We're called the safe driving school because we'll teach you safe driving habits for life.

We want young drivers to adopt safe driving techniques so that they're the safest generation to ever be on the road.

A 17-year-old driver with a P1 licence is about four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a driver aged 26 or older. In fact, people under 26 comprise only 15 per cent of driver licences but are involved in 36 per cent of road fatalities.

Education and attitude are critical to safe driving, and we want to provide as much useful information as possible so that you can avoid the frequent traps that occur without warning.

Frequently asked questions

When should I organise professional driver training for my son or daughter?

NRMA Safer Driving School recommends that professional driving education be undertaken as soon as possible after a student has obtained his or her Learner Licence. In this way we can teach the essential principles of low-risk driving before a student is accompanied by a supervising driver.

Students are more at risk in the early stages of learning to drive and professional training in a dual-control car will help keep them safe.

Supervising drivers will feel more at ease if a student has had professional training with the NRMA. No-one expects parents to be professional driving instructors.

NRMA Safer Driving Schools becomes an essential third partner in the training process. It is recommended that NRMA Safer Driving School takes responsibility for the early training to ensure students have a good grounding in the basics of car set up and control, and the essentials of low risk driving.

The School will then recommend a balance between professional instruction and on-road experience with the supervising driver/s.

The school recognises that parents and supervising drivers lead busy lives and the training program is designed to meet the needs of all concerned. Parents or supervising drivers are kept regularly up-to-date with a customer's progress and receive tips on how to assist customers with their on-road training.

Why is the NRMA setting up driving schools?

NRMA Members consistently express concern about the road toll among young drivers and list as one of their key concerns the need to improve driver training standards in NSW and the ACT.

Directors and Senior Management responded by visiting driver training institutions around the world and bringing back valuable feedback which was incorporated into a unique NRMA training curriculum that represents world's best practice.

P-platers represent 16 per cent of licence holders yet they account for around 30 per cent of serious road trauma. Some of the underlying causes of road crashes and fatalities among young people are: inexperience, poor cognitive skills, overconfidence, poor hazard perception, risk taking behaviours and alcohol use.

NRMA Safer Driving School can make a difference and our aim is to develop the current generation of young drivers as the safest yet.

What makes NRMA Safer Driving School different?

The NRMA has been the leading advocacy group for motorists since 1920. It has always been passionate about road safety - safer cars, safer roads and equally important, safer drivers!

The teaching of safe driving techniques is a key differentiator from our competitors. Our unique curriculum is specifically designed to help young people survive on the roads by building a lifetime of good driving habits. All lessons are structured to offer quality education outcomes.

An NRMA Driver training program guarantees quality and consistency. Our instructors have undergone a rigorous selection process to meet rigid quality standards and intensive re-training by the NRMA to make them experts in their field. Elsewhere, the quality of lesson delivery varies markedly from school to school as instructors are usually independent contractors who teach as they see fit, without the benefit of the NRMA Curriculum and without the same opportunity to update their skills. Unlike other schools, NRMA Safer Driving School instructors are required to undertake regular re-training and are subject to periodic quality assessment checks.

When comparing driving schools, be aware of the lesson time. Many schools provide only a 45 or 50-minute lesson. This can be deceiving when comparing value for money. Ensure your child's lesson is a one-on-one lesson and not shared between 2 - 4 other customers. At NRMA Safer Driving Schools, we provide a minimum full hour of individual tuition.

We offer a balanced training program that is presented in a logical and progressive way. Each component is delivered with detailed explanation and demonstration by an NRMA instructor, prior to the customer practically applying the lesson. Through engaging young people in a friendly and nurturing manner, we create a positive learning environment.

How do we create better, safer drivers?

There are many factors contributing to the P-plate crash statistics, however, a major component is inexperience and an inability to anticipate what could go wrong in any situation. P-plate drivers place a lot of faith in the road rules and stand by what should happen and are therefore unprepared for the unexpected. We educate them in what can happen to prepare them for their solo experience.

We have ensured that our Curriculum addresses the skills needed to avoid the five major crash types by providing the learner with the underpinning knowledge of why and how these collisions happen and the strategies they can implement to avoid being involved in them. If the learner implements these skills in their everyday driving, they will be better prepared to avoid 89% of P-plate collisions.

Unfortunately many Australians view professional driver training only as a step towards passing the licence test. In most overseas countries, it is seen as an essential safety pre-requisite before any young driver takes control of a car.

NRMA Safer Driving School aims to:
  • Improve the quality of driving instruction
  • Promote quality driver training as a worthwhile investment in young people and increase the number of  learner licence holders that take lessons and the number of lessons per customer
  • Promote an awareness of driver training in high schools
  • Change consumer attitudes towards safer, low risk driving
  • Have a positive impact on the crash statistics for young licensed drivers.

How many lessons will my child require?

Every customer is unique and learns at a different pace. For NSW customers the first lesson provides the instructor with the opportunity to assess ability level and is then in a position to structure an individual program tailored to the student's training needs. The NRMA Safer Driving School instructor will then be in a position to estimate the number of lessons required. For ACT students completing the logbook the number of lessons required will be at least 7 and as many as 15, although it is common to require 10 lessons to complete the process.

Our aim is to produce safe independent drivers and to teach skills beyond those required to obtain your Ps. We offer a comprehensive curriculum covering over 40 topics to ensure each aspect of low risk driving is introduced in a sensible manner. Delivering the full curriculum will take approximately 14 hours. Individual adaptability to driving varies considerably and the level of support provided in the way of home practice and supervising driver involvement in the process will be instrumental to the rate of progress. Depending on the customer's ability and existing knowledge the need to deliver the full curriculum will vary.

What feedback do you get from potential customers?

Recent research undertaken by the NRMA indicated several key elements customers look for in a Driving School:

  • Trustworthy operator
  • Convenience
  • Professional endorsement
  • A high chance of passing the test
  • A better than standard level of driver training.

We address each of these needs through the following key attributes of our business:

  • A constantly updated safety-based curriculum, individually tailored to each customer's needs
  • A focus beyond getting your Ps
  • We focus on genuine low risk driving techniques; crash avoidance, hazard perception, decision making
  • Free Roadside Assistance & other benefits to 16-20 year olds through NRMA Free2go
  • Exclusive Member discounts for bulk lesson purchases
  • The sharing of more than 90 years of motoring knowledge and experience
  • Extensive initial and on-going instructor training
  • Minimum instructor conduct standards - annual 'Working With Children' Checks
  • Our schools use only current model dual-control cars (auto and manual) that carry at least a 4-star ANCAP Rating
  • Pick up and drop off from locations convenient to customers.

Will an advanced driving course help my learner driver?

Advanced driving courses are usually one day events located away from public roads. The NRMA does not recommend these courses for anyone under 25 years of age as they can build over-confidence, and there is some evidence of increased crash risk for younger drivers.

The courses often claim to make drivers safer, but they can have the opposite effect. Male drivers under 25 years of age, who are already over-represented in road fatality figures, are particularly at risk after attending such courses.

Many young people come to grief when they try to apply newly-learned high end car control skills on public roads. Drivers often become overconfident and more aggressive after attending these courses. Any kind of training experience will tend to be ineffective if the skills learned aren't applied regularly and it may be several years before a learner encounters a situation where they need to call on the manoeuvring skills that these programs focus on.

Racetracks and public roads are two completely different driving environments and young people often have difficulty drawing a distinction between the two.

Advanced driving courses can be fun but are better suited to mature drivers over 25 or those who are keen on amateur motor sport.

Low risk driving techniques are built into the NRMA Safer Driving Program. We teach young drivers how to react in all real world driving situations so they don't have to rely on emotional responses and undeveloped skills.

Do you just train learner drivers?

No. We offer driving tuition to a number of other market segments:

  • Training in conversion from auto to manual vehicles
  • Preparatory training for senior drivers entering the re-testing phase beyond 85 years of age
  • General driving assessments for licensed drivers looking for an objective assessment of their driving competence
  • Learners learning later in life. It is not uncommon to start to learn in your 30s, 40s, 50s or even later. Our approach in flexible to learners of all ages.
  • Driver assessments and low risk driver training for Corporations and other organisations

Are there any NRMA Member offers?

Yes. From October 1 2011, all NRMA Members receive a free 1-hour driving lesson for every 9 hours of paid and completed lessons taken from this date.


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