Tips & FAQs - Driving Test & Learners

Learner's Permit
The minimum age to obtain your learner’s permit is 16 years old. Your learner's permit is valid for 10 years from the date of issue.

You must hold your learner’s permit for a minimum of 1 year before going for your P’s.

You must be at least 18 years of age before you can sit your P’s.

Learn to Drive Tips
Every learner is different.  Some learn by demonstration and some are visual. It's important to get accustomed to the car that you’re learning to drive in, to be relaxed and to trust your driving teacher.

Everybody gets nervous and often your personality is reflected in your driving. Always make sure you take your time when driving on the road to do simple tasks.

Utilise the services of a professional Driving Instructor when obtaining your Learner's permit to get you started on the right path.  As you progress your driving instructor can teach you more complicated tasks, which will enhance your driving skills and improve your confidence.  A lot of outside influences can affect your driving such as road conditions, other drivers and hazards.  Learners and "P" platers must be 0.00%  BAC

It’s important to learn to drive under all these conditions and practice performing safe driving with a supervising driver or driving instructor in the car.

Driving Test & P Plates
The driving test can be a stressful time for most learners, regardless of age. Being a safe solo driver is your goal and the more experience you can get, the more your driving skills will improve.

Ringwood Driving School believes in creating safe solo drivers based on three key principles:

  1. Teaching based training.
  2. Instruction based training.
  3. Learning Victorian Road Laws.

All drivers under the age of 21 are required to log 120 hours of supervised driving. Learners who have obtained their Learners Permit prior to 1 November 2017 require a minimum of 20 hours night driving and recorded in your learners logbook app (online) as part of the 120 hours.  If you obtained your Learners Permit on or after 1 November 2017 you will require 20 hours of night driving, recorded in your learners logbook app (online) and part of your total 120 hours.

These hours must be recorded in your learners logbook app (online) before being allowed to take the driving test.

Getting to know the procedures for the VicRoads Driving Test will also help you get familiar and confident for your test day.

Visit VicRoads Drive Test Checklist here;

To book your driving lessons use our live booking calendar, or feel free to contact us on 0422 871 167 with any queries.

Hazard Perception Test
The Hazard Perception Test is a prerequisite for the driving test and obtaining your P Plates.

You must be at least 17 years and 11 months before you can sit the Hazard Perception Test. The HPT is an observation hazard-based test, which can only be performed on a computer at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.

It must be completed in 45 mins and you are presented with 28 different driving scenarios taken from a driver’s perspective. You must score at least 54% to pass.

The hazard perception test checks that you can recognise and react to a variety of hazards and provides more information about your ability to drive safely. The HPT helps you focus and work on relevant skills to lower your risk of a crash.

Ringwood Driving School can give you the skills necessary to feel confident going into the Hazard Perception Test and to successfully pass it.

To book your driving lessons use our live booking calendar, or feel free to contact us with any queries.

Learner Driver FAQs