Learner Driver FAQs

I thought I would note down a few recent questions that I have been asked, and the answers.  Hope it helps, and please add more questions via the comments at the bottom. Is the Queensland driving test hard? The driving test is not hard it is no different to everyday driving. It is a test…

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5 Reasons To Book Professional Driving Lessons

When it comes to driving lessons, passing your license exam shouldn’t be the only thing you’re worried about. Proper driver training should instil the right skills and attitudes to keep you confident and safe on the road. A lot of would-be drivers chose to get driving lessons from friends or family. Although there’s nothing illegal…

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Why Get Professional Driver Training?

Professional driver training is one of the most important things that you can consider when you are first learning to drive. It is important to be aware of the rules of the road and to know how to control your vehicle. If you want to legally operate a motor vehicle you need to pass both…

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Tips For Driving Safely At Night

Roads that feel familiar during the day will often feel quite different when you’re driving at night. There might be new hazards, and the poor lighting conditions make it more difficult to spot warning signs and road markings. Here are some tips to help you reduce the risks of night driving: Prepare your vehicle. Make…

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How To Change Lanes Safely

Changing lanes is more complicated than it may seem. There are a lot of things to think about, and you’ll also need to thoroughly check the spaces around your vehicle to ensure you’re doing it safely. Follow these steps when switching lanes: Look ahead for hazards such as cyclists, or slow or stopped traffic that…

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How To Perform A U-turn

There’re times when you will need to turn your vehicle around and drive back the way you came. The simplest way of doing this is by performing a U-turn. Here’re the steps to follow when doing a U-turn: Check your mirrors, indicate left and pull in as close to the kerb as possible without touching…

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Downhill Hill Starts (Manual Car)

Hill starts when facing down the hill are a little bit easier as gravity will be working with you rather than opposing you. Being a hill start, however, there’re still a couple of steps you need to follow to ensure you do it correctly and safely. Follow these steps once you’re ready to start moving:…

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Uphill Hill Start (Manual Car)

Hill starts when facing uphill can be a bit challenging in a manual vehicle because gravity will be working against you. For practising this manoeuvre, choose a slope that is not too steep and with adequate space behind you, just in case your car rolls back. Follow these steps once you’re ready to start: Pull…

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Blind Spots – What Are They?

Blind spots are large areas around your vehicle that you can’t see by just looking forward or checking your mirrors. The major blind spots for a car are located along each side slightly behind the driver. Sometimes there are others depending on the vehicle. You can minimise the blind spots for your car by adjusting…

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The 12-second Rule

When you are driving, it’s always ideal to scan the road 12 seconds ahead of you. This means you need to look at where your car will be in the next 12 seconds. It might seem like a long distance, but being aware of what is happening some distance down the road can help you…

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Checking For Hazards When Driving

A hazard is basically anything that you will need to react to in order to avoid an accident. There are 2 types of hazards, hidden and visible hazards. Visible hazards are those that you can easily see such as a cyclist on a narrow road or potholes, while hidden hazards are those that you can’t…

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How To Start a Car

It sounds pretty obvious, knowing how to start a car, but there are a couple of things that you’ll need to remember before you turn the key to ensure a safe and successful engine start. Before you start the car: 1.       Make sure the handbrake is engaged. 2.       Press the clutch until it is all…

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How To Steer A Car

While driving, your hands should always be kept firmly on the steering wheel in the quarter to three position. You should always remember to: Never cross your hands when making turns. Pass the steering wheel from one hand to the other to avoid crossing arms. Hold the wheel firmly but not too firmly. Ensure your…

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Cheap Driving Schools – Do They Exist?

Driving; one of the most important skills you need to learn as an adult. Although important, learning this skill is, however, a bit costly which has led to a lot of people looking for a cheaper way to acquire it. Because after all, everybody loves a good bargain. Cheap driving schools, do they exist? Not…

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Take Proper Care of Your Car Tyres

The importance of maintaining the quality of your tyres Did you know that only 22% of drivers check the condition of their tyres before embarking on a long road journey? Over time, tyres will diminish in quality from usage, and they will diminish in quality much faster if you observe bad driving habits such as…

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Driving Courses – What To look For

Learning to drive is perhaps one of the most important things a person will learn to do in their adult life. There’re several reasons you might be looking to learn how to drive through a professional course,  and it is important that the course provides the skill you were looking to acquire, as well as…

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All Star Driver Training FAQs

Q: What is the ideal first car? A: A small to medium sized car with good all round visibility Q: What to check for when buying a car? A: Mileage, Age, safety features, service history, purchase price, and the running cost Q: Is a car’s safety rating of any importance? A: Yes: We recommend buying…

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Your Driving Instructor: What to Ask

Learning how to drive is an important step in a person’s life, which makes choosing the person to pass on the skills to you equally important. When the time comes to take driving lessons, would-be drivers are bombarded with numerous options when it comes to driving instructors. With so many choices, one can find it…

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Summary of the Queensland Give Way Rules

Road rules are meant to ensure everyone’s safety on the roads. Without them, there would be chaos, lots of injuries and lost lives. It is, therefore, important that we adhere to road rules at all times to ensure both our safety and that of others. One of the most important road rules for everyday driving…

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Driving In the Country: Top Tips

Driving in the country is always exciting: the twisting, winding country roads make for an exhilarating experience. But the truth is, driving on open roads can be quite dangerous too. The unexpected hazards, blind bends, and sharp bends expose you to a greater risk of accidents. Drivers, and especially new drivers, think that when they…

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Learn to Drive In Your Holidays

It’s summer, and if you are in school, it means that you have a couple of weeks  in the new year to spend at home before school resumes. The summer break, if you are over the age of 17, gives you the perfect chance to finally become a licenced driver. Getting a driving licence is…

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Passing Your Driving Test: 5 Tips

Taking your driving test can be completely nerve wracking. You will arrive and feel nervous, worried about failure because many people before you have failed their own driving tests. What can you do to improve your chances of passing your test their first time around? It is important to practice for the correct amount of…

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Drink, Drive, Lose

We have heard it time and time again… “If you drink, don’t drive.” As simple as this concept is, many people continue to do it over and over again because they believe that they are “not that drunk” or that they are “safe to drive”. One drink is one drink too many and every time…

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How a Clutch Works

As a new driver, you have many things to learn about when it comes to controlling your car. Driving a standard vehicle with a gear shift and a clutch is a lot more challenging than driving an automatic vehicle. This is mainly because you need to master car clutch control including the right pressure on…

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Top Tips for Learner Drivers

When you are first learning to drive a car it can be challenging to understand and learn the rules of the road and to drive your vehicle safely. Driving a vehicle can be extremely dangerous if you do not have total control at all times, so being safe and careful is one of the best…

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Changes For Queensland Foreign Licence Holders

Since 1 January 2014 if you hold a foreign licence and you fail your practical driving test, your authority to drive on your foreign licence will be withdrawn and you will need to get your Queensland Learner Licence in order to keep driving in Queensland.  Read more at: http://www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/driver-licensing/overseas/transfer/index.html . Let us know if you need help…

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