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Learning to drive in South Australia

People need a drivers license for many reasons. For many young people around Australia, access to formal driving lessons to become well trained drivers is cost prohibitive. Coupling the lack of formal driving instruction with less than satisfactory / inadequate driving role models places young drivers and other motorists at risk. In a regional Australia context, the driving environment/conditions are relatively high risk and skilled driving to suit these conditions is required.

For young people, access to a private vehicle is paramount to their overall wellbeing and development. For those wishing to be employed in one of the many trades, a license is viewed as a necessity by the majority of employers. Young people without a license are therefore highly disadvantaged when looking for employment locally or out of the region due to the lack of a license.

Another area of cencern is where young people without access to a family car, struggle to gain a license with the compulsory hours of driver practise required by each state or territory as part of the Learner requirements.. The following programs attempt to ease these challenges.

  National Program funded by the Australian Government
  keys 2 drive


Keys2Drive
Organised by the Automobile Associations of Australia ( AAA ) this program requires the Learner to have a Learner's License before commencing the course. The free Learner lesson is only available to people holding an Australian Learners Permit. Applying for an Australian License using an International License is not applicable to this program.
South Australian Programs
The following programs are run for Learner Drivers with no access to a family car for the additional 70 hours of practise.
 

Geared 2 Drive




Geared 2 Drive:
A Service to Youth Council program run by their subsidiary HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve). Several sites offer this program, both in country regions and at Woodville in Adailaide. Enquireies in the first instance to (08) 8244 1299. On request material will be forwarded to interested learners.
In Adelaide, all Geared 2Drive lessons depart HYPA's Woodville Office: HYPA Website link:
SA Government feedback Web: http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/fmi_ideas/geared-to-drive
Additional feedback is available from Grant District Council:

  wheels in motion


Wheels in Motion
A City of Playford program serving youth in the Elizabeth, Salisbury and Gawler suburbs of Adelaide. The program is also run by Eyre Futues for Learner Drivers in Port Lincoln, Ceduna and Whyalla.
URL: City of Playford
URL: Eyre Futures
RAA In preparation for the Learners test at an SA Service Centre, practise tests can be completed online through the RAA website:
URL: Online RAA Learners Test

All of the above programs rely on mentors prepared to give approxiumately 2 hours of their time each week assisting Learner clients.
Mentors are given professional Driver Training and are required to hold a National Police Clearances and a good driving record.


 
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