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Safer Drivers Course NEWCASTLE

The Safer Drivers Course in Newcastle combines both low risk and defensive driving techniques designed for young drivers. The course was created for NSW learner drivers under the age of 25, after research has proven that novice drivers are most vulnerable in their first year of driving solo. In fact, in NSW, crash data shows that novice drivers are approximately three (3) times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than the average crash rate for all drivers. This Awesome SDC® in Newcastle, will help prepare learner drivers to become safer drivers as they progress to their P’s. But before booking a driving test, they must pass the NSW Hazard Perception Test (HPT). Completing a safe driving course also helps learner drivers understand the importance of driver attitude and behaviour.

In this 20 logbook hour safe driving program, learner drivers will be taught the techniques and strategies to help minimise unnecessary risk taking, dangers of distractions and influences that can affect a drivers capability. If you’re looking for an awesome driver safety course that will help enhance the decision making skills for participants when driving then book today. The course is only five (5) hours in duration and involves a theory (Module 1) and practical component (Module 2).

Throughout the course, students will learn about the importance of effective scanning and observation skills to safely and effectively respond to hazards or potential hazards, in varying situations. They will also have a far better understanding about the different crash types and why a safe following distance is crucial when following other vehicles. In addition to safe following distances, understanding the difference between reaction time vs response time is also beneficial.

Upon completion of the course, many students often leave knowing more road rules than before they started as well as the legality issues surrounding mobile phone laws in NSW when operating a vehicle.


To complete this awesome Safer Drivers Course, you must meet the following requirements;


hold a valid learner licence


complete a minimum of 50 actual driving hours (not the 3 for 1 bonus hours) and;


be under 25 years of age

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Module 1

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Module 1 Safer Drivers Course Newcastle

Led by an experienced facilitator, Module 1 is an interactive and engaging three (3) hour facilitated group discussion set in a classroom environment. Throughout the session, learners will explore the behaviours and effective management strategies to become safer drivers. Module 1 helps learner drivers to identify and manage internal and external influences that can impact the skills and ability of novice drivers.

Module 2

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Module 2 Safer Drivers Course Newcastle

Module 2 of the SDC consists of a two (2) hour coaching session in a trainers vehicle. The session only involves two (2) learner drivers and a driver trainer. Each learner will take turns driving on a set route whilst implementing certain strategies learnt in Module 1. This allows learner drivers to identify risks and potential risks in a real life environment and the techniques used to help minimise unnecessary risk taking behaviours.


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Speed Management

Driving at a speed suitable to the conditions is essential to minimise the risk of a crash. Lower speeds also allows drivers to see more. Learn simple speed management techniques to allow for critical reaction responses.

Hazard Awareness & Response

Hazard Perception includes the process of recognising and reacting to potentially dangerous driving situations. Learn how to identify and effectively respond to hazards and developing hazards.

Safe Following Distance

Maintaining a Safe Following Distance is essential when driving in the same direction behind traffic. Learn how to create, maintain, protect and manage a Safe Following Distance whilst driving and when stopped in traffic.

Safe Gap Selection

Choosing a safe gap in traffic is a skill that requires on-going practice. A learners judgment on distance is in the developing stages. Learn techniques that will help you identify safe gaps without taking unnecessary risks.

Identifying & Avoiding Risks

A hazard is something that has potential to harm you. Risk is the likelihood of a hazard causing harm. Learn the difference between both and how to manage and avoid risks in a real life driving situation.

Other Defensive Strategies

There are many simple tips and techniques you can do to be a safe driver. Things such as vehicle placement and the anticipation of others, can help prevent a crash and keep you safe. The SDC will teach you these skills for life.


Safer Drivers Course Newcastle

How Much Is The Safer Drivers Course?

Course is $140 across the state no matter what provider you use. That equates to only $7.00 per log book hour! Please note that full payment must be made before attending module one of the SDC. If you are a concession card holder you may be eligible to complete the SDC for free. You must complete a concession course application before attending module one of the SDC. Pensioner Concession card holders can click here to apply or for more information.

Safer Drivers Course Locations

The Safer Drivers Course can be completed at various locations across the South Coast, Sydney, Central Coast, Western Region, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, The Hunter, Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers. To book your place in one of our Safer Drivers Course locations, click here or call 1800 898 969.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Can I Do the Safer Drivers Course
To complete this awesome Safer Drivers Course, you must meet the following requirements;

  • you must hold a valid learner licence
  • you must complete a minimum of 50 actual driving hours (not the 3 for 1 bonus hours) and;
  • you must be under 25 years of age.
Will I need to supply my own vehicle to do the in-vehicle coaching part of the safer drivers course?
No. A dual-controlled vehicle will be supplied by the course provider.
Do I have to complete the course modules in a particular order?
Yes. All participants must complete module one (the facilitated group discussion), before completing module two (the in-vehicle coaching). Module two should be completed within one month of module one.
What if I can only complete one of the modules?

The 20 log book hours credit will only be available for learners that have completed both modules of the course within four weeks.

Can I do the course in a manual vehicle?
We only provide automatic vehicles for students to complete the course. We want all students to focus on the course components and not the operation of the clutch and gears.
Can I fail the course?
No. There is no assessment or pass/ fail component of the Safer Drivers Course. However, participants must complete both course modules to be eligible for the 20 hour log book credit.
Safer Drivers Course Newcastle
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Secure your spot in the next available Safe Drivers Course where you will not only receive 20 log book hours but learn;


How to Reduce Peer Pressure When Driving


How to Manage Distractions when Driving


How to Minimise Unnecessary Risks


How influences Can Affect a Drivers Capabilty


Much, Much More


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