Protect your P Plater

Written by Neil Bedford


This was first put out by Street Smarts some 5 years ago.... still as important today as it was then!

Statistics show that when a learner driver first gets their P-plates, their risk of a serious crash is six times higher. With parents being the biggest influence on how young drivers behave on the road, staying involved helps keep your P-plater safe. Here are some tips to consider and discuss with your P-plater from fellow Queensland parents.

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Road safety during wet weather

Written by Neil Bedford

Being prepared for general wet weather

Driving in wet weather can be very dangerous. You should prepare and frequently maintain your vehicle to make sure you will always be as safe as possible when driving in wet conditions.

To get your vehicle ready for driving in wet weather make sure:

  • you have good tyre tread (at least 1.5mm deep across the whole tyre width)
  • all of your vehicle’s lights work well
  • your windscreen and lights are clean.

Learn more about maintaining your car.

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Restrictions that apply while on your P's

Written by Neil Bedford

Provisional licence restrictions ??

Certain restrictions apply when you drive using a P1 or P2 licence. These restrictions also apply if you are driving on a probationary P1 or P2 licence after serving a suspension.

Peer passenger restriction

If you hold a P1 licence, are under 25, and you are driving between 11pm and 5am you can only carry 1 passenger under the age of 21 who is not an immediate family member.

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Safe following distances!

Written by Neil Bedford

You must drive a safe distance behind a vehicle travelling in front of you. Following another vehicle too closely is known as tailgating. If you tailgate you may not be able to safely stop in time to avoid a collision.

Safe following distances vary depending on:

What is a safe following distance?

In most cases, a safe following distance is much longer than a car length.

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