Parents and supervisors
Supervising a learner driver is a serious commitment. You’re preparing them for a lifetime of safe driving. So encourage a strong attitude to safety and help them get plenty of on-road experience under the safest conditions. Your job is to guide your learner through the gradual approach outlined in the Driving Companion.
Refreshing your knowledge
It is important to remember that while teaching a young person to drive, you must firstly familiarise yourself with the road rules. Make sure you know the current road rules, are in the right frame of mind and display role model behaviour while teaching a young person to drive.
Using a safe vehicle
Think about what car your learner will drive. Inexperienced drivers need the safest car possible. Check that your vehicle is roadworthy and the tyres have plenty of tread. If you are looking to purchase a new car for your learner driver, it is important to remember that safe cars don’t need to be expensive. Cars with relative high levels of crash protection can be found at affordable prices. Check the safer vehicles section for information on vehicle safety ratings and features and use the My First car checklist when shopping for a new car.
Check your insurance policy to make sure it covers learner drivers.
Learners need clear instructions. Early directions give the learner time to think ahead and ask questions. Use the 'At, When, Do' method with your Learner. e.g. "At the next street, when there's a safe gap, turn left".
High-powered vehicle restrictions apply to P1 licence holders under 25 years of age.
Being a Qualified Supervising Driver you must comply with the following rules:
- You must be seated in the front passenger seat next to the learner driver
- You must not have a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) of 0.05 or more.
- You must have held an unconditional licence for the preceding two years (not a learner’s permit, P1 or P2 and not have been disqualified in the last two years.
- You must not be subject to good behaviour conditions.
Using the log book
You’ll need to validate your learner’s compulsory driving hours in the log book section of their driving companion. Enter your name, licence number and sign the log book after each driving session.
Videos worth watching with your learner