Can I learn driving in 10 days?
A.  It depends from person to person. Some pick it up straight away, others take weeks or months.

Q. What are the things taught in driving school?
A. Driving lessons teach you how you pass the driving test. Defensive driving courses teach you to drive safely and avoid accidents.

Q. What is the best age to learn driving?
A. There are pros and cons to starting earlier or later in life. Passing the practical test at seventeen is worthwhile if carefully managed, as it is a useful life skill. If you do start early be aware of your limitations.

Q. Why is driving so hard?
A. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Some people pick it up easily and some find it challenging. Driving instructors have step by step training methods to work though to get everyone ready to drive on the road by themselves. Some students work through the steps quickly and some take a bit longer.


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Tips For Choosing A Driving School in Cairns

Written by Terry Berrett

One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for your practical driving test is to hire a qualified driving instructor. The knowledge and experience of a professional driving instructor is a valuable resource that will help you succeed with your driving! Family and friends are useful for supervising the majority of your driving experience, but a professional driving lesson will make you a safer driver and better prepare you for your driving test. 

There are a number of different driving schools and driving instructors available in Cairns. When selecting a driving instructor, there are a number of things you need to consider. Here are some tips on choosing the right driving instructor.


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