Learner Driver Questions
Our instructors at Darwin Driving school frequently get asked many of the same questions from people who are nervous before their first driving lesson, and parents who never had professional driver instruction themselves. We at Darwin Driving School have compiled the following list of common questions to hopefully answer some of these common questions and better prepare nervous learners for their first driving lesson with our driving school, and also answer the many questions we get from parents looking to book their first driving lesson for their teenager.
Most learners are nervous when they start professional driving lessons. Depending on how many hours you have had on the road before our driving instructor sees you, we would normally take the learner driver to a suitable carpark or quiet streets and teach them the basics of moving off, stopping smoothly, steering correctly and the correct techniques for changing gears (in a manual car). After a lot of repetitions or practice of these basic skills we then take them into other quiet areas and consolidate their basic driver training. The key is to teach each skill as a building block to more challenging tasks and to reinforce with plenty of praise so as to build their confidence before taking them to more challenging traffic situations.
Darwin Driving School recognizes that everyone learns at a different pace. Some people may only need a few driving lessons and others require more. It also depends on the frequency of your driving lessons and previous experience. We at Darwin Driving School suggest no matter which driving school you choose, have one or two lessons and then ask your instructor to give you an approximate estimate.
No. Darwin Driving School offers driving tuition to a number of other drivers:
- Preparatory training for senior drivers entering the re-testing phase beyond 85 years of age
- General driving assessments for licensed drivers looking for an objective assessment of their driving competence
- Learners learning later in life. It is not uncommon to start to learn in your 30s, 40s, 50s or even later. Our approach in flexible to learners of all ages.
- Overseas licence holders wanting to obtain an Australian licence
You will need to hold a learner's licence or a driver's licence before you book your lesson with Darwin Driving School. Information on getting your Learner's Permit from your local Darwin Motor Vehicle Registry can be found on our Learner's Licence Information Page.
Once you book your driving lesson, your Darwin Driving School instructor will pick you up at your chosen location. This can be your home address, your work, school or other location within Darwin. Your lesson will take place within Darwin and you will be dropped off at the end of your lesson at your chosen location. Please remember to specify your pickup and drop off location to your instructor when booking your driving lessons as this will help to maintain their schedule.
As soon as possible after they attain their learner's permit. Getting in early with professional driving instruction from Darwin Driving School will stop your child developing bad driving habits that can cause them to fail the Licence test. Also, our professional driving instructors are trained to spot possible incidents from further away and can instruct your child to avoid them before a collision occurs.
Yes. If you book a lesson with Darwin Driving school we can pick your child up from school and drop them home when finished. Please specify this when booking a driving lesson for your child.
Yes if possible, without contradicting what they have learned. The road rules change regularly, as do the performance and handling techniques for cars. Our driving instructors are always up-to-date with the latest changes and are aware of what driving test instructors are looking for. The level of support provided in the way of home practice and supervising driver involvement in the learning process will be instrumental to your child's rate of progress.