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Murcotts P Plater Driver Training Program has been developed to combat the crash rate of newly licensed drivers.

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The greatly reduced price is being offered because newly licensed drivers are at great risk in their first 12 months of driving.  There is a serious shortfall in post-licence driver training in Australia.  We want to ensure that every young driver in Australia is given the opportunity to attend this program and develop life saving driving skills.

What is the P Plater Problem?

The 18 – 25 year old group of probationary drivers are over-represented in vehicle crashes. Australian research shows that in their first year of driving young drivers are almost four times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash than more experienced drivers. These statistics are disturbing.  While the number of road deaths among 18 to 25 year old drivers has decreased over recent years, Victoria still loses around 20 to 30 young drivers every year to road crashes.  On average, 600 young drivers are also seriously injured every year.

The problem is many probationary drivers crash in their first 6 - 12 months of their driving. Focusing on the death toll alone conceals the problem of increasing crash and injury rates for young drivers. “We may be making progress, but we remain blindsided by our focus on just the tip of the iceberg” (Johnston 2014). At Murcotts, we think that all crashes should be recorded regardless of outcome. If we want to truly impact road trauma for young drivers we need to stop them crashing.

Stereotyping young drivers as hoons and speedsters fails to recognise that most young people being injured or killed in road crashes are well intentioned, responsible drivers who were doing the right thing by the law. Very often their crash was as a result of misinterpreting hazards or unintentional risk taking.  If we look at the National single vehicle, run off a straight road crashes, we find that in the last three years, 60 young drivers died and over 600 were seriously injured.  These were not hoon drivers and the majority were travelling at or under the posted speed limit. They just didn't understand the situational risk because they never received appropriate training.
(Johnston I R, et al 2014, "Eliminating Serious Injury and Death from Road Transport - A Crisis of Complacency", CRC Press, New York.)

The Solution

Murcotts P Plater Program has one key objective - to help young drivers avoid crashes. Designed to deliver the very best in Behaviour Based Defensive Driver Training, this blended learning approach includes theoretical, practical and online interventions delivered over a period of 6 months.

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The program consists of six key elements:

  • A one day Defensive Driver Training Course  focusing on driver thinking and decision making
  • Completion of the BAAMS® Driver Profile Tool
  • Completion of the P Plater eDrive™ online Driver Education Program
  • On Road Driver Coaching Session
  • Drink and Drug Driver Education Program
  • Participant Self Assessment Feedback and Review Process

Learning outcomes and content

The key learning outcome of this program is to assist young drivers to develop the skills that underpin crash free driving. These include:

  • Driver self-awareness (insight)
  • Dealing with overconfidence - attitudes
  • Risk taking
  • High order skills including spatial perception, awareness of issues around speed and distance
  • Identification of hazards and risks
  • Vision skills
  • Ergonomics for effective driver vision
  • Driver distraction and inattention
  • Proactive vs reactive driver responses
  • Road law review


Attendance Information:

Participants must be aged between 18 and 25 years and hold a current, valid Probationary driver licence.

Spectators are not permitted.

Drivers must sign an indemnity prior to participating in the practical component.

Particpants should bring their own lunch.

Participants must wear suitable clothing and be prepared for changing weather conditions including rain, wind, sun, etc.

Suitable footware must be worn - no thongs.


Participants must provide their own vehicle for the practical activities -preferably a vehicle with which they are familiar.  It must be registered and roadworthy.

Tyres should be inflated to 36psi.

Two participants may share the same vehicle.


The one day program commences at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm

The additional components will be rolled out over 6 months following the one day program.

Course Material:

Each participant receives Murcotts full colour Defensive Driving Program Workbook which is designed to enhance the learning during the program.

At the conclusion of the program, participants also receive Murcotts’ 29 page full colour Defensive Driving Handbook containing a summary of the Defensive Driving Program and additional information to assist being a safer driver.

Certificate Of Completion:

A certificate of completion will be issued to participants at the conclusion of the program.

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