Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What role should a parent/experienced driver play?
A: VAN Drivingschool believes that training
a novice driver is a three way partnership between the learner, professional
driver training from VAN Drivingschool ,
Driving School and private practice with their parents or experienced drivers
from friends or family.
Practice is vital and the minimum target of 120 hours requires an investment
of time and patience by all!
But remember there is a marked difference between learning the skills of
proper driving, and practicing that skill.
Q: Should I teach my child to drive?
A: Before you decide to teach anyone to drive, you should ask yourself
the following questions:
- Do I have the patience to do this properly?
- Am I up to date with all the current road laws?
- Do I understand the best order in which to teach driving skills?
- Can I recognise areas of weakness?
- Do I know the best training strategies to address specific areas of
- Do I have any bad driving habits that I might pass on?
- Am I confident that I would be able to pass a current license test myself?
- Can I explain all facets of the licensing process to the person I am
- Do I have an existing relationship with the student that may affect the
- Do I feel I could ensure the learner's safety in a difficult situation?
- Am I confident that I could train the safest possible driver?
If you can answer all these questions to your satisfaction, and you are
willing to devote the time to the task, you are on the way to becoming a driver
trainer! Usually people who take on this task most successfully have a teaching
If you decide to do this, we are happy to offer final lessons to assess your
students’ readiness and ability to achieve our learner driver’s pre-test
Q: How many lessons will I need to learn to drive?
A: Every learner has different learning abilities, different needs and
situations and varying levels of previous experience. That’s why we tailor all
lessons to your individual requirements. However, it’s usually possible to teach
a complete novice to drive in approximately 10-14 lessons. Learners with
previous driving experience may require fewer.
It’s important to remember that driving involves combining theory with
physical skills and judgment. Like many sports requiring co-ordination, some
people find these skills easier and therefore faster to acquire.
The speed at which people can learn how to become good drivers is not
necessarily directly related to academic ability.
Q: How long is each lesson?
A: A lesson lasts 45 minutes beginning and ending at mutually agreed
locations (usually your home, school or work). Where a 45 minute lesson is too
restrictive a double lesson (90 minutes) can be booked. Lessons are booked in
advance. The first lesson or two are usually singles, since you are likely to be
learning in quieter back streets, before you take the next steps onto the more
advanced skills which require more complex traffic conditions, where often a
single lesson is less viable.
Q: Should I learn to drive in an automatic or manual car?
A: This depends upon your individual circumstances and the cars you
are likely to be able to practice in, but here is some information which may
help you make your decision.
Automatic cars are usually easier to learn to drive, (which means fewer
lessons), as they have no gears or clutch pedal to confuse matters. However, if
you get your automatic license you can only drive automatic cars while you have
a probationary license in Victoria (or in some states not at all). This doesn’t
worry many drivers, while others who learn in automatics use it to get their
license quicker, build up their confidence, and then convert to manual by having
another driving test some time later when they feel more comfortable.
Manual cars are usually cheaper to buy and repair than automatics.
Drivers with a manual license can also drive automatics at any time.
Q: What are the advantages of double lessons?
A: Double lessons can be a more efficient use of time if you are
travelling to a different area to practice in special conditions – heavier
traffic for example. Many people also find double lessons far more effective
because they can learn more at once.
Q: What is the Learner Log book?
A: Vic Roads issues learner log books, which require the learner
driver to record information such as the number of hours of driving, the types
of roads driven on, the road conditions and details of the supervising
driver. VAN Drivingschool can show you how to
use the log book.
See more details on the Vic Roads website or download the Learner Log Book Information Bulletin and Checklist.