I recently took a learner for their licence test. It had taken 3 weeks to book. Plenty of time to get ready. The learner had already completed sixty hours, privately driving with a licenced friend.
I had explained to carefully fill out the logbook. Make sure all hours were correctly written up and the hours carefully totalled up. All certified drivers should complete the front of the book, each page should be filled in by the learner at the top of the page.
This was a legal document and would be checked. “Make sure you are very careful.”
At the Vicroads desk each page was carefully examined. Unfortunately for my learner he had added some 15 hours of extra driving that was incorrectly documented. Fifteen hours were subtracted from his learning experience.
He did not get to go for his test, lost the $65 payment, will need to book in again in a month’s time and will need to rewrite his entire logbook to make up for these serious errors. Plus complete another twenty hours of driving experience.
All because her was not careful enough, or maybe thought he could get by a scrutiny of his log book.
The distress he caused himself saddened me, but could have been completely avoided, by both being honest with his driving hours, keeping a neat logbook being careful in his addition.
It ws a hard lesson to learn. Hopefully it wont be you!
At a recent meeting on April 7th at Warragul Community house attended by members of Vicroads and the local Police over 80 learners and their Mentors were briefed on issues that concerned them regarding being a safe driver.
Graduated Licence System
Proceeds through a series of steps beginning with the
HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
A The log book is inspected
B The Drive Test is divided into two parts
Basic Traffic Conditions
Reverse Parallel parking
Higher Traffic Areas
Higher Speed Zones.
There was some discussion around turning 21 and whether you need to get 120 hours. Lloyd advised you must be over 21 before you can apply for a licence test without the 120 hours. There was also some discussion about P Platers who refuse to identify their Red P Plates, instead turning them over to green P Plates. If you get pulled over you will get booked!
Above all use common sense when approaching a roundabout!
Remember to stay in the correct lane at a roundabout!
Follow the Road!
Give way to people who are already in the roundabout
Think of a clock. The maximum danger in a roundabout comes from the 1 to 6 position of the clock dial!
On Pedestrian Crossings
You must stop on all pedestrian (zebra crossings)
If a pedestrian crossing is seperated by a traffic island you may proceed if the pedestrian has crossed over the centre island to the other pedestrian crossing on the opposite side of the road.
If You Fail Your Driving Test
Use the feedback meaningfully to find out what you have been doing wrong and work on it with your mentor!
Finally from Vicroads Warragul
“We try to help learners with their nerves!”
From the Traffic Police in Attendance.
Red Ps vs Green P’s.
Restated that if you have Red P’s you must display them and NOT drive on Green P’s. If pulled over you will be fined and issued with demerit points.
On Mobile Phones
P Plate drivers cannot use Tom Tom devices or mobile phones.
“If you kill your friends you will go to gaol!”
“Drive like every one else on the road is a fool!”
Take that minute to stop and understand road conditions. And drive at a speed that is safe!