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10 Years Of Keys 2 Drive

Keys2drive recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. After its launch in Tasmania a decade ago, it is now one of Australia’s most successful driver education programs.

Keys2drive offers learner drivers and their supervisors a free 60-minute driving lesson with a qualified instructor. The aim of the program is to prevent death and injury among young drivers, especially during the first six months of their P plates when they are most at risk.

Within the first year of independent driving, provisional licence holders are 20 times more likely to be in a car crash than when they are on their L plates and driving with a supervisor.

Keys2drive encourages young drivers to ‘find their own way’ by focusing on more practice behind the wheel in a range of conditions, and developing a deep understanding of the responsibility that comes with being a safe driver.

The free lesson is also a valuable opportunity for supervising drivers to refresh their road rules and safety knowledge, so they can provide higher quality supervision.

Independence! Kaiden with his P Plates.
Trevor Lewis taught the first Keys2drive lesson in Australia 10 years ago.

Since 2009, nearly 730,000 learner drivers and their supervisors have participated in a Keys2drive lesson across Australia.

Research conducted in 2019 found that 94% of supervisors observed that their learner driver had a greater appreciation of the risks of solo driving after having the free lesson.

Additionally, 95% of supervising drivers felt more comfortable teaching their learner how to drive.