P Plater crash avoidance
Below some practical 'tactics' to reduce a P plate driver's risk of crashing.
Some of the tactics place a big responsibility on you, but it’s worth the effort when you consider the consequences of not accepting the task.
|Tactic for Learner Driver||What you both can do|
|Stay on L's for as long as possible. Delay getting P's||Negotiate a reward for staying on L's; continue to be a 'taxi'; help to work out transport options; ask friends or family to help out with driving practice.|
|Keep focused on the target - six months zero harm||Negotiate rewards for making safe progress towards six months on P plates with zero harm, or consequences for not making safe progress.|
|Drive supervised even on P's||Drive in the P plate driver's car; continue to invite them to drive you in your car.|
|Get real about P readiness||Ask a Keys2drive accredited driving instructor for a P plate ready assessment. If you want to have a go at making an assessment together with your learner driver, use the P plate ready indicator|
|Stay within experience||Help provide your learner wide experience on L's. Encourage them to drive within the range of L experiences and then gradually widen P experience.|
|Drive with room for error||Encourage your learner to:
|Keep thinking like a learner when on P's||Continue to encourage deep experience – your P plater will benefit from thinking like a learner driver and begin to notice smaller and smaller mistakes.|
|Drive in a safer car||Your learner should buy a car with the highest ANCAP star rating they can afford. When the risk to the P plate driver could be higher, e.g. driving at night, let them borrow your car if it's a safer one.|
|Drive to use less fuel||Help your learner learn how to drive to use less fuel. Generally it's safer because you have to think further ahead and drive more smoothly.|
|Manage special P plate driver risks||Some situations are identified as particularly risky for P platers. Advise these management tactics: