Getting an NT License
Before you can drive a car in the NT you must have a driving license. To take the P test it must be an NT licence. To get an NT licence you just pass a 30 question theory test. Use these links to learn the NT Road Rules and take a practice test.
Ready for your P Test?
Then read this booklet from MVR because it will tell you what you must and must not do in the test. You will notice that observation is a key part of the test, so make sure that you check over your shoulder every time you move off, change lanes, turn right and left, park and in fact whenever you deviate from the straight line!!
Click on the cover on the left and on that page you will be able to see what happens in a test and there is a link to the booklet that you can download. Check out this resource - may be useful even though it is for the UK.
Motorcycle Training courses
DRV4LYF is pleased to be the only motorcycle approved training school in Katherine.
We offer the old METAL courses which are now called Pre-Learner and Pre-Provisional Motorcycle Training programs. This consists of both theory and practical sessions. The theory is held on a Friday evening and the practical is on Saturday morning at the bus interchange on Chambers Drive. Cost of the courses is $300. We do NOT offer the stability MOST test.
The Rotary Club of Katherine will be re-establishing it's Road Safety Centre. The first centre was destroyed in the 1998 flood. The Club hopes that the centre will be open by December 2019, in time for the school holidays. The centre has a road loyout with painted lines, a roundabout, pedestrian crossing.
The Centre is being supported by a grant from the Towards Zero campaign
This Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan (Towards Zero) will work towards improving road safety in the Northern Territory over the next five years. Towards Zero will guide improvements in road safety, making all road users safer and reducing the lives lost and serious injuries on Territory roads. In 2019 Towards Zero gave the Rotary Club a grant to help establish the Road Safety Centre.
Motor Vehicle Registry has some excellent publications that you can download
DrivesafeNT is an NT Government sponsored driving program. It offers both theory for the L test, the actual L test, up to 10 driving lessons (we charge $20 per lesson) in either manual or automatic cars. It also includes a free P test and two years for a P licence. Sign up with MVR. Go here for information and the enrolment form.
NT Road Rules is a comprehensive guide for all drivers.
The handbook contains information about the rules of the road and basic driving skills.
Download it here. The information will help you pass your Learners test and drive safely on the road.
Ten year free licence for safe P-Plate drivers
Northern Territory P-Plate drivers that maintain an unblemished traffic infringement record during their provisional licence period are eligible to receive a *FREE 10 year open Class C licence. (*Conditions apply).
The 10 year licence is issued free of charge on licence renewal to go onto an open licence.
Exchange & Mart sent a wonderfully precise article about the dangers that distraction poses for drivers. Australian's wont know that Exchange and Mart was a wonderful magazine that everyone on in Great Britain knows and loves. You could buy and sell almost anything at the Mart, which is now published electronically and sells machinery. Have a look at their easy to read slides here. We will be using the in our DRIVE2 Theory classes
We are very grateful to KENNETH from Learninghaven.com for his suggestion that we place this link on our website. Texting while driving is a really dangerous thing to do and is responsible for so many deaths and serious injuries. We all know that's its wrong to use mobile phones while driving so a big THANK YOU to KENNETH and his teacher RACHEL at Learninghaven for bringing this to our attention. We will be turning it into a handout which we will give to every one of our students.
So, passed your L's and now have your P's? You are a free agent, can go where you want, when you want. But you need a car. Always choose a used car with the highest safety rating, and make sure it is fitted with as many safety features as possible for that model. Your choice of car can be the difference between survival or being seriously injured or killed if you are in a crash. Use this Buyer's Guide to Used Car Safety Ratings to help you identify the safest models among second-hand vehicles. Go to this ANCAP site to check your car's safety standard.
We support MDA. Magen David Adom assists people to be better prepared and more resilient when emergencies happen. During a crisis, MDA provides material support, blood and medical supplies to affected areas. After an emergency, MDA works with individuals and communities, providing aid and recovery needs. MDA is committed to an inclusive Australian society where all people are valued, their differences are respected and their needs are met. Through our volunteer community assistance programs, we advocate for people, especially older Australians, who are facing social disadvantage, vulnerability or homelessness
Amazing how far our message spreads. We had a suggestion from Megan and her husband at drivingsafely.org. They are retired high school driving instructors who have retained their passion for safe driving. Their goal is to increase the safety of all drivers on the road, not just young ones, and they want to use the power of a strong online presence to help get information into the hands of those who need it. Note that the information and links that they supply are American, and we all know that they drive on the wrong side of the road... but they are still good links. Worth checking out.
And in October 2020 we had a message from Nick of the American Boy Scout Troop 325 based in Lake Jennings. Funny that Lake Jennings is not a town but a campsite in California. The scouts have been doing some research and found our site and sent links. But it's not our focus.. and anyone like we said before, life in the USA is so much different from here. But we will be making use of the excellent handout on bicycle safety in our Rotary Road Safety Centre, opening up later this year.
Our page in our little outback town was seen by the Parking Spot in the USA and I reproduce the page that they sent to me ........
1. Send Texts Before You Start Your Engine
Cell phones are notorious for distracting drivers. Not only can texting and talking on the phone behind the wheel lead to an accident -- in many states, you can get a hefty ticket if you’re caught with your hands on your phone. So, make calls and send texts before you drive. Then, put your phone away and silence it for the duration of the drive.
2. Use Hands-Free Phone Technology
If you need to use GPS or answer a call during the drive, make sure you have the tech to listen to directions or the person on the other end of the line over your car stereo. Even if you have an older car, you can get an inexpensive device that connects your phone to your car radio via Bluetooth.
3. Pull Over if You Need to Change GPS Directions
Sometimes, plans change. It’s normal. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to type your new destination into your map when you’re stopped at a red light. Instead, it only takes a few minutes to pull over when you need to make a change. Once you’re parked in a safe place, then add a new address into your GPS.
4. Never Eat While Driving
How many times have you stopped off for fast food after a long flight? If you’re like most people, you’ve done this more than once. That said, it’s best to avoid dipping your fries while you're driving at high speeds on the interstate. Park while you eat. Not only is this safer, it’s also less messy.
5. Avoid Reaching for Fallen Items
Sometimes items can fall from your dashboard or seat onto the floor while your car is moving. This is often unavoidable, but, unless the item is going to start a fire or harm someone, you can avoid reaching for it while driving. Whatever it is, leave it be and go back for it after you’ve arrived safely at your destination.
6. Don’t Try to Multitask
Your mirrors should be adjusted, your GPS should be set, and your hair should be brushed before you get on the road. Don’t try to multitask in any way when you’re driving. In fact, it’s probably smart to avoid attempting anything more than light conversation, listening to the radio, or chewing gum behind the wheel.
7. Travel With a Buddy
Even if you’ve napped on the plane, any frequent traveler will tell you that the impact of jet-lag on the body is real and taxing. Driving is dangerous if you’re too tired or you had one too many in-flight drinks. It’s just not worth it to take the risk of driving when your head isn’t in the game. That’s why it’s safer to travel with a partner who can help you drive to wherever you need to be or help you stay alert on the road.
Note: If you realize that you’re tired only after you’re already behind the wheel, find a safe place to pull over right away.