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Learning to drive is an important and exciting milestone.

From a free driving lesson to school programs for High Schools & Colleges, RACT provides a range of tools to prepare young drivers for their future driving experience.

High School/College Program

Despite the obvious dangers, texting while driving is a growing trend among motorists of all ages. It is one of the leading distractions contributing to crashes and fatalities on roads worldwide.

RACT runs a road safety program suitable for students in grades 10, 11 or 12. The main objective of the program is to expose students to just how dangerous distractions and inattention can be on our roads.

Classroom session

The first part of the program begins with an in classroom presentation which runs for approximately 20 minutes. This presents an insight into getting a licence, handy hints and tips for inexperienced drivers, as well as some confronting facts, issues and coping strategies for a lifetime of safe driving.

Practical activity

The classroom exercise is followed and complemented by an in-vehicle, practical activity. Students can attempt to send a text message on their mobile while negotiating a driving course. This is all done in an RACT dual-controlled vehicle with a qualified driving instructor. Students may also have an opportunity to try on a set of "beer goggles" which simulate being over the legal BAC. These goggles alter vision, perception and overall spatial awareness.

We believe it is so important to highlight to young drivers, to all drivers really, what can happen if you take your eyes off the road for just a couple of seconds and how texting, amongst other distractions, can seriously impair a driver’s ability to safely control a vehicle.

Feedback from students, supervisory drivers and educators has been outstanding. This is a completely free activity that high schools and colleges are able to participate in. Click here to register your interest.

Keys2Drive

Keys2Drive is a great foundation for lifelong, self-guided learning. The program provides parents and supervisors with a practical coaching approach they can use throughout the learn to drive journey.

Free lesson

A free lesson is provided which brings together the learner driver, the parent/supervisor and a Keys2Drive accredited professional driving instructor.

Funded by the Australian Government, the 'free lesson' introduces the Keys2Drive coaching approach ('Find your own way'), with examples of how the parent/supervisor and learner driver can use this approach when learning to drive.

Click here to register for your free lesson. Once you have registered online, you can book in with one of our Keys2Drive accredited driving instructors by calling 1300 761 429.

Free information workshops

The information session will cover getting your L1's, L2's, and P-Plates. It explains the Keys2Drive program and offers parents and supervisors tips how to 'keep your cool' and guide the learner driver through the process.

It's an important milestone in every driver's life, and we know how stressful it can be. But, it doesn't have to be! Helping the learner driver to feel empowered to 'find their own way' while they are on their learners licence will teach them the skills to become a safe driver so that when their P-Plate journey begins, their behaviour doesn't need to change.

These sessions go for approximately 90 minutes.

To find out more or to register your interest, please email education@ract.com.au

Driving lessons

Even Alex Peroni, young gun racing car driver can struggle with reverse parking! Gain all the skills you need to enjoy the freedom of the open road with RACT driving lessons. Lessons are available in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. For bookings call 1300 761 429 or click here to find out more about prices.

Owning your first car

Owning your first car is exciting and scary at the same time. It's a big decision, so it's important to not rush your decision. Remember, the first impression is not always everything with cars!

The right car for you

Comfort is important! When sitting in a car, set everything up how you would if you were about to take a long drive and make sure you feel comfortable. Check the car features and think about what you will actually be using the car for. Does it have tinted windows? Will you need a lot of boot space or would you like a smaller car that you can easily park?

Check the facts

The car’s service history tells you if there has been anything mechanically wrong with the car in the past. This is important information. Also, having the car inspected prior to buying gives you a complete, unbiased report on its condition. Knowing what repairs are necessary (if any) will help you negotiate with the seller for a better deal and may end up saving you money. For a fee, RACT can inspect a vehicle you are interested in and provide advice to help you out. Click here to find out more.

Car Safety

The car looks good, it suits your needs, it's in your price range and it has a great service history. But one critical factor we often forget to ask ourselves is, how safe is it? It's important that the car you buy offers you good protection in the event of a crash.

ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) conducts independent crash tests and safety assessments. Most vehicles on Australian roads have been assessed and are assigned a star rating (one star being the worst rating and five being the safest). ANCAP have been conducting these assessments since 1993 and with some really easy research, you can choose a safe car over others, even if you're looking at a used car. Find out how safe your car is here.