Provide wide experience


If you drive for one hour along a stretch of road and do it 100 times, you've just had 100 hours of much the same experience. But if you drive on 100 different roads, each for one hour, you've had much 'wider' and more beneficial experience.

This page explains the importance of difference for your learner driver, how you can create it and how you can help them learn to manage difference.

If your learner driver does lots of different driving, they will invariably gain wide experience and come across new situations. If they find a new situation difficult, it means their brain is being stretched. Within reason, that's good – it requires them to develop some of the thinking skills they will need in order to anticipate and manage different driving situations when they’re by themselves, driving on Ps.

If your learner driver goes mostly the same way and does much the same thing in every practice session, they will find that driving becomes progressively easier and easier. For any person, finding something easy that they've been told is difficult, complex, and potentially dangerous can lead to overconfidence.

Overconfident people are generally more accepting of risk or are partially blind to it. This is another reason to build more and more difference into practice sessions.

Difference is obviously good but it's not always easy to achieve. Here are some ideas that may help you:

  • Go different ways and at different times
  • Go to different places whenever you can
  • Go in different cars and conditions
  • Go for different reasons
  • Go, but then turn around
  • Go with different passengers
  • Go with different distractions
  • Go with tactics for tricky situations
  • Go deeper – think deeply about the experiences you have 

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