Accredited Older Driver Assessors |Ryde|Hunters Hill|

old-driver-assesor the traffic, the hazards, the concentration. It can all feel quite overwhelming for some.

Having to limit where we drive, or even worse, losing all our ability to drive, can mean losing more than just the transportation. It can mean losing our independence. So what happens when you turn 75?

In NSW drivers are required to have an annual medical examination to retain their license once they reach 75. Two months before your birthday you will receive a form in which your doctor must complete. If you doctor still deems you medically fit to drive, the form can be handed in to your local RMS. If your doctor has some concerns with your ability to drive safely they may either refer you to another doctor for a second opinion and then to an Older Driver Assessor for a detailed medical assessment and practical driving test.

Once you turn 85 and every two years after, you must choose whether you surrender your driver’s license or choose to switch to a modified license. If you opt to keep your unrestricted license you are required to complete a practical driving test or assessment to maintain your existing license.

If you decide to choose to switch to a modified license this means that some negotiations need to be made between yourself and RMS in regards to the restrictions that may be put on your license. For example a “Home to Town” condition could be put in place. Or you may choose that you no longer drive after dark.

So if you are sent for a Driving Assessment what happens? Well, a driving assessment is carried out by a licensed driving instructor who holds the Older Driver  Assessments are usually conducted from your home and on the local streets you drive every day. As long as you don’t perform a serious fail during your assessment, based on RMS standards you will hold on your full license. In case of failed driving assessment, you can have as many assessments as you like or you have the option to change your license from full to modify license. What is a serious fail? A serious fail may be recorded when your driving behaviours pose a danger to yourself and other road users.

Driving assessments should be completed prior to turning 85 years old and then every two years after that. At P-School, we are a licensed Older Driver Assessor. When choosing us to perform your assessments you know that you or your loved one is in great hands as all our instructors are calm, patient and empathetic to the senior community.

Preparing for your P’s Test

driving-testThat time is drawing near! You have clocked up all your driver-training hours. Your log-book has filled to the brim. Your driving instructor is getting confident in your abilities as a safe driver – It’s time to book in your P-Plate driving test!

But what are some practical tips for the driver who is getting ready to participate in that nerve wracking practical driving exam?

Firstly, make sure you have practiced in ALL weather conditions – If you have avoided practice driving in the rain – then how will you feel confidently prepared if the weather is bad during your practical driving test?

Whenever you are in the car as a passenger before your test, imagine that you are the driver. Look for all obstacles, pedestrians and other potential hazards. See and imagine what happens at each intersection you come to. Watch what your driver is doing. See how confident they are in their abilities and know that soon enough you will feel that too.

Arrive a little early to your test. Look around and get a feel for the location. If possible have your driving instructor take you for some practice lessons in the testing area.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! Don’t take any risks during your test. ALWAYS ensure there is a safe gap at intersections, that you have checked all mirrors and blind spots, and coming to a complete halt at Stop signs IS A MUST.

Ensure you eat well on testing day. Not eating well can affect your concentration and alertness. Meaning you can feel faint and your reaction time could be poor in the case of a potential hazard or making judgements at intersections.

Be polite to your Testing Officer. Be calm and pleasantly confident, but don’t come across too cocky and carefree. Instead, point out potential hazards as you see them. They will appreciate that you are acting as observant and careful driver.

And finally… try your absolute best to RELAX on the day. Yes it is stressful, but you are more likely to make mistakes if you are panicked. The Testing Officers are human too, they understand how you feel, and have been there and done it themselves once upon a time!

Driving School in North Sydney


Learning to drive can be a stressful, tough process. This is why you need a driving school that will take the time to teach you the right way, not just the fast way. P-School takes the time to understand your requirements and tailor the ideal package to suit your experience and ability. Some learner drivers need more support than others and regardless of what you need, we can provide it. Our team includes instructors who pride themselves on their patient approach to lessons, ensuring you are comfortable and relaxed at all times. We have found that when a student is calm and relaxed, they are better able to absorb the instructions of our teachers and remain in control at the wheel.

Our driving school creates safe confident graduates

We don’t simply teach people to drive. While the technical aspects of controlling a car are important, and understanding the road rules vital to being a good driver, they aren’t the entire package. We work with our students to provide a more holistic approach, focussing on the fundamentals as well as the concept of road etiquette. We think it is important to produce courteous and conscience drivers who treat driving and other road users with respect and care at all times. Our aim is to produce graduates who add to the safety of our roads, not simply get their licences.

Experience and expertise delivering driving lessons throughout North Sydney

Each instructor employed by P-School has many years of experience, teaching people of every background how to drive. They are all highly qualified and have valid police checks. We are committed to the safety of our students and take pride in customer satisfaction. Whether you are confident behind the wheel already, or need to start from the very beginning, we can cater to your needs.

Get in touch and discover more today

For further information about our school, get in touch with our team today. We will be happy to discuss your requirement and devise the ideal lesson plan to suit your needs. Pick up the phone and call us on 0439 410 060 to speak with our team. We can answer your questions and queries to ensure you are choosing the right North Sydney driving school for you. Alternatively, fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Manual Cars for Learner Drivers Make Sense

Buying a car can be an exciting but frustrating experience. This is especially true when it’s time for a teenager to learn to drive. Many parents are hesitant to allow their children to practice on the family cars. They prefer to buy a second-hand model for such purposes. This is also a way of ensuring that the new car owners will take special care of their own vehicle.

The dilemma then arises—should we buy an automatic or a manual car for our child? The popular response is a no-brainer. “Please dad, I would love to drive an automatic car. All my friends have them.”

Before rushing out to please your children, remember that they will more than likely be operating their chosen car when taking a driving test. No problem, except that if an automatic transmission car is used for the test, the driver will only receive a licence for an automatic vehicle. There sits the challenge!

This could be bad news if the driver should decide one day to drive a car with a manual transmission. This is not allowed. The driver must undergo another test at a manual driving school. This situation could have been avoided in the first place by taking a driving test with a manual car. In other words, if learner drivers take a driving test in an automatic car and pass the test, they will only be issued with a licence that allows them to drive an automatic car.

Many drivers might go through life only driving an automatic vehicle. However, there might be occasions when they are asked to be a dedicated driver for a friend after a special occasion. That is fine, but only if the car is automatic. Adult children could be asked to drive their parents’ manual cars sometimes. Again, there will be a problem if they only have a driving licence for automatic vehicles.

In future, when buying a car for a learner driver bear in mind that some day he or she might want to get behind the wheel of another car that might turn out to be manually operated.

What is the difference between an automatic and a manual vehicle? When considering a first car there are some issues to consider. Generally, manual vehicles are somewhat less expensive than their automatic counterparts. At the same time, manual transmission cars don’t use as much fuel. They also give the driver better control. On the other hand, automatic cars are easier to drive.

The upkeep of manual cars is not as expensive. Mechanics confirm that automatic gear boxes are more challenging and therefore servicing can sometimes be expensive.

Perhaps when making an appointment with a driving school, it would be wise to ask a professional opinion on whether or not your child should learn to drive with a manual or automatic transmission vehicle.

It is well worth remembering that after a manual car has served its purpose and your child has finally passed the P1 and P2 driving tests, an automatic transmission car could be the next step.