Learn2Drive Driving School has been writing regular blogs for new drivers and customers for several years now, and one of our favourite topics has been the ongoing evolution of driver education in Queensland. New technology has helped the Queensland Government and licencing authorities to deliver more effective and streamlined training and testing.
Just last month we looked at the new PrepL driver learning and testing system that’s been progressively rolled out across the state. 2019 is a watershed year where the 30-question paper-based test for class C (car) learner licences that’s been in place since, well, since forever is finally being retired!
As well as comprehensive road rules, new drivers get to experience the consequences of poor driving behaviour through the virtual learning environment. PrepL has brought modern electronic devices (smart phones, tablets and computers) right to the heart of driver training. The new system appears to have been well received with a recent survey showing 96% of participants rating PrepL as ‘good’ or ‘very good’. If you’d like to learn a bit more about PrepL check out www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/getting/learner/prepl/prepl-online-learning-and-assessment
Whenever we talk about the future of driver training the conversation invariably turns to the subject of 'driverless' cars. The internet is full of sites and feature articles predicting 'driverless' cars will make training more about how to program vehicles rather than physically operating them. Our last mention of the subject was only three years ago and in that short time we’ve gone from making lots of predictions to reviewing the current implementation of the technology across Australia.
Many car manufacturers are showcasing new 'driverless technology' at motor shows across the world and most Australian states have long passed legislation allowing manufacturers to test the technology and vehicles on local roads rather than on a test track. The Learn2Drive team recently viewed a news feature announcing a new 'driverless' transport service in a Canberra aged care facility run by the IRT Group. If you’re interested you can check out the story at https://www.irt.org.au/the-good-life/on-the-road-to-driverless-cars/
The insatiable consumer demand for innovation and technology has driven many advancements in car technology, and drivers, instructors, and testing authorities need to continually adapt to the changing environment. Technology such as proximity alerts, automated reversing and crash avoidance technology are now standard features in many vehicle models and it’s only a matter of time before they become part of standard driver training and testing.
We once joked that learner drivers may one day be taught by holograms of Tracey and Bev. At the speed of technological changes that we are seeing in every aspect of life, it isn’t such a remote possibility, or is it? In the meantime, you’ll have to deal with the real people!
Changes to the driver training and testing regime that provides for better and more rounded education for new drivers is always a positive move and the team at Learn2Drive Driving School are all in favour of it. If you’re after quality training, great trainers and a welcoming learning environment then you know who to call.
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Tracey Wilson, instructor and owner of Learn 2 Drive Driving School