FAQs

Learn more about learning to drive in Queensland. We have a wide range of questions answered. If you can't find the answer to your question here just call us or email us as we are only to happy to help.

  Am I able to have driving lessons in my own/family or friends car?

  Are automatic cars easier to drive?

  How do I book my driving test?

  How many lessons will I need to learn to drive?

  How much does training cost for my automatic licence?

If you want to get lessons in an automatic vehicle the cost will be from as little as $70 per hour.  See our packages at https://coastwidedriving.com.au/Packages Be careful not to make your choice of a Driving School based on price alone. You may well find that you learn more in one lesson from one of our quality Instructors than you do in 2 or more from someone without the same level of technical and communication skills.


  How much does training cost for my manual licence?

If you want to get lessons in an automatic vehicle the cost will be from as little as $70 per hour. See our packages at https://coastwidedriving.com.au/Packages Be careful not to make your choice of a Driving School on the Gold Coast based on price alone. You may well find that you learn more in one lesson from one of our quality Instructors than you do in 2 or more from someone without the same level of technical and communication skills.

  If I am not getting on with my driving instructor may I change my lessons to another driving instructor at Coastwide Driving School?

Yes! We generally have multiple instructors available in each area.

In the rare circumstances where you would like to use a different driving instructor please speak to one of our customer service consultants and we will move your driving lessons to a suitable team member.

You will not need to repeat any completed competencies. However be mindful that there may be familiarisation time required with a different car. 

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

10 Lessons with a our professional Gold Coast driving instructors 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.

  Should I learn to drive in an automatic or manual car?

The decision to learn in an automatic transmission or a manual car depends upon many factors including personal choice, skill level, confidence and the cars you are able to practice in. It is important to be aware however, that in Queensland if you gain your licence in an automatic car; you are not permitted to drive a manual until you successfully pass a practical test with Queensland Transport, in a manual vehicle.

  What are the consequences of a learner driver being involved in an accident during a driving lesson?

Generally, where the learner has followed all instructions of the driving instructor there will be no liability. Where the learner has ignored instructions and in so doing has caused an accident to occur, the learner driver will be liable for any insurance excess payable. 

Insurance excess for learner drivers is currently $1,000 per accident but may vary between vehicles. 

If the accident is caused by another driver then there is no liability for the learner driver. 

  What are the hours I can take training?

We offer long and varied hours for training and our highly qualified trainers are available to teach you from 7.00am to 6.00pm, seven days a week.

  What experience does Coastwide Driving School have in teaching people how to drive?

Coastwide Driving School has been teaching people to drive on Australian roads successfully since 1959. Our Driving Instructors have many years of experience, both driving and teaching others to do so. They are fully accredited with Queensland Transport and have exceptional skills in communicating their experience to their students.

  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 there will be no driving taking place during the driving lesson.

The driving instructor may conduct a lesson covering theory or techniques in with either a stationary or moving vehicle. This may also include commentary driving to work on hazard perception skills.

  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 and instructors very seriously. Accordingly we maintain the following standards for our fleet: 

  1. All vehicles have at least 5 star safety rating (which means ABS breaks and air bags)
  2. All vehicles are regularly serviced by reputable mechanics to ensure that the vehicle is in excellent condition
  3. All vehicles are kept clean
  4. Checks are undertaken by the instructor to check lights, tyres and glass 

Our instructors are members of the ADTA and hold current Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance. 

All cars are comprehensively insured with reputable insurance companies. 

  What is my liability for an accident occurring during a Practical Driving Test when using a driving school vehicle without my Instructor is not in the vehicle?

If you use our vehicle for a practical driving test with a Government Licence Examiner based test and the Instructor is not present in the vehicle during the practical driving test, or if the Instructor is present and you fail to follow the directions given by the Instructor during the lesson, you will be responsible for the lower of the cost of repairs relating to damage caused or the insurance excess applicable, should the vehicle be damaged for whatever reason.

  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 as a zero blood alcohol limit applies to all learners and 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.

  What vehicles are used for driving training at Coastwide?

Our fleet of cars include Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Suzuki Swift, Toyota Yaris, Mitsubishi Lancer, Hyundai I30 and Hyundai Getz.

  What vehicles can I drive with a manual licence?

When you pass the practical driving test and obtain your provisional licence in a manual car you can drive cars with an automatic transmission as well as cars with a manual transmission. You may drive all automatic and manual cars unless restricted due to insurance reasons. You must also adhere to restrictions for P plate drivers – see www.tmr.qld.gov.au for more information

  What vehicles can I drive with an automatic licence?

When you pass the practical driving test and obtain your provisional licence in an automatic car you can only drive cars with an automatic transmission. You may drive all automatic cars unless restricted due to insurance reasons. You must also adhere to restrictions for P plate drivers – see www.tmr.qld.gov.au for more information

  When can I go for my licence?

To be eligible to obtain your licence you must be at least 17 years of age and 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 – www.transport.qld.gov.au

  When will I be ready to go for the practical test?

This time frame will vary for absolutely every student. You are ready for the practical driving test when you can drive confidently and consistently without the help of your Coastwide driving instructor. As you are getting closer, your Instructor will run you through a mock test to demonstrate what stage you are up to.

  Who will be training me for my licence?

One of our qualified and experienced Gold Coast driving instructors will be training you. All of our instructors are fully accredited with Queensland Transport and have exceptional skills in communicating their experience to their students.

  When will I be ready to go for the practical test?

Driving involves combining theory with physical skills and judgement. Practice is essential and the more practice you have, the less number of professional driving lessons you may require to be at the standard required to pass the test. Practice is vital and the requirement is that a new driver has 100 hours of log book experience prior to sitting for their practical driving test.

  Why should I choose Coastwide Driving School?

Coastwide Driving School has been teaching people to drive for over 50 years and have highly qualified and experienced instructors who will teach you how do drive safely and not just teach you to pass a test.

Call us on 1300 306 324 to schedule a driving lesson or Book Online

"No yelling or abuse, just caring, quality controlled and tailored lessons to get your licence and stay safe on the roads for life!"

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