Learner licence test goes online

It will soon be easier than ever before to get your learner licence in Queensland! The Queensland Government is developing an online program for all learner drivers to sit their test online anytime, anywhere. This means you won’t need to sit a written test at a Department of Transport and Main Roads service centre. Instead, you’ll complete an interactive online version and get your licence right from your smartphone, tablet or computer, 24/7. You’ll be able to sit the test as many times as you like and won’t need to pay any extra if you need to re-sit it.

This online program is being trialled by 300 students throughout Queensland and aims to be available to all learner drivers in early 2018.

If you’re a learner driver and about to get your licence, you can take our practice online test now to prepare you for your upcoming test.

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Passing is only the beginning

It’s one of the best moments in anybody’s life but getting your license marks the start of a dangerous period for our newest drivers.

It’s getting to that time of the year where more and more of our grade 12 cohort are swapping their L-Plates with a hard earnt red P-Plate.

While the excitement of finally gaining the freedom that comes with being told by the tester that you’ve passed is something most can relate to, it sees that person join a group considered the most at risk drivers on the road.

According to the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety, the risk of being involved in a crash is higher among young drivers in their first 6 – 12 months of solo driving. Sadly, crashes involving young drivers between the ages of 17 – 20 far exceed those of more experienced drivers.

RACQ’s Principal Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker believes it’s important for P1 license holders to remember they’re still learning. “While they’ve completed the logbook requirement and passed the practical driving test, they still need to take it easy and pay extra attention. Learning to be a better, safer driver doesn’t stop after the test, it’s a lifelong process”.  

Read the Novice Driver's fact sheet for information on who is considered an at risk driver.

Find out more on the Graduated Driver Licensing program.

Hands-free mobile a safer option? Think again!

It’s well known that mobile phones and driving don’t mix well. In fact, the risk of crashing is FOUR-TIMES more likely if a driver is using their phone! Surely though a hands-free set is safer, right?

In its latest research update, the Centre for Accident Research & Safety (CARRS-Q) has found using a hands-free set-up whilst driving is just as distracting and just as risky for drivers as using a hand-held phone.

While studying the reaction time of drivers using a hand-held compared to a hands-free, researchers found that reaction times were more than 40% slower than those not using a phone at all.

This justifies the current road rules which make using a mobile phone, hand-held or hands-free, illegal for anyone on their Red P’s.

David Webber from RACQ’s Docudrama program, which educates Year 11 and 12 about driver and passenger safety, believes it’s important for P-Platers to understand the dangers of distraction.

“This definitely shows young drivers just why it’s important to not use their phone in any capacity when driving. Distraction is a major contributor to crashes and we strongly encourage young drivers to turn their phone off or put in flight mode to avoid any temptation while driving.”

The free2go team is always here to help our young motorists on the road. RACQ's free2go program is designed for 16 to 19 year old Queenslanders to help take on life’s adventures including gaining a licence, buying your first car, and travelling in Australia and abroad. Free2go members also have access to exclusive offers and access to RACQ membership benefits and services.

Browse free2go.com.au or visit your local RACQ store for further information.

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