How to Get a Driving Licence in South Australia

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The following outlines the process of obtaining a driver’s licence in South Australia. The process to get a South Australian driver’s licence is: learner’s permit provisional driving licence stage P1 provisional driving licence stage P2 full licence. Learner’s Permit Test To get a Learner’s Permit (car class) you must be 16 years or older and pass a theory test (once known as a written driving test) which can be taken … Read More

Driving in South Australia for Overseas Visitors

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Overseas licence holders Temporary visitors, students and workers Students, visitors and those who are working in South Australia on current temporary visas are permitted to drive with an overseas licence as stated below only while that licence is current. If that licence expires, you are required to obtain a South Australian driver’s licence. If you hold a current overseas driver’s licence of a particular class you may drive a vehicle … Read More

Defensive Driving Basics

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The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, ANSI/ASSE Z15.1, defines defensive driving skills as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. A simpler definition is for a defensive driver – a driver who will do everything possible to avoid a collision. Learning to drive isn’t only about learning how to handle a vehicle and obeying road rules. Defensive driving is an essential … Read More

Steering Wheel Technique: Which is the Best?

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The two most important considerations when steering a motor vehicle are Steering Wheel Grip and Steering Wheel Technique. Steering Wheel Grip Rules Position your hands on the steering wheel so they’re able to exert maximum leverage when needed without resting your arm on the door. On straight roads, your hands should settle into an effective position on the steering wheel – ten to two or quarter to three, only tightening … Read More

What Do Driving Instructors Fail You On?

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Here is a list of common road law breaches that will result in immediate failure of your practical driving test (VORT)…Moving off from the kerb:Failing to signal for five seconds when moving off from a stationary positionStop signs:Failing to stopFailing to stop behind the stop lineStraddling the lane lines:Moving across a lane line (even just a little bit) without signaling/signaling long enough and giving way to traffic in the other … Read More

Common VORT Mistakes

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Common faults that students commit when taking the Vehicle On Road Test: Mirror faults (M): Failing to check the centre mirror prior to signalling or braking Signal faults (S): Failing to signal for a reasonable time before slowing to turn Approach faults (A): Approaching an intersection to turn too quickly causing the vehicle to go around the corner roughly or not allowing sufficient time to make observations prior to the … Read More

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