Provide deep experience


Deep experience contributes to a deep understanding of traffic situations and personal situations, and the ability to manage problems. Safe driving depends most on deep experience.

This page explains how you can provide deep experience by encouraging deep thinking – helping a person ask and find answers to 'what', 'why' and 'how' questions.

You get the most power out of questions when you help a person question their own actions thoughts and feelings.

Imagine this scenario: you drive past a crash like the one in the picture. You ask your learner, "How do you think that crash happened?" They respond, "The driver behind was probably following too close." This shows they have a basic knowledge of safe following distances.

Moments later your learner driver is following a car too closely and you ask, "How do you feel at the moment?" They answer, "Okay". You say, "Why do you feel okay when you are making the same mistake as that driver who just crashed?" Here you are helping them question their own behaviour. Now they are thinking deeply about their own driving, not another driver's.

How do you feel when...? Why's that? These are two potentially powerful questions, but in this situation, you are the one who is asking them. What happens when you're not beside the learner driver?

Three key people sit alongside a learner driver while they learn to drive. Mostly it's a parent/supervisor; sometimes it's a driving instructor; eventually, it will be a driving assessor. When the learner driver gets their Ps, these people immediately vanish, along with their powerful questions.

You can solve much of this problem by helping your learner driver learn to ask these people's questions – to self-supervise, self-instruct, and self-assess.

Here are some questions you could encourage your learner to ask themselves:


  • What do I want to do? Why's that?

  • What do I think others want me to do? Why's that?

  • How do I feel and how is it affecting me? Why's that?

  • How can I decide what's best?


  • How well will I go?

  • What am I doing well? What mistakes am I making?

  • How well did I go and what are the reasons why?


  • How will I fix my mistake/s?

  • How did I go fixing my mistake/s?

Keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program providing learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a Keys2drive accredited professional driving instructor