On the road

10 years of Keys2drive

Keys2drive recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. After its launch in Tasmania a decade ago, it is now one of Australia’s most successful driver education programs.

Keys2drive offers learner drivers and their supervisors a free 60-minute driving lesson with a qualified instructor. The aim of the program is to prevent death and injury among young drivers, especially during the first six months of their P plates when they are most at risk.

Within the first year of independent driving, provisional licence holders are 20 times more likely to be in a car crash than when they are on their L plates and driving with a supervisor.

Keys2drive encourages young drivers to ‘find their own way’ by focusing on more practice behind the wheel in a range of conditions, and developing a deep understanding of the responsibility that comes with being a safe driver.

The free lesson is also a valuable opportunity for supervising drivers to refresh their road rules and safety knowledge, so they can provide higher quality supervision.

 

Learner driver holding P Plates
Independence! Kaiden with his P Plates.
Learner driver and driver educator in car.
Trevor Lewis taught the first Keys2drive lesson in Australia 10 years ago.

 

Since 2009, nearly 730,000 learner drivers and their supervisors have participated in a Keys2drive lesson across Australia.

Research conducted in 2019 found that 94% of supervisors observed that their learner driver had a greater appreciation of the risks of solo driving after having the free lesson.

Additionally, 95% of supervising drivers felt more comfortable teaching their learner how to drive.