My baby girl (well, not so baby really ... she's 16 years old) passed her test for her Learner's Permit today. She did really well, and is very excited. She has been studying really hard, and doing the practice tests offered by Vicroads online. Wish she studied half as hard for her school exams !!
Anyway, this means she is now allowed to drive with a supervising licenced driver beside her. She has to total up 120 hours of driving, all logged in a special book, including 10 hours of night time driving, before she is allowed to go for her driving test (once she turns 18). Then she will have a probationery licence for 3 years, the first of which she must display a red P Plate (red background, white P), and the 2nd and 3rd years she must display a green P plate (green background, white P), the whole 3 years being .00 blood alcohol level ... no drinking and driving !!
She has had a little drive or two in the 4WD, out bush, off the main roads ... Baron took her, and she coped quite well. She is pretty nervous about driving on real roads, though. We will probably start on the weekend, in a local industrial estate, when all the factories are closed, and thus the roads are empty ... apparently this is what all the learner drivers do ... road experience, without the traffic experience, yet !! Both Baron and I drive manuals ... his a big Nissan Patrol 4WD, mine a little Daewoo Lanos ... two very different cars. The poor kid has no choice but to learn on a manual car ...
We have decided that Baron will take her initially ... he has more patience !! My dad took me in the beginning, too, as Mum and I would just clashed ... as I imagine Elisabeth and I would, too.
So, this is where we are at right now ... me, a nervous mum, with a teenager who needs to learn to drive.
Wish us luck, people ...