In Eltham, as in the rest of greater Melbourne, Victoria and Australia, earning a driving license is a challenging part of becoming an adult. It can help shy teenagers find a sense of confidence, competence and self reliance. It can also help to bring overconfident young people down to earth. That’s because today, earning a full driving license generally means spending at least a year – often two years – as a learner driver, and at least three years on probationary licenses.
As learner drivers, young people must clock 120 fully documented hours of practice accompanied by fully licensed referees, including at least 10 hours of night driving. The days when teenagers were almost routinely granted driving licenses and then had to learn to drive competently on the fly, often making dangerous mistakes in the process? They are over. The government, in an attempt to make the roads safer, has instituted much stricter rules. Not only do new drivers have to accumulate over a hundred hours of driving experience, they also have four tests to pass.
First, there’s the written test. It’s based on the Road to Solo Driving Handbook, and it tests the beginning driver’s knowledge of traffic laws and other basics. Then, there’s the vision test. Finally, the new driver must pass a computerised hazard perception test and a practical driving test. It’s no wonder that so many people are searching for a reputable driver training school. It’s more important than ever to find a skilled, experienced and fully qualified driving instructor. Eltham residents need look no further than HiWay Driving School. Their website has all the information needed to start the process, and they’re close by and have quite a few students from Eltham.