Obtaining a driver’s licence is probably one of the most exciting times for a first time driver. It gives you independence, driving privileges and proves that you are capable enough to operate a vehicle. It also represents that you know the safety driving standards and can apply them accordingly.
Getting your Driver’s Licence in Penrith and The Hawkesbury (NSW) can be quite a long process, but with few simple guidelines, you will be able to get your driver’s licence without a hassle.
Here is some information and tips on how to acquire your licence in Western Sydney, NSW:
1. Take the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT)
Before taking the test, you should study the Road Users’ Handbook and brochure on Getting your Driver Licence. These guides will help you understand the NSW road rules and licencing scheme.
The requirements for getting a Learner’s Licence include a minimum driving age of 16 years old, passing the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT), passing an eyesight test and proof of identification.
A Learner’s Licence is issued with a driver log book that will be used to record driving hours.
2. Learn the Practical Skills of Driving
Once you have passed the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) and have obtain your Learner’s Licence, enrolling in a driving school is definitely the next step and a good investment as it can teach you a lifetime of driving skills for safe and confident driving. Driving schools offer affordable driving lesson packages that will teach you all the practical skills that you as a new driver need to know.
Driving schools have tailored driving lessons that will not only train you how to become a good driver but will also teach you how to park your car, local road rules and what to expect on the driving test.
A learner must use their log book to record all driving hours. A student must be able to achieve 120 hours of supervised driving that includes 20 hours of night driving and hold the learner licence for at least 12 months. During this time, a learner must be accompanied by a fully licenced driver in the passenger’s seat at all times and must display L plates.
According to NSW rules, learner drivers who are able to complete a 1 hour driving lesson with a professional and fully licenced driving instructor can record it as 3 hours. With a maximum of 10 driving lessons equating to 30 driving hours in the learner’s log book. Each additional 1 hour driving lesson equal 1 driving hour in the learner’s logbook. Contact SKS Driving School Penrith or your local driving school for more details.
3. Getting Red P’s or Provisional P1 Licence
Drivers who are attempting the driving test must be 17 years of age or older, should have completed the 120 hour requirement and have held their learner’s licence for 12 months. Drivers 25 and over are exempt from the 12 month tenure and log book requirement.
If a learner passes the first driving test, they will be issued with provisional P1 Licence. The Provisional P1 Licence or Red P means that the driver is now allowed to drive without supervision and can drive at up to 90 km/h.
4. Progressing to P2 Licence and Full Drivers Licence
Drivers who have held their P1 Licences for a year are eligible to obtain a Provisional P2 Licence provided that you have met the minimum requirements and have passed the Hazard Perception Test (HPT). After a year, you may upgrade to a full driver licence by passing the Driver Qualification Test (DQT).
Looking for a professional driving school in Penrith or The Hawkesbury? SKS Driving School offer affordable packages for driving lessons as well as a test day packages to help you pass your RMS test with ease. Our driving program approach is organised, fun, friendly and thorough.
Book your first lesson today as the first step to getting your licence!