Frequently Asked Questions

When can I go for my licence?

To be eligible to obtain your licence you must be at least 17 years of age and have held your Learners Permit for at least 12 consecutive months. There are exemptions to the amount of time you have to hold the permit under certain circumstances, please enquire at Queensland Transport –

What must I do when I obtain my Learners Permit?

Once you have completed your learners test and obtained your learners licence, ‘L’ Plates must be displayed on the front and rear of the car you are driving. You must have your Learners Permit with you every time you drive, in case you are asked to provide identification by a police officer. You must not drink and drive. A zero blood alcohol limit applies to all learners. Finally you must have a licensed driver sitting beside you at all times.

What role should a parent / experienced driver play?

In our opinion learning to drive should be a partnership between the learner, driving instructor and experienced drivers from friends or family. The more practice a learner driver can have, then the safer they will become when it is time to go “solo”. Many parents send their children to us first, to teach the student the basics prior to commencing the practice with the family. Driving practice is vital and the recommendation is that a new driver has 120 hours “experience”, prior to sitting for their practical driving test.

Requirements to use a 10 hour driving lesson to add 30 hours to log book.

10 lessons with a driving instructor will count as 30 driving hours for your Log Book. However, you need to be aware that once you have completed your first 10 lessons, a driving lesson with a driving instructor then counts as one lesson for one hour of practice driving for your Log Book.

A lot of students find doing the entire 100 hours with their parents or another allocated driver is a really big project. Logging 30 hours with a driving instructor is a great help for most parents.

What vehicle is used for driving training at Epic Driving School?

A 2018 Mazda 2 Sedan.

Am I able to have driving lessons in my own/family or friend's car?

Under certain circumstances customers may want to receive lessons in their own/family vehicle. This is a good idea where the car will be used for a Driver’s Test. It is also a good idea when a learner has a new car and wishes to familiarise themselves with it prior to licensing.

How many lessons will I need to learn to drive?

This depends on the individual, as every student has different abilities, needs, levels of experience.

What happens if I don't have my licence with me at the driving lesson?

It is not possible to allow the learner to drive a car on public roads without a valid licence on his/her person. Therefore, without your licence, there will be no driving taking place during the driving lesson.

What insurance and standards do you have to ensure the safety of my child in case of an accident?

We take the safety of our customers very seriously. Accordingly, we maintain the following standards for our car. Our vehicle has at 5 star ANCAP safety rating (which means ABS breaks and air bags). Our car is regularly serviced by reputable mechanics to ensure that the vehicle is in excellent condition. Regular checks are undertaken by the instructor to check lights, tyres and glass. Epic Driving School Cairns holds current Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance and have comprehensively insured with reputable insurance companies.

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