Monthly Archives: November 2012
The practical driving test in Queensland is held at Queensland Transport offices.
You will need
- to arrive early, at least 10 mintues
- to have completed an application form, which you can download here
- provide evidence of your identity – listed here
- have the use of an acceptable vehicle – it is a good idea to book a driving lesson on the day of your test and ask the instructor if you can use their vehicle for the test
- your current Queensland drivers licence
- to correctly display your L-Plates
The test will take approximately 35 minutes and when you pass you will be issued with a P1 drivers licence which you will have for the next 12 months and you will need to display red P plates on your vehicle.
At the end of the 12 months you will then need to pass a hazards perception test to obtain you P2 driver’s licence which you will have for the next 2 years and you will need to display green P plates on your vehicle
By the age of 22, if you started all this when you were 16 and you didn’t have a break, you will be issued with an Open licence.
So you have finally logged 100 hours in your log book and you want to lodge it so that you can book your driving test, well of course there are things to do before you go to the post office.
Make sure you have;
- Your Log book completed, signed and totalling 100 hours
- Your Driving experience declaration completed – you can download on here
- You are 17 years old
If you used the eLogbook with RACQ you can print it, sign the declaration and submit it.
Now that you have all your paperwork completed you are ready to go line up at your local Australia Post office where you will be given a receipt as proof of lodgement.
Your book will now be sent to the Department of Transport and Main Roads for assessment and you will be notified of the result by your chosen notification method which you selected when you completed the Driving experience declaration. Your choices were mail, email, SMS or phone.
Once you have received notification that your log book has been passed you proceed to your driving test. You can book your test online or by calling Queensland Transport on 13 23 90. You can also book your test in person.
If you are in an accident
- Get as much information about the other driver as possible.
- Never admit it was your fault that is for your insurance company to determine.
- Take photos of everything, the impact, the other persons rego number, their licence (check the back as well)
- Write down the location, time & date of the accident
- Get the details of any one that may have witnessed the accident.
AAMI has recently bought out a great app called AAMI Claim assist and I’m sure it won’t be long before all insurance companies have a similar app. The idea of the app is that you can record all the details of the accident at the scene and lodge your claim.
Everyone should know about insurance, it’s not complicated but some people do get very confused.
In most states when you register a car you pay for Compulsory Third Party insurance this covers any one that is injured in an accident but doesn’t cover any damage that you may do to property like buildings or other cars.
To insure for property damage there are three to choose from;-
- Third party property damage only: this cover any damage that you do but not any damage to your car
- Third party fire & theft: this again covers any damage that you do but also covers your vehicle if it is stolen or burnt.
- Comprehensive: this covers any damage that you do and any damage to your car
Question: what if someone damages my car but I only have Third Party property damage? You will need to contact the other person for their insurance company details or have the other person pay for the damage.
If is a good idea to know the basics about cars before you get behind the wheel or get your Ps, this way if your car breaks down you are equipped to make minor repairs before you have to call for roadside assistance. The RACQ Learn2go website has a list of the basics you need to know
Here are some basic safety checks that everyone can do.
- Check that all exterior lights are working. This can easily be done when parking in the garage at night by checking the reflection against the walls.
- Check that glass surfaces are clean and free from chips, cracks and scratches.
- Check that the windscreen wipers and washers operate efficiently.
- Check the wiper rubbers are secure and in good condition.
- Test the handbrake to ensure it ‘holds’ the car on steep hills.
- Check the condition of the seat belts for wear, and ensure the seat belt locks when you pull hard on it.
- Check tyre pressure and tyre condition including tread depth, which should always be at least 1.5mm across the entire tread width.
- Under bonnet checks should include oil and fluid levels. Including battery water level, windscreen washer fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid and brake and clutch fluid.
Car Care Course
If you would like to learn how to best look after your car and are unsure how to change a flat tyre, check the oil, look after your battery or other general maintenance requirements the RACQ have a Car Care Course to put you back in control.
A one-day course is held on selected Saturdays in Brisbane.
Phone: (07) 3666 9760
Fax: (07) 3890 8806
If you are looking for an accredited driving instructor near you the Keys 2 Drive website can help you and they are currently offering a free driving lesson.
Or any fully licenced driver can take you for a lesson.
The log book is where you will record all your driving lessons, whether they be for 5 minutes or 5 hours. You can see an example at Queensland Transport website.
And of course I have done my research and you can complete one online at the RACQ’s Learn2go website.
You will need to register as a learner and your parents will have to register as a supervisor but then all the hard stuff like totalling all those 5 minute drives will be done for you.
On this website I found out that once you have completed my 100 hours, and you have turned 17, you can to lodge my log book at Australia Post office at least 12 business days before my driving test.
That means that you won’t be able to sit your driving test on your Birthday but you can lodge your log book on that day.
So you passed the test now what?
In Queensland you would have left the Queensland Transport office not only with your fresh new licence but you would have been given your ‘Roadtrip to your licence’ kit and a learner logbook, before you set out for your first lesson you will need to read these. So of course I did and I did my own research
Did you know?
To get your Ps you need to
- Have a Learners Licence before you can take your first driving lesson.
- Have a Learners Licence for 12 months.
- Have recorded a minimum of 100 hours in a log book
- Must be 17 years old.
Yes that says 100 hours of driving in your log book before you can do a driving test for your Ps, and 10 of those hours need to be at night, luckily you have 3 years to complete your 100 hours. Now there is a loop hole;
It’s called Triple time
- A One hour lesson with an accredited driving instructor is worth 3 hours in your log book.
- You can record a maximum of 10 hours in triple time totalling 30hours.
So then you just need to do another 70 hours of driving with your parents or another fully licenced driver to be eligible to get your Ps
The Queensland Transport’s website advises that you should familiarise yourself with the basic controls of the car before you hit the road
Once you think you are ready you need to go to your local transport authority, mine is Queensland Transport and sit the Learners Permit Test but before you go you will need to have the following ready as well.
- You need to be 16 years old
- You need to have completed the Application form – you can download a copy here
- You will need Evidence of your identity – a list can be found here
- You need to be medically fit to learn to drive
- You will need money to pay for your licence
Once you have checked everything off the list you are ready to go
For each state there is a different roads and transport authority so I have listed each one below with a link to the relevant website.
One website that I found in my search for information was Keys2drive which has information for all states and territories in Australia but information can change so always rely on the state website first.
For each state you need to be 16 to get your learners:
- ACT – you need to be 15 and 9 months
- TAS – you need to be 15 and 11 months