Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Under certain circumstances, customers may want to receive lessons in their own/family vehicle. This is a good idea where the car will be used for a Driver’s Test in NSW or the One-off Test in the ACT. It is also a good idea when a learner has a new car and wishes to familiarise themselves with it prior to licensing. National Driving Academy is able to offer customers training in their vehicle, provided the vehicle is registered, roadworthy and comprehensively insured. Prior to any training being conducted in the customer’s vehicle, the instructor should inspect the vehicle for its roadworthiness. The inspection should include, but is not limited to, a check of the following items:
- the registration label is valid, current, intact and displayed appropriately
- the vehicle is comprehensively insured and the customer’s insurance company is notified that it will be used by a driving instructor to conduct training in
- The tyres:
- are correctly inflated (air pressures must reflect the manufacturer’s recommendation as a minimum).
- have appropriate levels of tread
- are not damaged
- all indicators, headlights and brake lights are working
- seats and seat belts are in good working order and are not damaged or twisted
- any loose items in the cabin of the vehicle are stowed in the cargo (boot) area
- the windows and interior are clean
- the vehicle has sufficient petrol to last the course of the lesson (minimum requirement – a quarter of a tank) The lesson charge is not reduced for lesson in a customer’s own car.
- Be supervised at all times by the holder of a full Australian driver licence that is a class C or higher
- Have L plates displayed conspicuously at the front and rear exterior of the car (or an L sign on the roof) when driving
- The letter 'L' on the plate must not be hidden
- Not tow any other vehicle
- Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration (this means you cannot drink before driving). It is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs
- Not supervise another learner driver.
- Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seat belts or child restraints
- Only drive vehicles that have a seat belt fitted to the driver's position and you must wear the seat belt
- Not use any functions of a mobile phone including hands-free devices.
If I am not getting on with my driving instructor may I change my lessons to another driving instructor with National Driving Academy?
What are the consequences of a learner driver being involved in an accident during a driving lesson?
What are the consequences of a learner driver not holding a valid drivers licence at a driving lesson?
What is my liability for an accident occuring during a Practical Driving Test when using a driving school vehicle without my Instructor is not in the vehicle?
Where a learner is confident, gets quality practice and direction, and seeks professional lessons when needed, the one off Government Test may be most suitable.
For international licence holders the one off Government Test is usually the best option.
And for mature learner drivers the CBT&A method is the best option.
Regardless of which method you may wish to take, we do recommend our learners to bring their Official ACT Log Book to each driving lesson for completion. The Log Book may be completed even if a one off test attempt is unsuccessful.