Congrats to Seema who passed the test today!

The team from Auto1 Driving School send our congratulations to Seema, who passed the RTA driving test in 1st go today.

Well done Seema!

Where the Speed Limit starts to apply?

AFTER the sign, not before, some guys failed for getting to the speed before the sign…be aware!


  • If you are driving from a slow speed limit e.g. 50 kmh into a higher speed limit e.g. 70 kmh, keep it 50, only accelerate AFTER the “70″ sign.
  • If you are driving from 70 to 50, slow down the car BEFORE the sign to 50, otherwise you will be speeding after the “50″ sign…


45 or 60 Degree Angle Parking

45 or 60 degree angle parking is not usually tested in the RTA driving test centres we specialise in, however, its always good to know. At the end of the day, we as drivers may encounter these kind of parking in our real world driving. Simple, easy and useful…


Signal your left indicator at least 30m and check centre mirror, left mirror and left blind spot, then Stop the vehicle parallel to and about ½ to 1 metre from the parking vehicle selected.

Note: the road marking line and the left rear Wheel must be aligned or collinear to each other.


Select reverse gear, then turn the wheel to the full left lock


Check left mirror, left blind spot, centre mirror right mirror and right blind spot, Look back over your left shoulder through the rear window, and move back slowly when it is safe and no car coming from behind.

Stop. The car is now parallel to the parking car


To straighten the wheel, Turn 1 1/2 turn to the right.

Check mirrors and blind spots

Look back over your left shoulder and move back slowly when it is safe, until the rear of the car is about 10 to 50 cm from the kerb


Apply the hand brake

Select park gear

Cancel any indicators

Shut down the engine and remove the ignition key.

Remove seat belt open the door and leave the car.

RTA will become RMS

NSW Roads and Maritime Service(RMS), will soon be introduced replacing the existing RTA.

Stay tuned for more updates.

How my family help me with my RTA driving test?

Driving is a doing thing, so if your family can supervise your driving, and let you have access to a car, by all means do it, and save loads of money. You should be very thankful coz some people don’t have such advantages. But the other side of the coin is, if  your supervising driver got the full licence over 10 years ago, chances are, while you will learn some good things from him/her, you may also learn some bad habits from him/her too, coz some current RTA requirements weren’t in their text book back then.

We’ve got a couple of these students, and its quite time consuming to ‘correct’ those driving habits. That is to say, they are paying more to correct, than the students learning from new.

To save money is always good, as long as you don’t have to pay more back at the end.

Tips for getting the perfect balance between saving  money and paying professional lessons:

  • Let the new learner to learn the first few lessons from a professional instructor, to lay a great foundation of driving; this also reduce the risk of the new learner to slam on the accelerator and turn the steering wheel to full, which could be very dangerous and costly
  • Do 1-2 lessons after about 6 months to refresh
  • Do a couple of pre-test lessons before the test
  • Rest of time, feel free to do heaps of driving with family based on what  you learn from the instructor


For  your info, some common bad habits from family trained learners:

  • Frequently not signalling, and if signaled, less than required length
  • Frequently not checking mirrors and blindsopts
  • Letting go of steering wheel while driving
  • Too close to the front vehicle while driving or stopping
  • Not checking red light runners at traffic lights
  • Merging into traffic or changing lane without legal and safe gaps
  • Road positioning error while driving or turning
  • Lack of responses to hazards




How to increase the chance of passing a RTA driving test?

Apart from what RTA put in the text book, we have a couple more useful tips here.

  • Book the test outside the busy hours and school zones. Usually, 10am-1.30pm is the best time for tests. Saturday mornings are always good however, very hard to be booked by learners without instructors…shhhhhhhhh.
  • Don’t rush yourself –the costs to fail can be high, $48 test fee, and if using instructor’s car, $120+, they are both non-refundable after the test. Ask your instructor for advice whether you are ready for test, or even do a trial test, would help you make a more informed decision. The failing of a driving test may impact your self-esteem in a negative way too.
  • Also its always good to have a safe buffer of your performance–You should only go when you consistently making no major mistakes (called ‘fail items’). If you sometimes do it, sometimes not, the chance of failing the test is high, coz very few people perform better than usual in the real tests.

All the best from Auto1 Driving School!

How much per hour for a driving lesson? Tips to SAVE!

Of course as cheap as possible, but we can do a simple maths to find out.

Say in average the instructor is 12 km from the student, the “to/from” will be about 30 minute or more, so for an one hour lesson, the instructor and the car would work for 1.5 hours. With this in mind, I worked it out like this:

Instructor wages: $20×1.5=$30, petrol $7, car depreciation/Maintenance/Insurance $11, Advertising $2, total $50 per hour.

The costs can’t be changed except the instructors wages, so when some people advertising for $35 per hour, the instructor is getting $15 for 1.5 hours of works ($10 per hour)!

This is like a 16 year old working in McDonald’s. What does it tell you? That instructor is simply NO GOOD.

If you are paying  your instructor less than $20 per hour (less than $50 per lesson), please think again, and again!


There are certain ways to reduce the costs of driving lessons, but please check the QUALITY of the driving school/instructor first!

These are the ways to negotiate a better deal (ONLY IF the driving school/instructor is good):

  • Do longer than 1 hour in one go, e.g., 1.5 hour per lesson, even 2 hours per lesson
  • Pay for 10 hours or more in advance to get a ‘wholesale deal’
  • Go to your driving school/instructor by public/private transport
  • Avoid bookings during weekends/evenings

Get your licence for Xmas shopping and holiday!

Well its always nice to get a licence to drive to shopping, or to the beaches or mountains…

Does it sound good? Then  you need to act now. Book your RTA test, book your driving lessons, NOW, coz it takes time to get ready for the test. For some people, its months, or weeks. Plan ahead to avoid the rush.

If you need any assistance for getting your licence,  you know we are always here to help.

Manual or Auto?

Many people asked me about learning manual. I personally think, the best way for most learners to drive manual, is to learn in auto (the safe easy way), get Ps, then full licence, then with the rich driving experience, learn a couple  of manual lessons, and legally and competently drive a manual. I do respect that some people are more talented in driving (like myself :) ), but for most learners, auto is the way.

Also the auto cars are as cheap as manual cars now, it takes away the economical need to get a manual.

I know how to drive manual and could have got a manual instructor licence, but I purposely chose an auto licence is for the safety of most  learners. I am only a driving test away from the manual instructor, and I am pretty sure I can pass it.

My apology to those talented learners who would want to start with manual. If more people ask me to be a manual instructor, maybe I will change my mind.

At the end of the day, we don’t know our future. So say “I love you” to the loved ones today, not tomorrow.

Please don’t kill our own children at our driveway

Very sad news from Yahoo: A three-year-old Sydney boy playing with a ball has become the third child in six days – and the eighth in less than two years – to have died after being run over by a vehicle at their home.

Wednesday’s tragedy has prompted police to urge people to check around their vehicle before driving away.

“My message to parents is please know where your children are when you are reversing your car,” Superintendent Sue Waites told reporters on Wednesday.

“Look around your vehicle, put the children in the vehicle with you or put the children inside the house or in the care of a person.

“But you really need to know where your children are at all times.”