Sydney Inner North NRMA Safer Driving School

Safer Drivers Course

NRMA Safer Driving School is at the forefront of safer driver education.

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About us

Whether you've just got your L's, want to refresh your driving skills or need to sit a seniors assessment, we can help.

Our best practice curriculum focuses on low risk driving techniques to assist students to become safer drivers for life and not to just pass their driving test.

We appoint only the highest quality driving instructors, each of whom undergoes additional training to meet NRMA Safer Driving School's quality standards. Regular re-training programs ensure that all NRMA driving instructors are fully abreast of changes in industry practice and modern education techniques.

We offer driving lessons for drivers at any stage of the license process - any age and any level of driving ability. We tailor your lesson to the skills you want to focus on.

NRMA uses the latest vehicles with 5 star ANCAP rating and dual controls for your safety.

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Lesson pricing

Lesson length varies from 60 minutes to 3 hours depending on individual needs, with a 90 minute ongoing driving lesson highly recommended allowing time to review previously taught competencies and introduce new material with sufficient time to practice.
For Learner Drivers
90 minute lesson (initial driving lesson)

A requirement for learner drivers who have not previously had a lesson with an NRMA safer driving instructor. The 90 minute lesson is designed to allow appropriate time to determine the Students knowledge, current skill and confidence level so a tailored program can be developed to suit their needs.

$115.00 for 90 minute lesson

Lesson prices vary according to location and number of lessons purchased.

60 - 180 minute lesson (subsequent driving lessons)

For learner drivers who have already had an initial driving lesson with an NRMA safer driving instructor. Ongoing lesson duration can vary in length depending on lesson outcome requirements. Longer sessions can also assist in managing busy schedules. Your instructor can best advise on your individual requirements. All lessons regardless of duration are structured and tailored to suit individual needs.

$79.00 for 60 minute lesson

$115.00 for 90 minute lesson

$152.00 for 120 minute lesson

$226.00 for 180 minute lesson

150 minute Licence Test

For learner drivers who are taking their P's test with the RMS (formerly RTA) in an NRMA car this special lesson provides a 60 minute practice session for the test immediately preceding the test, you're instructor will wait while you take the test in the NRMA car and return home with you.

$189.00 for 150 minute Licence Test
Safer Drivers Course

Available to NSW learners under the age of 25 who have completed at least 50 hours on-road driving hours in their learner logbook. These hours do not include those accrued through (3 for 1) structured professional instruction.

This course aims to help young learner drivers be safer on the road once they receive their provisional licence. Completion of the course will result in a 20 hour reduction in the learner logbook. Find out more here

$140.00 incl. GST


Refresher Lessons & Licence Re-Testing/Assessment
90 minute Refresher Lesson plus Senior Assessment

The preferred options for most seniors who want to brush up on their current knowledge and feel more relaxed prior to the assessment. The first half of the session is used as the refresher and may incorporate both theoretical and practical components, as required. The second half is structured with the formal assessment process and feedback.

60 minute Senior Assessment

Ideal for seniors who are very confident in their driving skills and road rule knowledge. The 60 minutes will be in the form of a formal driver assessment with very limited 'warm up' time.

60-90 minute Refresher Lesson

Great for anyone who wants to freshen up their driving skills and update their road rule knowledge at any stage in their driving lifecycle. The refresher can also target specific areas of concern as requested.

$76.00 for 60 minutes

$108.00 for 90 minutes

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FREE Roadside Assistance for 16 - 20 year olds

NRMA Free2go Membership is specifically designed for the needs of 16 to 20 year olds who are learning to drive or have their licence.

Free2go offer Members personal Roadside Assistance 24/7, 365 days a year. This means that the NRMA will be there to help if the car you are travelling in has a problem, even if it's not your car* and you are a passenger.

Plus you get access to all the extra benefits of NRMA Membership, including discounts on motoring and lifestyle products and services, special offers, exclusive competitions, free motoring advise and much more.

Membership is free for the first year if you're 17-20 years old or free for 2 years if you're 16 years old. Find out more about Free2go here.

*excludes Taxi's.

NRMA Member offer

NRMA Members are able to take advantage of our exclusive Member offer by purchasing a package voucher directly through their instructor.

  • 5 hour lesson voucher - receive 5% off*
  • 10 hour lesson voucher -  receive 10% off* 

Please note that some promotional lessons and products may exclude the NRMA Member offer.

*Offer is for 5 or 10 hour ongoing lesson vouchers purchased either directly with your instructor or online. Each voucher is applicable to one instructor only and is not transferable between instructors. Visit our terms and conditions page for full lesson and NRMA Member offer terms and conditions including our cancellation policy.

Free keys2drive lesson

NRMA Safer Driving School is actively involved in keys2drive, Australia's largest national driver safety program for beginner drivers.

Funded by the Australian Government, keys2drive is a youth road safety program which provides learner drivers and their parent/supervisor with a FREE 60 minute session with an accredited driving instructor.

NRMA Safer Driving School has accredited keys2drive instructors who can deliver this free session. See profiles for instructors able to conduct this lesson.


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Instructor profiles

Meet the team at NRMA Safer Driving School, Inner North:  
Carol Eccleston  

Carol has a long career as a successful Executive Assistant in a number of diverse industries.

With many years of experience working in team environments and in one on one roles for senior management, Carol is a skillful and clear communicator at all levels. She is professional and a highly organised individual who takes pride in her work. Her aim is always to deliver the best possible result. Carol is friendly, caring and approachable. She is able to adapt her teaching to suit every individual. As a mother to a teenager, she understands young adults, their needs and how to motivate them to achieve. Her priority is to coach each student to acquire confident driving skills and an understanding of the importance of safe driving.

Carol enjoys keeping fit and healthy. She loves reading and is passionate about the arts. She regularly attends concerts and the theatre.

Carol Eccleston NRMA
Ben Romdaine   

Ben became an NRMA Safer Driving School instructor in January 2009.

His focus is on developing independence amongst his students and has obtained great satisfaction over the years seeing his student's progress to become safe, independent drivers.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his young family and involves himself in baseball & soccer.

Ben is accredited to conduct keys2drive and Senior Refresher lessons and has a Cert IV in Transport & Logistics (driving instructing).


  • Keys2drive accredited instructor
  • Safer Drivers Course coach
  • NSW Older driver assessor
Patrick O'Connor   

Patrick has been a driving instructor for 6 years and in keeping with his personality, has developed a relaxed and friendly style of teaching.

Patrick's main aim is that his students feel comfortable, safe and relaxed not only during the learning to drive journey but also when they have their licence. Patrick structures each lesson according to the needs of the individual student.

Patrick is able to conduct Senior Refresher lessons and has a Cert IV in Transport & Logistics (driving instructing).


  • Safer Drivers Course facilitator
  • Safer Drivers Course coach
  • NSW Older driver assessor
  • Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation - University of Sydney
  • Certificate in Deafness Awareness - Deaf Society of NSW
Karen Poynton    

Karen has been a driving instructor for 5 years. She prides herself in always maintaining strong relationship with her customers who return to her as an instructor time and time again.

Karen says: "I see myself as a practical, natural teacher with great patience. I always like to make sure the students understand. I am always inventing different ways to explain even the simplest concepts. I find I learn lots from my students as well and I love the end result, seeing a confident, skilled and safe driver obtaining their licence."

Karen is able to conduct Senior Refresher lessons and has a Cert IV in Transport & Logistics (driving instructing).


  • Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation - University of Sydney
  • Certificate in Deafness Awareness - Deaf Society of NSW
Jackie Dadlani   

As an NRMA-trained driving instructor, Jackie finds it extremely satisfying to teach his students how to become safe and competent drivers.

Jackie enjoys sharing his knowledge and understanding of low risk driving techniques and communicating the importance of safe driving to his students. He has a relaxed and patient manner which creates a calm learning environment which assists in achieving good driving outcomes.

Jackie has a great rapport with his customers and enjoys teaching students of all ages.

When not working Jackie enjoys playing badminton.

Jackie has a Cert IV in transport and logistics (driving instruction). 

Jackie instructs in the City & Eastern suburbs, Inner North, and the Northern Beaches.


  • Keys2drive accredited instructor
  • Safer Drivers Course coach
  • NSW Older driver assessor

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Testimonial 1:

"On my first attempt to learn to drive (2007), my nerves and lack of confidence got the better of me and I decided to give up. It wasn't until 2011 that I decided to give it another go, this time with Karen as my instructor. Ever since my very first lesson, Karen has been understanding of my particular needs and has consistently encouraged me to persevere and rise above my anxiety of driving. I benefit so much more from her lessons than from any other driving experience I've had, so much so that almost all of my learners hours have been lessons with Karen. Now I look forward to my driving lessons as I know I am improving rapidly and that any mistakes I make will be patiently and expertly explained to me so that I will not make them again. Karen is a friendly, warm and highly qualified driving instructor and I recommend her to anyone who wants to learn to drive well and enjoy their time on the road". Tara Morrissey

Testimonial 2:

"Garna was professional and friendly, and helped me become a safe, comfortable driver as well as passing the test, which I did first time." Pat G

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Locations covered

Suburbs covered by our Inner North driving school are:
Asquith Artarmon Berowra Waters Castle Cove
Chatswood Gladesville Gordon Hornsby
Hunters Hill Killara Lane Cove Lindfield
North Ryde Pennant Hills Pymble St Ives
Thornleigh Turramurra Wahroonga Warrawee

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