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.”



Paid $15,000 for a FREE lesson

True story…one of my friends, got a very kind offer from her friend,  that he could help her learn driving in his car, a sweet start.

In the 1st lesson, my learner friend, although under “supervision” from her friend who was a full licence holder, slammed on the accelerator and turned the wheel to the wrong side, and hit a building’s letter boxes wall.

And her nice volunteering  friend, did not have insurance. So she paid for the repair of the building and the car, total $15,000.

A very sad story…

If, she took on an instructor’s lesson, paid maybe $50 for that lesson, that kind of accident very unlikely to happen, coz the instructor would have full control to the car and much better trained to handle the ‘rough learners’…even it happened, she could have enjoyed the no liability treat, and even better, the instructor would have to arrange a taxi to take her home, with no charge to her.

You know what I mean…

Not every RTA Test Centre is equal

Well I just got a call this morning from a new student, planning to do his driving test in a certain RTA centre. I asked him if there was any particular reason that he wanted to do his test there, he said no. So I told him if no special reason, don’t do your test there!


I am glad he called us…


Not every RTA centre is the same for learners, due to the road and traffic conditions during normal test hours.


We cannot reveal how unequal they are due to the sensitivity of the issue. Please give us a call if  you wish to discuss which RTA test centre is good for you.

Which way do I steer when reversing?

I know its confusing enough…so let me make it simple and easy:

If the rear of your car going LEFT, then steer to LEFT;

If the rear of your car going RIGHT, then steer RIGHT.


Reverse Parallel Parking as Easy as 1-2-3

Most learner drivers (and even some full licencees) see Reverse Parallel Parking as hard as climbing Mt Everest. I have been using this approach to teach students and all of them can do it in the first lesson, they are usually amazed by their ability, so I think I should share it here for more to benefit.


How driving test can fail easy

My son just told me, one of his friends booked the driving test yesterday, planning to past it, then drives by himself to high school formal today. But, one of his car’s indicator lights did not work, so he failed the test even before starting the engine! $48 test fee gone,ouch…


Other common problems are, the brake light not working, the thread of the tyres too low, etc.


That’s why its smarter to rent the instructor’s car, which is usually much better maintained…