Learning to drive is both exciting and
challenging. From passing the written test to buying your first car, here’s
all you need to know about starting the journey.
1. Getting your driver’s licence
Just turned 16? Good news – you can now apply for your learner licence. But
before you hit the road, there are a few steps you need to take.
Firstly, you’ll need to visit a
Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, participating
QGAP office, or a licence-issuing police station. This is where you’ll hand
over your driver licence application form, show your ID, pay the
application fees, and most importantly, complete the written test.
While you shouldn’t be too daunted by the test, you’ll need to study up. So
read the government’s booklet,
Your keys to driving in Queensland , look at our
driver skill videos and checklists,
and run through an
online practice test as many times as possible.
2. Logging your hours
When it comes to driving, practice really makes perfect. In fact, if you
are 24 years old or under, you need to record 100 hours of supervised
driving in your official learner logbook before you can even go for the
practical test. To keep track of your progress, check out the free
Learn2go mobile app.
While your parents will likely do the bulk of your supervising, it’s worth
squeezing in some professional lessons too.
know the road rules and driving test requirements better than anyone. Plus,
the first 10 hours of lessons count as 30 hours in your logbook! Members of
the free2go program have access to
discounts with driving schools. Plus as a member of the free2go program, you’ll also get access to free
L & P-plates.
3. The driving test
Once you’ve logged enough hours, had your Ls for at least 12 months, and
your logbook has been approved by Department of Transport and Main Roads,
you can book in your practical driving test. On the day, make sure you
arrive 10 minutes early and
bring all the information you need to complete the test.
So, what can you expect? You’ll be on the road for around 45 minutes. In
this time, your examiner will give you tasks to perform during the test. If
all goes well, you’ll pass with flying colours and be issued a P1 licence.
If you don’t pass, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just make sure you find
out where you went wrong and try again after more practice.
4. Buying a car
Thought getting your licence was exciting? Well, there’s nothing like
owning your own set of wheels. But to find the right car, you need to think about factors such as:
What you can afford
New vs. used
The type of car you want (and are legally allowed)
Ongoing running costs
If you need a little help, RACQ members
get access to our free
car brokerage services. Our Motor Vehicle Consultants take the hassle out of buying a car
by finding you the best deal and saving you money. If you find the car of
your dreams but need to borrow money to buy it, make sure you understand
the different types of car loans and the costs you need to budget for .
5. Protecting your car
As a car owner you’re required to have Compulsory Third Party (CTP)
Insurance which covers bodily injury to other road users, but it’s also
important to add the right level of
(to protect against theft or damage). There are different options to
consider based on your car make and model, age, and circumstances, so look
at the options and choose the right cover for you.
*The Motor Vehicle Consultants are a separate business conducted by PLATINUM NOMINEES PTY. LTD. trading and are not a related party or credit representative of RACQ Bank.
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