Learner drivers need to be up-to-date and aware of what the laws are so they don’t risk hefty penalties or losing their license before they even get it. The rules are there to safeguard the driver and all other people on the road and footpaths. The tougher rules are a result of the statistic that a young driver is 60% more likely to be involved in a serious crash than their older counterparts and hopefully the changes should see the death toll in young drivers fall dramatically.
Here are a few of the rules learner drivers need to familiarise themselves with;
- You can only drive alongside a person that has a valid open license and has held the license for more than one year. This person must not be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- You must clearly display your L plates at the front and rear of your vehicle, so other drivers are aware that you are a learner driver.
- Whilst it is common knowledge that no driver is allowed to use a mobile whilst driving, a learner driver is not allowed to use a mobile device even with a hands-free set. If a passenger has a phone on loud speaker this is also a violation that could result in loss of license for those under the age of 25.
- You can only carry one passenger under the age of 21 between the hours of 11pm – 5am.
- You must gain 100 hours of certified supervised on-road-driving for learners under the age of 25.
- You must carry your license with you when you drive at all times.
- Whilst the law can only go so far, the knowledge that learner drivers are a hefty portion of the death toll on roads should also be enough to scare young drivers into being safe and cautious.
By booking a professional lesson with Pedals Driving School we can prepare you for dangerous situations on the road and teach you the skills you need to be safe whilst driving. Call us today for expert tuition that will not only get you ready for your driving test, but will equip you for driving on the roads when you are no longer supervised.