Teaching someone to drive
Teaching someone how to drive - know your responsibilities
Remember, if you are teaching someone how to drive (and you are not a licensed driving instructor) you must:
- hold a current and valid driver's licence (for the class of vehicle in which you are teaching someone how to drive) for at least 4 years. In the case of instructing a person to ride a moped, you must have held a current and valid driverís licence for at least 2 years.
Note: a person who holds a ĎR-Ní driving authority (driverís licence) only issued at 16 years of age and has held that authority for a minimum of two years (i.e. still holds a provisional licence), is authorised to supervise a learner driver holding a ĎR-Ní class driving authority (learnerís permit);
- ensure the vehicle you are instructing in has L plates displayed at all time; and
- be aware of the Rules for novice drivers (includes L and P platers).
The importance of quality instruction
Learning to drive can be very stressful for both you and your student, especially if you are related!
We strongly advise that starting off with a professional driving instructor can be a very good idea for your 'student'. Driving instructors can quickly tell them what they will need to learn and start them off properly.
Once your student has learned the early stages of how to control a car, they can then gain experience with you.
We do strongly recommend however, that once your student has gained experience with you they have another lesson with a professional driving instructor. This will make sure they are developing the right driving habits and let them know how their driving compares to the assessment standard.
Helping your 'student' prepare for the practical driving assessment
We encourage you to use the information and tools provided in the How to pass your driving assessment - A candidates guide to the practical driving assessment when teaching someone how to drive.
- Complements the information in Drive Safe: A handbook for Western Australian road users.
- Explains what learner drivers need to do to pass the practical driving assessment.
- Provides a place for learner drivers to record their experiences which helps to decide when they are ready to take the practical driving assessment.
- Provides information about the experience needed to become a safe driver.
|How to pass your driving assessment (booklet)||Kb|
Keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program. The program provides access to a website incorporating information, education and interactive games as well as a free session for both the learner driver and their supervisor.
In many cases a parent who may not have had a refresher on road rules and driver training in many years.
Another key feature of the program is an accreditation scheme for participating driving instructors.
Keys for life (School Drug Education and Road Aware)
School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) has developed a pre-driver program called Keys for Life, to assist school staff to deliver pre-driver training to Year 10-12 students. Participating students receive free resources and a discounted rate on their Learnerís Permit.
A one day workshop is compulsory for teachers wishing to conduct the Keys for Life program. For more information go to SDERA's Keys for life website.
|Department of Education: (SDERA) Keys for life|
Office of Road Safety resources
Young drivers website
Point your teenager or student to this website. It provides:
- Advice on choosing your first car.
- A party guide.
- Dealing with fatigue.
- Information on learning to drive.
RoadTrip 120 provides young drivers with a resource to encourage 120 hours of supervised driving experience in a range of conditions.
|Office of Road Safety: Novice drivers|
|Office of Road Safety: RoadTrip 120|
Road safety handbooks
Drive Safe is a guide to safe driving and an interpretation of the law. It is not the law, but a simplified version of the road rules contained in the Road Traffic Act 1974 and Regulations that apply currently in Western Australia.
The information in this handbook aligns with Towards Zero, the State Government road safety strategy 2008-2020. The strategy means that we, in the WA community, do not accept that any person should die or be seriously injured on our roads.