Safer Drivers Course

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SAFER DRIVERS COURSE

The Safer Drivers Course is a 5 hour course with 2 Modules, being a facilitated workshop and a practical driving session. BTW offers the course to be completed in one day OR the course can also be split across two different days, i.e. you can complete Module 1 on one day and complete Module 2 on another day. Module 2 MUST be completed within a month of attending your Module 1 session.

20 Log Book Hours

MODULE 1

Module 1 is a 3 hour workshop, facilitated by a member of the BTW team. All BTW facilitators have completed the Facilitators course and have been selected by BTW for their experience and qualifications.  In Module 1 you will work through a course workbook with your facilitator.  This will include activities, reflection and discussion on safe driving techniques, along with behaviours to make you a safer driver. 

NSW SDC Module

MODULE 2

Module 2 is a 2 hour practical session.  The Module includes 2 students, who drive alternatively throughout the session, with a qualified Module 2 driving instructor.  Whilst completing the practical drives in Module 2 the Learner will gain experience in understanding and practising speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances.  The Module 2 route has been specifically designed to include a range of driving situations to assist the Learner to have practical experience in a range of conditions.  . 

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20 HOURS
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UPCOMING SAFER DRIVERS COURSES

Upcoming Courses - Central Coast

  • Sat, 5 Nov 2022. 8:00AM - 11:00AM
    Places Available 
  • Sat, 3 Dec 2022. 8:00AM - 11:00AM
    Places Available 
  • Tue, 20 Dec 2022. 8:00AM - 11:00AM
    Places Available 

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WHO CAN ATTEND THE SAFER DRIVERS COURSE?

  • A Learner driver who holds a valid Learner licence
  • Must be aged 16 to 25 years old
  • A minimum of 50 hours of actual driving experience logged in their logbook or app (The 50 hours CANNOT include any additional hours in the 3 for 1 professional lesson credits.)

MODULE 1

Module 1 of the Safer Drivers Course is a 3 hour interactive workshop facilitated by an experienced and qualified teacher from BTW.  All BTW facilitators have been carefully selected for their teaching ability and MUST have completed the Safer Drivers Course Facilitator Course.

MODULE 2

Module 2 of the Safer Drivers Course is a 2 hour practical coaching session led by an experienced driving instructor who is also qualified as a car coach for the Safer Drivers Course program. The session includes 2 Learner drivers with a driver trainer. Each Learner will drive 3 times, alternatively with the other Learner driver, over the 2 hour session. The trainer will then drive the very last part of the session, to demonstrate and show low risk driving in action by verbalising their observations, perceptions and behaviours. The Module 2 route for each area has been specifically designed by BTW to assist Learners to practice in varying conditions.

WHAT WILL I LEARN in the SDC Course?

  • Decision Making: The ability to look and gather information to make good decisions when driving.
  • Safe Driving Strategies: That low risk driving strategies support safer driving and can help to prevent involvement in a crash. The strategies discussed will include safe following distance, crash avoidance space, speed management, hazard perception, gap selection and decision making.
  • Identifying and avoiding risks: Increasing the Learner driver awareness of risks that can affect their driving and how they can control some of the risks associated with being a Provisional driver.
  • Challenges as a new driver: Learner drivers becoming aware of what challenges they will face as a Provisional driver and how they can manage those challenges to stay safe on our roads.
  • Behavioural factors contributing to accidents: Discussion on what contributes to a crash. In particular the behavioural factors especially for young drivers.

Frequently asked questions

The Safer Drivers Course is $140 for all students throughout NSW. The fee includes attendance at both Module 1 and Module 2 of the course. The course is FREE if you hold a current Pension or Healthcare Card.  Please advise at the time of your booking if you have hold either of these Concession Cards.

You must have completed a minimum of 50 actual driving hours and this must not include any additional credits for professional lessons.

We only complete the practical session in our dual controlled driving school cars.

Yes Module 1 must be completed before you can complete Module 2. Both Modules can be completed in the 1 day. Module 2 at the latest must be completed within 1 month of having completed Module1.

The BTW instructors teach the same skills and techniques as you will learn in the Safer Drivers Course. The Safer Drivers Course is not about learning to drive (hence the requirement to already have 50 logged hours before attending the course) but helping the Learner to strategise as to how to be a more safe driver, with an emphasis on being unsupervised and making decisions when they become a Provisional licence holder.

We do not provide manual cars for this Module. All of our Module 2 driving instructors are qualified driving instructors.  For this particular course we only use automatic vehicles, so that students can concentrate completely on the course content and don't need to worry about gear changes, clutch control etc.

No, there is no final exam or assessment. We encourage that all students participate and engage in the course.

If you are attending the course with friends, please let BTW know and we will try and schedule your drive with a nominated friend.

A standard lesson is tailored to the needs of the student.  At the commencement of the lesson, the instructor will discuss with you where you think you are at as a Learner driver, what things you would like to learn, what you do well and what you feel you need assistance with.  Your instructor will then be able to identify any deficiencies/weaknesses and also reinforce any positive abilities that you have.  Lessons can include such things as hazard perception and response, headchecks, speed management, gap selection, strategies to assist in reading the conditions when driving, along with learning to park and other manoeuvres.

You should go for your P's when you feel that you are ready to do so.  You must have held your Learner licence for a minimum of 12 months, must have completed at least 120 hours of logged driving, which includes at least 20 hours of night driving.  You must have a supervising driving sign off all 20 competencies at the front of the logbook to confirm you are proficient in all the skills required to be an unsupervised driver.  All Learners develop in their own time and after a lesson with BTW we can give you feedback on your driving and the best way forward with lessons to result in you receiving your Provisional license.

All of our staff are included on the front page of our website. These include:

Karen - A retired NSW Police Officer who is one of the owners of BTW.  Karen is an automatic and manual driving instructor, a Safer Drivers Course Facilitator and Car Coach, and also is a trainer for the Safer Drivers Course Instructor Training for Facilitators and Car Coaches Courses.  Karen is also an accredited Keys 2 Drive instructor.  Karen works in the Great Lakes, Taree, Newcastle and Sydney areas.

Wayne - A retired NSW Police Officer who is one of the owners of BTW.  Wayne's role includes fleet maintenance of all BTW and contracted vehicles, administration of the Safer Drivers Course and Driving Lessons, and is also a lecturer for Community, School and Corporate driver Training programs.

Ellie - Ellie is one half of the formidable team from Daz and Ellies Driver Training.  Ellie is an automatic and manual instructor, and is also a facilitator and car coach for the Safer Drivers Course.  Ellie works in the Taree and Great Lakes areas.

Daz - Daz is the other half of the formidable team from Daz and Ellies Driver Training.  Daz is an automatic and manual instructor, and is also a facilitator and car coach for the Safer Drivers Course.  Daz works in the Taree and Great Lakes areas.

Lisa - Lisa is a facilitator for the Safer Drivers Course and also for the Safer Drivers Course Instructor Training for Facilitators.  Lisa works in the Greater Sydney area and also in the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Mid North Coast areas of NSW.

Paul - Paul is an automatic and manual instructor and is also a car coach for the Safer Drivers Course.  Paul works in the Great Lakes area.

Jason - Jason is a retired NSW Police Officer.  Jason is a facilitator for the Safer Drivers Course and also for the Safer Drivers Course Instructor Training for Facilitators.  Jason works in the Greater Sydney area and also in the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Hunter and Mid North Coast areas of NSW.

Adam - Adam is a retired NSW Police Officer.  Adam is an automatic and manual driving instructor, a Safer Drivers Course Facilitator and Car Coach, and also is a trainer for the Safer Drivers Course Instructor Training for Facilitators and Car Coaches Courses.  Adam is also an accredited Keys 2 Drive instructor.  Adam works in the Lake Macquarie, and Newcastle areas.

Kim - Kim is an automatic and manual driving instructor and a Safer Drivers Course Car Coach. Kim works in the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle areas.

Kristine - Kristine is an automatic driving instructor and a Safer Drivers Course Car Coach.  Kristine works in the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle areas.

BTW Sydney Instructors - We have a small team of instructors that provide lessons in the Greater Sydney area, specifically in the Hills, Blacktown, Upper North Shore and Hawkesbury areas of Sydney.  All Sydney instructors are carefully selected to maintain our enviable reputation in the industry.

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