Newcastle NRMA Safer Driving School

Safer Drivers Course

NRMA Safer Driving School is at the forefront of safer driver training in the Newcastle Area.

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About us

NRMA Safer Driving School is at the forefront of safer driver training in Newcastle. 

If you want to learn to drive in Newcastle, then the NRMA Safer Driving School is the best place to start.

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. Each has been chosen not only for their skills as professional educators but for their enormous passion for what they do. 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.

Whether you've just got your L's, want to refresh your driving skills or need to sit a seniors assessment, the NRMA Safer Driving School Newcastle can help.

Lesson pricing

NRMA Safer Driving School Newcastle provides local customers with the same "World's Best Practice" training curriculum that is unique to all NRMA driving schools at an affordable rate.

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.

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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.

$72.00 per hour (or part thereof)

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

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 accruded 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 hours. Find out more here.

$140.00 incl GST
Refresher Lessons 
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.

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

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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 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, Newcastle
John Soccio - Manual transmission   
John's passion for road safety is evident through his commitment to his job and his students. He loves a challenge and is driven knowing he is making a difference in the community and in the lives of others.

He particularly enjoys watching his students develop their safe driving behaviours and empowering them with their own decision making skills. He loves the interaction not only with his students but sharing his wealth of knowledge and experiences with their supervising driver to ensure his students get the most out of their learning journey.

John has a calming, caring & patient nature with a pleasant personality his customers enjoy.

As well as Newcastle, John conducts lessons in Port Stephens, Nelson Bay and Tomaree.  

In his spare time he likes to go fishing, watch motor racing and spend time with his family and friends.

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 John Soccio
Gerald Gallagher - Automatic transmission  
Gerald is a great mentor and communicator. He loves working with all walks of life no matter their age, race, or other. He has a calm comforting nature which enables him to be a positive influence on all his students and is committed to working with them in creating an excellent learning experience and outcome.

His extensive background in education and training is an obvious advantage to him within the industry. He said "being a driving instructor is like nothing else, I just love feeling my student's joy when they receive their licence and knowing I have contributed to that joy."

Gerald is a family man with a wife and two young boys. His spare time consists of family activities and the odd sporting game when he has time.

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 Gerald Gallagher
Neil Herrmann - Automatic transmission
Neil is the newest member of our Newcastle team and brings years of experience within driver licencing as a former RMS tester.  His experience extends from car to heavy vehicle testing and therefore he has a sound understanding of his students driving ability and their shortcomings for development.  Neil gets great satisfaction from passing on the knowledge from his years of experience and watching his students develop their safe driving practices.

Neil is very easy going and loves the company of other people. He enjoys his football and is a true follower of both the Newcastle Knights and Jets football teams.  Being a family man, Neil grabs every opportunity he can to spend time with his grandchildren.

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"A massive thank you to Neil for taking the time to teach me how to be a safer driver. Today I passed my P's test and the support that Neil has given me over the last few months is amazing; from supporting me the first time I failed right up to now. On behalf of myself, my mother and my father I would like to thank you guys for making my driving experience amazing and helping me throughout the last couple of months. Five stars to your service!" 
Maddie - August 2015

Neil Herrmann

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A very big thank you to the team at NRMA Safer Driving School for helping me for the last 10 months with my driving. A massive thankyou to Neil Herrmann for taking the time to teach me how to be a safer driver. I passed my P's test and the support that Neil has given me over the last few months is amazing; from supporting me the first time I failed right up to now. On behalf of myself my mother and my father I would like to thank you guys for making my driving experience amazing and helping me throughout the last couple of months. Five stars to your service! Maddie - August 2015

Locations covered

Our driving school offers lessons in:
Aberdare Aberglasslyn Abermain Abernethy
Adamstown Adamstown Heights Allandale Anambah
Anna Bay Arcadia Vale Argenton Ashtonfield
Awaba Balcolyn Balickera Balmoral
Bandon Grove Bar Beach Barnsley Belford
Bellbird Bellbird Heights Belmont Belmont North
Belmont South Bendolba Bennetts Green Beresfield
Berry Park Birmingham Gardens Bishops Bridge Black Hill
Blackalls Park Blacksmiths Boat Harbour Bobs Farm
Bolton Point Bolwarra Bolwarra Heights Bonnells Bay
Boolaroo Booragul Booral Brandy Hill
Brightwaters Broadmeadow Brunkerville Buchanan
Bundabah Buttaba Buttai Butterwick
Callaghan Cameron Park Campvale Cams Wharf
Cardiff Cardiff Heights Cardiff South Carey Bay
Carrington Catherine Hill Bay Caves Beach Cedar Creek
Cessnock Cessnock West Charlestown Chisholm
Clarence Town Cliftleigh Coal Point Congewai
Cooks Hill Cooranbong Corlette Corrabare
Croudace Bay Dora Creek Duckenfield Dudley
Duns Creek Eagleton East Maitland East Seaham
Edgeworth Eleebana Elermore Vale Elrington
Eraring Farley Fassifern Fennell Bay
Fern Bay Ferodale Fingal Bay Fishermans Bay
Fishers Hill Fishing Point Fletcher Floraville
Four Mile Creek Freemans Waterhole Fullerton Cove Garden Suburb
Gateshead Georgetown Gillieston Heights Glen Martin
Glen Oak Glen William Glendale Gosforth
Green Hills Hamilton Hamilton East Hamilton North
Hamilton South Harpers Hill Hawkes Nest Heatherbrae
Heddon Greta Hexham Highfields Hillsborough
Hinton Holmesville Horseshoe Bend Islington
Jesmond Jewells Kahibah Karuah
Kearsley Keinbah Kilaben Bay Killingworth
Kitchener Kooragang Kotara Kotara East
Kotara Fair Kotara South Kurri Kurri Lakelands
Lambton Largs Lemon Tree Passage Lenaghan
Limeburners Creek Little Pelican Lochinvar Lorn
Louth Park Lovedale Loxford Luskintyre
Macquarie Hills Maitland Maitland North Maitland Vale
Mallabula Mandalong Marks Point Marmong Point
Martinsville Maryland Maryville Mayfield
Mayfield East Mayfield North Mayfield West Medowie
Melville Mereweather Mereweather Heights Metford
Metford DC Millers Forest Millfield Mindaribba
Minmi Mirrabooka Morisset Morisset Park
Morpeth Mount Dee Mount Hutton Mount View
Mount Vincent Mulbring Murrays Beach Myuna Bay
Neath Nelson Bay Nelsons Plain New Lambton
New Lambton Heights Newcastle Newcastle East Newcastle University
Newcastle West Nords Wharf North Arm Cove North Lambton
Nulkaba Oakhampton Oakhampton Heights Olney
One Mile Osterley Oswald Oyster Cove
Paterson Pelican Phoenix Park Pindimar
Pinny Beach Pitnacree Pokolbin Rankin Park 
Raworth Raymond Terrace Raymond Terrace East Redhead
Richmond Vale Rosebrook Rothbury Rutherford
Ryhope Salamader Bay Salt Ash Sandgate
Sawyers Gully Seaham Seahampton Shoal Bay
Shortland Silverwater Soldiers Point South Maitland
Speers Point Standford Merthyr Stockrington Stockton
Summer Hill Sunshine Swan Bay Swansea
Swansea Heads Tahlee Tanilba Bay Tarro
Taylors Beach Tea Gardens Telarah Tenambit
Teralba The Hill The Junction Thornton
Tighes Hill Tilligerry Creek Tingira Heights Tocal
Tomago Toronto Torryburn Twelve Mile Creek
Vacy Valentine Wakefield Wallalong
Wallsend Wallsend South Wangi Wangi Warabrook
Waratah Waratah West Warners Bay Webbers Creek
West Wallsend Weston Whitebridge Wickham
Williamtown Williamtown Raaf Windale Windella
Windermere Windermere Park Woodberry Woodrising
Woodville Yarrawonga Park

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