Learning how to drive competently and safely is an investment that you have to make once to accomplish a lifetime of safe driving. Statistics show that drivers aged between 17 and 25 years are at a higher risk to be involved in fatal accidents. There are a number of stages that are part of the Accredited Driver Training that you have to go through to get an unrestricted license and the time taken to pass through these stages is 4 years.
The first stage is to obtain a learner’s license. For this you must be 16 years of age and have passed the eyesight test. In addition you must pass the Driver Knowledge Test which is a computer based exam and contains questions on general knowledge, pertaining to driving skills, safety on the road and traffic signs. Preparation for this test can be done by reading the Road Users Handbook. The learner’s license is valid for 3 years.
The next stage in the driver training program is to obtain the provisional P1 license. You are eligible to apply for this once you have held the learner’s license for 12 months and completed 120 hours of driving practice with a supervisor. This driving practice should also include 20 hours of night driving. You are required to pass a driving test to be able to progress to the P1 license stage. During the P1 license stage, your license can be suspended if you receive a total of 4 or more demerit points.
After holding the provisional P1 license for 12 months and passing the Hazards Perception test you can progress to the next stage of driver training i.e. provisional P2 license stage. The Hazards Perception test is a computer based test that has been designed to assess your ability to recognize potentially dangerous road situations and respond in the most appropriate manner. The test uses video clips of real traffic situations and is based on the most common crash types. Your response is recorded by touch screen method. During the P2 license stage, your license can be suspended if you receive a total of 7 or more demerit points.
You must hold the P2 license for a minimum of 24 months and pass the Driver Qualification Test to be able to obtain a full license. This is the last stage of the driver training program. This test is also a computer based touch screen test made of two parts. The first part tests your knowledge of road safety issues and is based on information found in the Driver Qualification Handbook. The second part is a hazard perception test and tests your ability to respond correctly to various hazards. The Driver Qualification Test is a more advanced version of the Driver Knowledge Test that you cleared to get your learner’s license.
The Accredited Driver Training program has been designed to integrate new drivers onto the road safely and make sure that they have the right combination of education, training and practical experience before they step out on the road on their own.