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.