26 September 2023

Driver learners preferring online teachers

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A new online driver education program has won the green light from learner drivers, with almost 85 per cent of novice drivers who used the online option to achieve their learner’s permit during its first year.

According to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT), the ‘myLs’ program provides a flexible and interactive online learning space for hopeful drivers to obtain their learner’s permit.

“myLs is designed to allow users to stop, start and learn at their own pace, resulting in overwhelming support for the new program,” the Department said.

“It uses over 800 questions and challenges to reinforce and embed vital road safety messages prior to the final assessment, and it takes between four and six hours to complete,” it said.

“The program focuses on comprehensive education rather than just cramming for a test and includes important features like interviews with people who the devastation of road trauma has impacted.”

The program launched in South Australia 12 months ago, with 35,700 of the 42,500 applicants for a learner’s permit choosing to use myLs rather than the traditional test at a Service SA centre.

The Department said myLs provides applicants access for up to 12 months, and during that time, the theory test can be attempted as many times as necessary.

It said participants were encouraged to engage with other people, including parents and guardians, to ensure they understood road rules and felt safe behind the wheel from their first journey.

It said that even those who already held a current learner’s permit or driver’s licence in South Australia could choose to undertake the myLs as a refresher course.

“All learner drivers are still required to complete the mandatory supervised driving hours and pass a practical driving test to obtain a probationary licence,” DIT said.

More information about the myLs Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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