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Border Driving Academy

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose a qualified driving instructor/facilitator?

Research shows parents or other supervising drivers often don’t have the necessary facilitation skills to deliver the required driving skills fully or appropriately. Being more effective as a supervising driver in conjunction with a driving school, avoids the relationship strain that may arise from the experience. Learners are therefore more likely to pass their test first-go when their skills have been developed through a strong foundation underpinned by current best practice teaching in a stress free environment.

Should I learn in a manual or auto?

BDA teaches automatic only. Most modern automatic motor vehicles have a “manual mode” option which allows for appropriate use of manual operation without a clutch ( often referred to as “Manumatic”). BDA will teach you how to effectively manage this underpinned by the current learning method called “The System of Vehicle Control”. You will learn in a late model 5 star ANCAP safety rated vehicle fitted with dual controls for your additional safety and peace of mind.

Over 90% of vehicles sold in Australia are automatic. This is an ongoing trend as demand for manuals continues to decrease.

How many hours of instruction do I need?

If you are under 25 years of age, you must log at least 120 hours of supervised driving in your log book, including a minimum of 20 hours of night driving, before you can attempt the driving test.

If you are 25 years or older you aren’t required to log driving hours but should still do lots of supervised driving to build your skills and experience.

For every structured driving lesson you complete with a licensed driving instructor, you can record 3 for 1 hours driving experience in your log book. That is, up to a maximum of 10 hours recorded as 30 hours of log book driving experience. Driving lessons at night count for the actual lesson time only, ie: 1 for 1.

What if I have interstate experience?

If you’ve held a learner licence in another Australian state or Territory, your hours will be recognised as long as you provide appropriate evidence such as a learner driver log book.

What are the consequences of a learner driver being involved in an accident during a lesson?

Generally, where the learner has followed all instructions of the driving instructor, there will be no liability. Where the learner has ignored instructions and in so doing has caused an accident, the learner driver will be liable for any insurance excess payable. If the accident is caused by the other driver then there is no liability for the learner driver.

What insurance and standards do you have to ensure the safety of the learner driver in case of an accident?

BDA takes the safety of its customers seriously, accordingly we maintain the following standards:

  • Only training vehicles with a minimum 5 star ANCAP ( The Australasian New Car Assessment Program) are utilised.
  • Vehicles are regularly serviced by a reputable mechanic and in accordance with vehicle manufacturers specifications.
  • Vehicles are kept clean.
  • Vehicle inspection checks are undertaken regularly by the instructor, such as fluid checks, tyre condition and pressure, lights etc.
  • Your instructor is a member of the ADTA ( Australian Driver Trainers Association) and holds current Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.
  • Vehicles are comprehensively insured with a reputable insurance company.

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