Driver Knowledge Tests

Tips and advice for vehicle owners and operators

Are you learning how to drive? No matter what age you decide to take on the challenge of becoming a licensed vehicle operator, get ready to study hard, practice your new skills alongside an experienced driver, and then sit for a written and practical test. However, it’s important to remember that there are many different kinds of new drivers, including professionals who are aiming to pass truck driver certification courses, older and disabled people who train on specially designed devices that allow them to operate brakes and accelerators with their hands, and those who just want to get a permit for their off-road electric cart.

Whatever your intentions and goals, here are some of the most relevant reminders and tips to keep in mind as you begin the journey toward obtaining a license or permit. For fleet managers, there are some special considerations, as noted below.

Teens and new learners

If you’re taking the written and road tests for the first time in your life, it is essential to practice the theory online beforehand and get a driving instructor to help with the practical elements. If you fail the theory test, you might have to wait up a while before you can take the theory test again, so ensure you study hard.

A Safer Drivers course will enable you to take 20 hours off your learner logbook requirements for practical driving. A driver instructor’s car is a safe option for practicing driving as there will be two sets of controls (dual controls).

Fleet managers

Fleet managers who work for transport companies have their hands full. Not only do they need to make sure every driver is fully qualified, but they are also responsible for management of the entire fleet. If your job involves overseeing several trucks, having cameras for your fleet can make a huge difference. You can review a guide on how to choose the highest quality dash cams for large or small fleets. That way, if you’re new on the job, you’ll be able to sift through a lot of the confusion about what devices deliver the best value. Of course, there are dozens of other technical systems and programs that keep fleets operating safely and efficiently, but dash cams are one of the most important ones. Others include things like sophisticated GPS trackers and telematics.

Elderly and disabled drivers

Some places require older license holders to take annual eye exams and reaction tests. A few even require full road tests for people over a designated age, for example every second year from 85 in New South Wales if you want to keep an unrestricted licence. If you are disabled and have a specially equipped car or truck, you can take the road test in it. By law, every jurisdiction must accommodate disabled drivers and the elderly. The goal is to make sure that the roads are safe, which is why eye and reaction testing is done.

Darren is an expert on driving and transport, and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists

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