Why You Must Obey The 120 Hours Rule

So you’ve passed your L-Plates test and are excited to get onto the roads; well first of all, congratulations. Although the number of hours varies between Australian states, the Victorian Government has placed a mandatory 120 hours’ worth of experience that is needed for those people under the age of 21 and looking to obtain their P-Plates.

I know what you’re thinking, 120 hours may seem like an awfully long time, that’s going to take forever, however driving is a huge responsibility and must be taken seriously at all times. Spending over an hour per week over two years driving with a supervisor will give you the opportunity to complete the required 120 hours.

Studies have shown that younger drivers with around 120 hours of experience are 30% less likely to crash within their first two years of receiving their licence, as oppose to those who only complete 50 hours.

Having the freedom to drive comes with a duty of care, and is an absolute privilege that must never be taken for granted. Road safety experts have praised Victoria’s compulsory rule, and stay it’s a good way for beginners to gain as much experience as possible.

Like Victoria, those who’ve obtained their learners permit in New South Wales will also have to complete 120 hours’ worth of supervised driving, including 20 hours’ of driving during the night time.

All drivers that are on their L-Plates and those who are on P-Plates must not have any alcohol in their system, and never under any circumstances be under the influence of illegal drugs. Failing to obey the road rules can result in your licence getting suspended, and could jeopardise you chances at becoming fully licenced in the future.

Safe drivers are the ones that take care on the roads and are prepared for all situations that might arise. Confidence and experience stems from spending a number of hours practicing in all types of weather conditions.

For more information about the rules you need to obey while on the roads, visit your states website.

Defensive Driving Course Melbourne

Defensive Driving Course Melbourne or DDCM has been providing courses for drivers who need to complete Magistrates’ Court order ruling for over 10 years in Melbourne. Our courses are the number 1 requested by legal representation and by the Magistrates’ Courts for issues relating to the Criminal Justice Diversion program and all other careless driving matters that have been ruled from the Magistrates’ Court in Melbourne.

We are specialist-driving instructors and assessors for this field (holding certification in Driving Instruction and Training and Assessment) meaning we are both the trainers and assessors for the courses and all training is conducted one on one with the use of our vehicles that have dual controls for peace of mind.

We have been specifically advised from Magistrates’ Court judges in Melbourne to conduct these types of courses on and off road. These courses should only relate to defensive driving aspects for our roads and road rules, not high-speed cornering and chicane work in closed circuits that focus on speedy control and nothing else as many of the other providers of such courses do today.

We conduct on and off road defensive driving courses that cover all defensive driving skills needed to be safe on the roads, as well as avoiding hazardous situations and preventing dangerous collisions with other vehicles and road users. Our priority is to teach prevention of dangerous situations. Remember, defensive drivers use the accelerator to slow down, not the brake!

Some of the skills we cover are:

-Pre-operational safety vehicle checks (basic)
-Correct seat and mirror positioning (in accordance to airbags and gaining  maximum observation)
-Correct hand position including thumb position and safe steering wheel turning methods
-Correct mirror use, where to start from, when to check?
-Blind spot technique, where do we find blind spots around the vehicle? (Including correct head check technique)
-Safe gap selections in traffic, what makes a gap safe to cross or enter traffic flow?
-General observation, where to start from?
-Braking and what it involves? (Perception time, reaction time and stopping distance)
-Speed control, how to always keep within the speed limit?
-Safe Give Way/Stop intersection approach and positioning of vehicle, system of vehicle control
-Roundabout approach, following the lead if safe, entry and exit
-Right/left turns at traffic lights no directional arrows, how to position, where to look , when to go?
-Tramline use (including shared, part time, full time and tramway lines)
-Bus lane use, when to, how to, and why?
-Hook turns, where to position, where to look, when to go?
-Pedestrian traffic/crossings, the law regarding pedestrians on our roads?

-Bicycle lane entry/exist, why use it and when to use it, what should you know about bicycle law and what constitutes sufficient warning for cyclists?
-CBD driving, avoiding danger and collisions and how to keep safe in busy, heavy traffic conditions

-Lane changing in traffic, correct process and how to acknowledge the safest gap selections?
-Reverse parking in between 2 vehicles at a car length, simple easy techniques
-Angle/centre road parking (45°& 90°), rules governing centre road parking and techniques
-Following distance, how to measure, why, what can it do for you?
-Stopping distance, the law regarding stopping behind vehicles on the road
-Space cushions, what are they? What they can do for you in regards to safety
-Freeway entry/exit, lane changing and safe gap selection at high speed in traffic

Finally, we at DDCM know that you are busy and that your time is valuable. We also understand that you know how to drive, so our job is not to teach you how to drive, but to increase your driving knowledge within a short amount of time. Our courses are conducted within 2 hours of your time, which means you can finish up quickly, while learning valuable on road driving skills for life and fulfill your Magistrates’ Court mandatory or voluntary request. Recognised certificates of completion and reports provided at the end of each course.

Go to the experts!

Defense Driving Course

For more information please go to our website www.defensivedrivingcoursemelbourne.com or call 1300 828 920.

Why it’s Important to Have a Professional Teach You to Drive

Congratulations, you’ve just received your learners permit and are now officially on your way to becoming fully licensed. There are many responsibilities that come with being in control of a car; there can be serious consequences if you don’t take care.

Having a professional driving instructor assist you during the early stages is incredibly important; as it’s the skills you learn when beginning to drive that will determine the type of driver you’ll become.



Learning to be cautious and knowing when to spot signs of danger is crucial, as there are always going to be people on the roads who are rushing and taking risks. According to insurance company AAMI, 40% of all crashes are caused by other drivers, so it’s vital that you’re vigilant and aware of the activity going on around you.

Trained driving instructors are a wonderful way to ease into this new journey; driving a car isn’t like taking a walk in the park. There are many different skills needed to feel comfortable in the driver’s seat and a large amount of responsibility. Having a mentor will help you with the fundamentals of driving; from your speed to knowing when to turn, a person of authority will teach you the right way to drive.

Research has proven that learner drivers who increase the time they spend with driving instructors can reduce their crash risk by 30%, during the first two years as a solo driver.

For people under 21 years of age, 120 hours of supervised driving must be completed before attempting to gain a probationary licence in Victoria. If you’re over 21, there is no minimum amount of hours that need to be completed. However it’s recommended that you have as much practice as possible during all types of weather conditions, throughout the day and night.

There is nothing more important than driving safely, it’s crucial that you have as much experience as possible so that you’re prepared to take charge while in the driver’s seat.

If you’re looking for a highly experienced driving instructor to help you get your probationary licence, contact your local driving instructor today.