For many young Australians, obtaining a driver’s licence is a big milestone. However, while the freedom and independence that come with driving are exhilarating, there’s an inherent responsibility to keep yourself and other road users safe. The state of New South Wales (NSW) recognises the vital need to prepare its newest drivers, not just technically, but mentally and emotionally as well. The NSW Safer Drivers Course—a vital initiative designed to mould a generation of safer, more conscientious drivers.
What is the NSW Safer Drivers Course?
The NSW Safer Drivers Course has been meticulously crafted to address the unique challenges faced by young drivers. With road statistics indicating that young NSW drivers are over-represented in serious crashes, especially within their first year of driving, the course aims to reduce this risk by fostering safer driving habits from the outset including low risk driving strategies and managing distractions.
Who Can Benefit from the Course?
Designed primarily for learner drivers under 25, the course is open to those who have already recorded a minimum of 50 logbook driving hours. Beyond the evident skills and knowledge enhancement, there’s an added incentive: on completion, participants receive 20 additional logbook hours, fast-tracking their progress to their Provisional licence.
Theory Meets Practice
Structured in a comprehensive two-module format, the course seamlessly blends theoretical knowledge with practical insights:
- Classroom Insights (Module 1): In this three-hour interactive workshop, learners dive deep into the intricacies of risk management, hazard perception, and decision-making processes essential for safe driving.
- On-Road Coaching (Module 2): This hands-on, two-hour session enables learners to bring the classroom teachings to life. Under the watchful eye of a coach, participants manoeuvre through real traffic scenarios, focusing on safe and low-risk driving strategies.
This dual approach ensures that learners not only grasp the theoretical aspects of safe driving but also feel empowered to apply them practically on NSW’s diverse roads.
Why NSW Needs This Course
Driving in NSW, with its bustling urban centres, serene coastal routes, and challenging rural terrains, demands adaptability and keen awareness. The NSW Safer Drivers Course goes beyond traditional driving lessons by instilling a mindset of caution, respect for road rules, and empathy for other road users.
In the following sections, we will delve deeper into the course’s long-term benefits, sharing testimonials and highlighting how institutions like Learn Drive Survive are making a difference in shaping NSW’s driving future.
The Startling Statistics: Young Drivers in NSW
It’s a sobering truth that young drivers, despite representing a relatively small fraction of the total driving population, account for a disproportionately high number of road crashes in NSW. Delving into the statistics can help underscore the urgency and importance of initiatives like the NSW Safer Drivers Course.
1. Over-representation in Crashes: According to Transport for NSW, young drivers aged 17-25 make up just 16% of all licensed drivers. Yet, they are involved in 26% of all fatal crashes. This stark over-representation underscores the unique risks and challenges faced by this age group.
2. The First Year is the Riskiest: Studies have shown that young drivers are most vulnerable in their first year of driving solo with a P1 licence. In fact, P1 drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than learners or drivers with more experience.
3. Peer Pressure and Distractions: Disturbingly, when two or more passengers of the same age are in the car, the likelihood of a young driver being involved in a fatal crash doubles. Mobile phone use, which is rampant among the younger demographic, further amplifies this risk. A staggering 35% of young drivers in NSW admit to using their phone illegally while driving.
4. Late Night Driving Perils: The dangers escalate during late-night hours. Nearly 60% of young driver fatalities occur between 8 pm and 6 am, often due to a combination of inexperience, fatigue, and reduced visibility.
How the NSW Safer Drivers Course Addresses These Issues
Armed with these statistics, the developers of the NSW Safer Drivers Course, have structured it to address the root causes of such alarming trends:
Hazard Perception and Decision Making: The course places significant emphasis on understanding potential hazards on the road. Through interactive sessions, learners are trained to anticipate, recognise, and respond safely to diverse driving situations.
Peer Influence and Passenger Safety: Engaging modules tackle the influence of peer pressure, educating young drivers on the importance of maintaining authority and control in their vehicle, irrespective of passenger dynamics.
Mobile Phone Usage: Highlighting the dangers of distractions, especially mobile phone use, the course provides practical strategies to resist the urge to check or use the phone while driving.
Night Driving: With the risks associated with night time driving, the course encourages learners to practice driving during these hours under supervised conditions, fostering confidence and honing skills.
Learn Drive Survive® are an approved provider for the NSW Safer Drivers Course. The course isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about creating a cultural shift, steering young drivers towards a future of mindful, responsible driving.
Enrolling in the NSW Safer Drivers Course with Learn Drive Survive
Making the commitment to enhance your driving skills is commendable, and when you choose to take that journey with Learn Drive Survive®, you’re guaranteed an experience that’s not only educational but also empowering. Here’s how you can enrol in the NSW Safer Drivers Course with us:
1. Eligibility Check: Before enrolling, ensure you meet the criteria:
- Aged under 25 years.
- Hold a valid NSW learner licence
- Completed at least 50 logbook hours (excluding the 3-for-1 bonus hours with an instructor).
2. Book a Course: Simply visit bookings.learndrivesurvivesdc.com.au.
3. Choose a Date and Location: We offer flexibility with multiple course dates and locations across NSW. Pick a date that suits your schedule.
4. Complete the Online Form: Fill out the necessary details and complete the registeration.
5. Make the Payment: Securely process your payment online. Once done, you’ll receive a confirmation email with all the details, including the venue, time, and any additional instructions.
6. On the Day: Arrive at the venue about 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time. This will give you a chance to familiarise yourself with the venue and settle in. Remember to bring your learner’s licence and logbook for verification.
Customer Support: If you face any challenges during the enrolment process or have questions, our dedicated customer support team is always ready to assist. Reach out via phone on 1800 898 969 or email email@example.com for prompt assistance.
Why Choose Learn Drive Survive®?
Learn Drive Survive® are a dedicated team of professional driver trainers and facilitators. Our mission goes beyond just teaching you how to drive. We aim to instil a sense of responsibility, awareness, and confidence. Our team of friendly instructors, are not just “driving instructors” but also passionate educators, who understand the unique needs and challenges faced by young drivers in NSW.
With a supportive learning environment and a commitment to excellence, enrolling with Learn Drive Survive® is a step towards safer roads and a brighter driving future for young learner drivers.