Practical driving experience - learner driver log book

Learner drivers under supervision have a very low involvement in crashes. It is only when they begin to drive solo that their involvement in crashes increases.

Research indicates that learner drivers who increase their supervised on-road experience can reduce their crash risk by 30% in the first two years of solo driving.

Your learner driver log book allows you and your supervising driver to record your driving experience.

You must log at least 120 hours of supervised driving, including a minimum of 20 hours of night driving, before you can attempt the driving test, unless you're exempt. Night driving hours are between sunset and sunrise.

You now have two options to complete your learner driver log book:

  1. Digital learner driver log book apps
  2. Paper learner driver log book.

Digital log book apps

There are 3 digital apps now available to record log book hours. See log book apps for details.

Paper log book

You'll be given a paper log book when you are issued with your learner licence.

If you choose to use the paper book rather than a digital app, make sure you take care of it. If you need a replacement log book, you will need to attend a registry or service centre and pay a replacement fee.

Exemptions

You do not have to complete a Learner Driver Log Book if you:

  • Are aged 25 years or over
  • Previously held a NSW or interstate driver licence, other than a learner licence
  • Previously held an overseas licence, other than a learner licence
  • Hold an overseas licence, other than a learner licence, and are issued with a learner licence after failing one driving test
  • Are specifically exempted by Roads and Maritime Services.

Practice drives planner

The Practice drives planner is available for supervisors, parents and learner drivers to plan on-road driving experiences. The weekly calendar-style planner can be put up on the fridge or on the wall, so that everyone gets a reminder to negotiate dates and times for practice drives.

The planner can also stimulate discussion between the supervisor and learner driver about where to drive and what skills to practice. It helps when negotiating and developing a driving partnership.

Learning goals and learning content can be found in the Learner Driver Log Book.

Remember:

  • Plan for practice on a variety of types of roads with different levels of traffic
  • Ensure the learner driver is getting variety in the time of day
  • Make sure you plan some night drives, preferably later in the process.

Driving lessons with an instructor – 1 hour is worth 3 hours

For every 1 hour structured driving lesson you complete with a licensed NSW driving instructor, you can record 3 hours driving experience in your log book. A maximum of 10 hours of lessons will be accepted and recorded as 30 hours driving experience.

This doesn’t mean that driving lessons with an instructor are compulsory, or that you should stop having lessons once you reach the 10 hour limit, especially if you feel you’d benefit from more lessons.

Driving lessons at night (between sunset and sunrise) count for only 1 hour of night driving. The other 2 hours are added to your day driving hours.

Log it!

If you use a digital log book app, the bonus hours will be calculated by the app when you enter the instructor's details along with your practice drive information.

If you use the paper log book, make sure you record these sessions in your Structured Lesson Record Keeper log book insert.

Recognising interstate experience

If you’ve held a learner licence in another Australian state or territory, we will recognise hours recorded in an interstate learner driver log book, as long as you provide appropriate evidence.

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