Practical driving experience - learner driver log book

Find out how to record 120 hours of supervised driving experience in preparation for the driving test.

Why you need practical driving experience

Learner drivers under supervision have a very low involvement in crashes. It is when they begin to drive solo their involvement in crashes increases.

Research indicates learner drivers who increase their supervised on-road experience reduce their crash risk by 30% in the first 2 years of solo driving.

Your learner driver log book or app allows you and your supervising driver to record your driving experience.

If you are under 25 years old, you must log at least 120 hours of supervised driving, including a minimum of 20 hours of night driving, before you can attempt the driving test, unless you're exempt. Night driving hours are between sunset and sunrise.

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.

Log book apps

Use one of our log book apps to conveniently record your hours, learn and achieve driving learning goals.

You can even submit your completed hours to us via the app and never need to worry about losing your log book.

The three apps we accept are L2P, Licence Ready and Roundtrip.

Paper log book

You'll be given a paper log book when you are issued with your learner licence.

If you choose to use a paper book make sure you take care of it. If you lose it you'll lose your driving record and will have to get a replacement and start again. You can get a replacement book at a service centre after paying the replacement fee.

Exemptions

You do not have to complete a Learner Driver Log Book if you:

  • Are aged 25 years or over
  • Previously held a NSW or interstate driver licence, other than a learner licence
  • Previously held an overseas licence, other than a learner licence
  • Hold an overseas licence, other than a learner licence, and are issued with a learner licence after failing one driving test
  • Are specifically exempted by Roads and Maritime Services.

Practice drives planner

The Practice drives planner is available for supervisors, parents and learner drivers to plan on-road driving experiences. The weekly calendar-style planner can be put up on the fridge or on the wall, so everyone gets a reminder to negotiate dates and times for practice drives.

The planner can also stimulate discussion between the supervisor and learner driver about where to drive and what skills to practice. It helps when negotiating and developing a driving partnership.

Learning goals and learning content can be found in the Learner Driver Log Book.

Remember:

  • Plan for practice on a variety of types of roads with different levels of traffic
  • Ensure the learner driver is getting variety in the time of day
  • Make sure you plan some night drives, preferably later in the process.

Driving lessons with an instructor – 1 hour is worth 3 hours

For every structured driving lesson you complete with a licensed NSW driving instructor, you can record 3 for 1 hours driving experience in your log book. 3 for 1 are equal to the lesson duration multiplied by three up to a maximum of 10 hours, recorded as 30 hours of log book driving experience.

This doesn’t mean driving lessons with an instructor are compulsory, or you should stop having lessons when you reach the 10 hour limit, especially if you feel you’d benefit from more lessons.

Driving lessons at night (between sunset and sunrise) count for the actual lesson time only. Where a 1 hour lesson is recorded for night driving and 2 hours are added to the day driving hours.

Log it!

If you use a digital log book app, the bonus hours will be calculated by the app when you enter the instructor's details along with your practice drive information.

If you use the paper log book, make sure you record these sessions in your Structured Lesson Record Keeper log book insert.

Recognising interstate experience

If you’ve held a learner licence in another Australian state or territory, we will recognise hours recorded in an interstate learner driver log book, as long as you provide appropriate evidence.

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