Learning to Drive

Getting Your L Plates

So, you've studied The Driver's Handbook, practiced our Learner Driver test, and now feel ready to get your driver's licence?

The biggest choice you will need to make is whether to learn to drive using the competency-based “Log Book” system, or opt for a driving test (vehicle on road test or VORT) after a series of driving lessons.

Both methods are good, but be aware that you will almost certainly need some lessons with a qualified driving instructor if you choose the driving test method. The number of lessons will vary, depending on your ability and the amount of practice you can manage with a licensed driver between lessons.

The same goes for the Log Book method. The more practice you have, the quicker you will get your licence - and the best practice will occur under the guidance of an experienced driver.

Local research suggests there is no significant difference in terms of subsequent crash involvement between the Log Book and driving test method. While it might be tempting to try and save money by choosing the test method, be careful as the cost of a number of failed attempts can soon outweigh the cost of Log Book lessons.

Whichever method you choose, you need to also consider the conditions of the Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS).

If you have a learner's permit

  • You must complete at least 75 supervised driving hours (including 15 hours at night).
  • If you are under the age of 25, you must hold a learner’s permit for at least 12 months.
  • If you are 25 years or older, you must hold a learner’s permit for at least six months.      
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