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P plate Ready Indicator

You can arrange to have a P plate ready assessment with a keys2drive accredited driving instructor.

If want to have a go at an assessment together with your parent/supervisor, follow the guide below:

Plan the route

First, plan a structured drive based on a pretend scenario that you might face on your P’s – something that feels more real than driving around aimlessly. Try to combine a range of different driving challenges to deal with along the way.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Go to the cinema, stop by an ATM on the way and then park nearby.
  • Drive to pick up a friend and take them to sports practice. Once at your friend's house remember the friend actually wanted to be picked up from work. Go to the place of work, park nearby and then go to the sports practice.
  • Drive to a cafe, make sure you stop to pick up some shopping on the way. Drive home a different way.
  • Take some relatives for a drive, pick them up at their home, take them to a special place then drop them off somewhere different. Return to pick them up and drop them home.

Predict your performance

Use this chart to predict how you’ll perform. Ask your parent/supervisor or driving instructor to make predictions too.

Experience Learner Driver Parent/supervisor or Instructor

Control the car smoothly

Comply with road rules

Display good driving habits (even when distracted)

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

Remain calm in different situations

Remain calm in complex situations

Remain calm in spontaneous situations

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

I am committed to zero harm target

Act as my own supervisor

Act as my own instructor

Act as my own assessor

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

Assess solo driving performance

Go for your planned drive with your parent/supervisor or driving instructor and ask them to assess your progress using the checklist in Table One. Table Two will assess how well you identify mistakes and reflect on what you could have done differently.  

Ask your parent/supervisor for an honest rating on your performance, and record your results.

Aim to drive mostly without help when you do the assessment - make it as similar as possible to real P plate driving.

TABLE ONE

Primary Task Secondary Task Checklist Rating

Drive for about five minutes towards a planned destination

Adjust radio or CD

Dip mirror for night driving

Move sun visor to shade the driver's side

Adjust air conditioning in vehicle

Clean the windscreen

Speed is steady

Steering is steady

Combined actions are fluent

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

1  2  3  4  5

Change lanes, or drive ahead or right at a multi lane roundabout, or
zipper or highway merge, or come to a left lane that ends

Talk to passengers

Hear a mobile phone ring (prearranged)

Say random numbers between 1 & 21

Checks mirrors before indicating or braking

Indicates for longer than two seconds before steering or braking

Head checks before steering

1  2  3  4  5

 

1  2  3  4  5

 

 

1  2  3  4  5

Change of destination, move from the wrong to the right lane of traffic, get back on track, then enter a street on the right by first turning left, then find the tenth building on the opposite side of the street and park outside it

Describe events in the distance that could affect your safety

Judge another vehicle’s CAS*

Judge your vehicle's CAS*

Slow to a (given) speed without looking at speedometer

 

Driver appears calm and acts quickly when:

Facing an unfamiliar situation

The route, destination or task is changed

Traffic situations become more complex

 

 

1  2  3  4  5

 

1  2  3  4  5

 

1  2  3  4  5

* CAS means Crash Avoidance Space. In good conditions, this is equivalent to a minimum of three seconds travel space between you and any other car.

TABLE TWO

Reflection Task Checklist Rating
Throughout the drive Comment briefly on your mistakes as you make them Seems aware of mistakes made

1  2  3  4  5

At the end of the drive Talk about the mistakes you made in more depth Describes ways to fix the mistakes and explains the role that they played in the incidents

1  2  3  4  5

Use the results

First, compare your predicted ratings with your parent/supervisor's assessment. This will help tell you if you have a realistic sense of where you’re at.

Do they match? If there's a discrepancy, consider why there is a difference. Are there certain areas that need more attention than you thought? Focus on improving these areas and consider taking the assessment again.

Your score

If you rated low (1, 2 or 3) for any skill, your parent/supervisor or driving instructor obviously feels you need to improve it. Have a good think about why these tasks are important to safe driving. Trouble with any of these tasks might suggest that you need to do some more work before transitioning to solo driving.

 

If you rated highly (4's and 5's) for everything, well done. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready for solo driving - that is still something you and your parent/supervisor need to discuss and think carefully about.

 

Be really honest with yourself: Was it an unusual performance? Are you and your parent/supervisor being tough enough judges? Are you truly ready? The P plate ready indicator is an exercise in getting you both thinking hard about this crucial question.

Download the P Plate Ready Indicator (PDF 207kb)