Learning to drive refers to the process of acquiring, through practice, experience and instruction, the skills necessary for operating a motor vehicle. In this process, one acquires familiarity with all aspects of driving a motor vehicle, including getting a driver’s license, driving on city roadways and roads outside the city, parallel parking, passing vehicles, reading traffic signs and signals, learning to drive in inclement weather (such as snow) and driving at night.
Although the minimum age for obtaining a driver’s license generally varies from one country to another and between states of certain countries, most countries allow teenagers as young as 16 years old to obtain a learner’s permit.
From this point, an individual usually has several months (3-6) in which they are required to log sufficient practice hours behind the wheel, during which a fully licensed driver accompanies them. Practising with an experienced driver can enhance one’s ability in anticipating potential hazards and reacting appropriately while driving.
Some countries provide for graduated licensing where new drivers are subject to increasingly restrictive conditions limiting their freedom to drive during certain times of day, often under the threat of a stiff fine. Furthermore, more experienced drivers may be subject to penalties if they are caught driving irresponsibly or violating any conditions imposed during the initial licensing phases.
Each country has different laws for motor licensing, and requirements vary among countries through learning stages different categories. Below is a breakdown of the basic steps to get a driver’s license in Victoria, Australia:
The first step is getting the learner’s permit. Once you turn 16 years old (or sometimes even while still under 15) and pass all written tests and driver skill exams with flying colours, you will be issued your learner’s permit. Consider taking learners practice test VIC to get this permit faster. When you have this document, it means you are allowed to drive under supervision. The permit gives you a few months (6-12) of supervised driving before proceeding to the following licensing stage. Be sure to take learners practice test VIC to have a higher chance of getting the permit.
The majority of states in Australia have graduated driver’s license that requires newly trained drivers to spend a certain number of hours practising with an experienced driver and taking additional lessons before they are allowed to drive without supervision.
The amount of time varies from state to state, but usually, it’s from twelve to eighteen months. Once you have a few years of practice under your belt accompanying an experienced driver, as well as 30 hours of driving lessons and another 15-20 hours practising out on your own with someone over the age of 25 in the passenger seat (or sometimes a parent), you’re ready for the next step.
In some cases, after learning to drive with an experienced driver, one can proceed directly to the stage of full licensing if they have their provisional license. In most cases, though, this involves taking another written test and a practical driving test. This part is when your permit is taken away, and you have deemed a full licensed driver in the state of Victoria, Australia.