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An Error That May Trash Your Driving Test - Episode 4 - Highway Driving

Posted on 9 November, 2020 at 4:00 Comments comments (0)

An Error That May Trash Your Driving Test #4 in a series.....Rolling On Down the Highway (thank you Bachman Turner Overdrive!!)

Part of your Provisional Practical Driving Assessment will probably see you taking your car onto a section of road where the Speed Limit for you is at least 80KPH, and maybe as much as 100KPH. Assessors will be looking at how you join and become an integral part of the traffic flow around you.

First up you will need to show you can maintain something cl...

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An Error That May Trash Your Driving Test! - Episode 3 - Speeding!

Posted on 2 November, 2020 at 4:00 Comments comments (0)

An Error That May Trash Your Driving Test!

Number #3 in a series – Speeding!

So what’s the deal with speed or lack thereof in relation to Practical Driver Assessments and, by extension, just driving around?

So what is a speed limit? It is the maximum speed you may drive at, at that location, in near perfect conditions! The key word here is ‘maximum’.

As conditions deteriorate the speed ‘limit’ becomes less appropriate, and that yo...

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Errors That May Trash Your Driving Test - Episode 2 - Cutting Corners!

Posted on 26 October, 2020 at 5:00 Comments comments (0)

An Error That May Trash Your Driving Test!

Number #2 in a series – Cutting Corners!

Cutting the corner is a favourite past-time for many Tasmanian drivers. Do it on your practical driving assessment and it will probably earn you a big black cross on your PDA scorecard.

The position you take in preparation for making a turn, left or right, is so important. Many think it is just a case of wander up to the corner and if its safe, cruise around the corner, its OK to go ...

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Errors That May Trash Your Driving Test - Episode 1 - Right Turns!

Posted on 19 October, 2020 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

An Error That May Trash Your Driving Test!

This is the first in a series of errors new drivers often make during a practical driving assessment.

First up is that right turn at a busy intersection controlled by traffic lights – and no green turn arrow!!! Now even some experienced drivers are a bit hesitant making this turn and are not sure if they are doing it right. So, imagine you are at the intersection of Wellington St and Howick St near Macca’s. You have just com...

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No Driving Tests at LDS!!

Posted on 9 July, 2020 at 23:20 Comments comments (0)

Hi guys....I have had a few queries regarding testing.

LDS does not do PDA's. The only places to do a Practical Driving Assessment, are with Services Tasmania in Charles Street, who have just restarted taking bookings.

And....RACT in Cimitiere Street.

These are the only authorised assessors in Launceston. Check their websites for more info.


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Breaking News!! - as of 9th June 2020

Posted on 15 June, 2020 at 21:15 Comments comments (0)

In my last blog post I mentioned the State Growth initiative to promote Driver Training with the introduction for a short time of the 'Driver Ready Program', in which eligible learner applicants can get a free driving lesson from the Tasmanian Government!.


To be determined eligible to one 'free' lesson - we now have specific eligibility criteria. The program is not open to all learners.

If you do not fall into either group, unfortunately you are not eligible, ...

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State Growth to Introduce a 'Driver Ready' Program!

Posted on 5 June, 2020 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

On April 22, the government removed the requirement for the L2 driving assessment which was designed to support new and current L1 licence holders heading for their P1 license..

This week just gone Launceston Driving School received news of the 'Driver Ready' Program which will, for a short time, assist the driver education industry and learner drvers by providing a free driving lesson funded by the state government.  

The main features of the package include

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'Learner Practical Test Removed To Streamline' - The Examiner, April 23, 2020

Posted on 23 April, 2020 at 2:15

The titile of this page was the title of an article in todays Examiner.  I had heard a whisper that the L2 PDA was probably getting canned, and this article below confirms it. I am guessing it will take effect when the Driving Assessors come back post-Covid 19.

' Learner Drivers on their L1s will not be required to take a practical test to receive their L2 licenses.  The state government made the changes to not disadvantage learner drivers looking to attain their P Plates, ...

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Stuff For L1 Learners

Posted on 21 March, 2020 at 20:00

Edit - this post mentions L2 assessments, which as of April 23/2020, no longer apply.  There is now only one practical Driving Assessment, for Learners, for their P Plates.

Carry your license with you at all times when you are driving.

Only a person with a full current Australian driver's License (not provisional or overseas) who has not had any period of suspension or disqualification in the last 2 years, must be in the front passenger seat as y...

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When will I know I'm ready for my P1 PDA? (

Posted on 2 March, 2020 at 21:20

Straight up, the most important pointer as to your readiness is the amount of 'spare' attention you have available at any one time. 

At the start, your head was probably spinning with all the new information you were taking on board, and at the end of your first few lessons, you were totaaly bushed!  Just about every driver before you has been on that journey just as you are now.  Actually, you are probably getting it a little harder.

The num...

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