Five reasons to choose ADTA for your Safer Drivers Course

Written by Nadia Pralija

Here’s five reasons to choose ADTA Safer Drivers for your Safer Drivers Course.



Did you know that if you’re under 25 years old, research shows you are 20 times more likely to be involved in a serious crash or accident?  The good news is that the more supervised practice you have, the less likely you are to be involved in an accident.

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About attending a Safer Drivers Course

Written by Geoff Watt

What is the Safer Drivers Course?



The NSW Safer Drivers Course teaches learner drivers under 25 to develop safe driving skills and prepare for driving solo.

This course can help you understand speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness, safe following distances, and how to keep driving safely when you get distracted.

This includes:

a 3-hour group discussion with other learners

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The background to the Safer Drivers Course

Written by Geoff Watt

With statistics showing that young drivers, aged 17-25 years, are more likely to be involved in crashes resulting in death or injury than other drivers, the NSW licensing system is reviewed regularly to improve young driver safety.

The NSW Government announced the establishment of a Board of independent road safety experts (‘Board’) to develop a new course for learner drivers that aims to improve the safety of young novice drivers. Learner drivers who complete the Safer Drivers Course will have a reduction in the required number of logged driving hours from 120 to 100 hours.

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Is a Safer Drivers Course the same as a driving lesson?

Written by Nicola Elkington

Many learner drivers assume that the Safer Drivers Course is the same as a driving lesson, but they’re actually not!

In a traditional driving lesson your instructor will focus on the driving skills you need to acquire in order to pass your driving test, including: 

  • The mechanics of driving and controlling your car – steering, road positioning and changing gears
  • Understanding and following the road rules – how and when to merge, using roundabouts and when to give way at intersections
  • Parking skills – parallel parking, 45 degree parking and reverse parking
  • General driving skills – three point turns and hill starts

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Rules about Mobile Phones and Driving

Written by Geoff Watt

During the Safer Drivers Course, students have a chance to ask questions.  The question which comes up every single time is around mobile phones, and what is permitted.

First we should clarify just what is allowed for Learner Drivers (or those on their Provisional Licence),

Make or receive audio phone call – No
Use music or audio functions – No
Use as a driver's aid (e.g. navigation) – No
Apple CarPlay / Android Auto – No

Restricted licences holders including learner, P1 and P2 drivers and riders are not permitted to use their phone at all while driving or riding. This includes use of hands-free and Bluetooth functions.

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