Safer Drivers Course

The Safer Drivers Course helps young drivers on their Ls prepare for driving solo when they graduate to provisional licences.

The course teaches you how to reduce road risks by developing safe driving behaviour, and includes ways to cope when you have your mates in the car or if you're running late.

It's also designed to help you understand more about speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances, which your parents, supervising drivers or professional driving lessons may not have covered.

To attend a course you need to:

  • Be aged under 25 years old
  • Have completed at least 50 log book hours of actual on-road driving (not counting any 3-for-1 bonus hours)
  • Some of those hours need to include night driving.

Earn credit hours

As well as becoming a safer driver, you will earn a bonus 20 hours log book credit once you complete the course, so you only need to finish 100 hours of supervised driving outside the course.

The course has been designed for a learner to attend once, so the 20 hours of bonus log book credit will only be deducted once.

The 3-for1 bonus also applies if you take structured lessons with a licensed NSW driving instructor.

Learner driver activity Credit Supervised driving hours Log book total
Safer Drivers Course 20 hours 100 hours 120 hours
10 hours of professional lessons 20 hours
This is in addition to the 10 hours spent driving during the lessons. Professional lessons totalling more than 10 hours will not provide additional credit.
100 hours 120 hours
Safer Drivers Course and 10 hours professional lessons 40 hours 80 hours 120 hours

Cost

The course costs $140, which includes a 3 hour group discussion with other learners, and a 2 hour coaching session in a vehicle, along with another learner.

Pay this fee direct to the course provider, not to Roads and Maritime.

Disadvantaged learners may be eligible to attend a course for free.

Find a course

The Safer Drivers Course is available in almost 250 locations across NSW. 

Find a Safer Drivers Course provider near you, or view a list of all providers.

Contact your chosen provider directly to book your place.

Disadvantaged learner drivers - free course

The NSW Government offers 1000 free places on the Safer Drivers Course each year to help young learner drivers from disadvantaged backgrounds and Aboriginal communities. This allows people who are financially disadvantaged the opportunity to benefit from the road safety outcomes of the Safer Drivers Course.

To be eligible for a free place you need to:

  • Hold a valid learner licence
  • Be aged under 25 years
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 log book hours of actual on-road driving (excluding any 3-for-1 bonus hours) and should include night driving
  • Hold a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services – Centrelink.

To apply for a free place you need to contact a course provider to enrol in a course. They will ask you to complete a Safer Drivers Course Concession Application Form. You also need to present a copy of your Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card to the course provider.

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