Driving Lesson Package Information

Information about what the lessons and packages include

Driving Lesson Package Information

Penrith Driving School has a number of different quality driving lessons and driving lesson packages available. These include RMS/Car Hire packages that include the car hire for the RMS driving test. Buying lessons as packages can save you money based on individual lesson prices. We don’t pressure you into buying lessons and always suggest you do a “try before buying” lesson if considering purchasing a larger lesson package.

Normal Lesson Hours

Monday to Friday 7 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday 7 am to 1 pm
All lesson types purchased such single lessons, lesson packages, RMS Packages and Gift Certificates will be available during these hours only.  

Driving lessons after 6 pm Monday to Friday and after 1 pm on Saturday or Sunday are charged at a higher rate as per price page. These are after-hours lessons so cost more if we give up our time, sorry we have families as well.

Quality Driving Lessons

Buying quality and informative lessons will give you better value and students will learn more. Parents can also discuss with us what they would like their son or daughters to learn. It always a good opportunity for parents the meet instructors and ask any questions you may have. Pay for the first lesson at the time of the booking. If you are satisfied with us we then can deduct the cost from the package price which is payable prior to the next lesson.

Prepaid Lessons

All our lessons are Pre-Paid and all bookings are only held for 24 hoursIf no payment has been received within that time then we may use that space for someone else. For further information please read our terms and conditions.

Please note the balance of lesson package can only be paid by:
Visa/Mastercard over the phone
Visa/Mastercard by Paywave/Eftpos on site after the first lesson which was prepaid.
Internet/Bank Transfer.
Online purchases cannot apply the discount of the first lesson through our website.
We can also take payment by EFTPOS/Paywave directly after your first lesson with our card machine.
Please do not purchase a lesson package through our website if you want to us apply the first lesson discount of a lesson package. Paypal fees (Paid by you) are included in lessons purchases through our website.
To avoid Paypal fees choose internet banking.

Finding the Lesson Time is Important for Skill Progression

We ask students at the time of their lessons have they been reading the road rules? What about reading the guide to the driving test?
Have you been practicing and writing down your driving processes? Driving is more dangerous than school. If you don’t know the requirements then learn them, it’s not hard.
Students and parents should consider that learning to drive properly is equally if not a more important subject than school. Allowing adequate learning time for driving in order to become a safe, confident and skilled driver. Neglecting to practice properly will reduce a student’s learning ability so frequent quality practice should be aimed for and try to vary the driving conditions.

Narrow Learning

Too many students drive up and down the same roads which are basically “narrow learning” so maybe take a different route so you learn different skills and have a “wider learning” knowledge and include intersections, roundabouts, traffic lights. Practice what you are not confident at so you can gain more experience.

How many days a week do you go to school?
How many days a week do you practice driving?
Which is more dangerous?
No practice = no experience.

Lesson Areas

For students who live outside the RMS training and RMS testing areas, we suggest you do 90-minute lessons as travelling to and from training/testing areas reduces valuable lesson time in training/testing areas. In some areas, we only do 90min. 120 min lessons are available upon request. 
All lessons, packages, and driving tests must be prepaid.
See our T’s & C’s for further information.

For the correct advice and information, the first time, contact Penrith Driving School.

Every 1 Hour = 3 Hours in your Logbook

Have driving lessons with Penrith Driving School and you will receive 3 hours for every 1-hour driving lesson with us. This allows for a maximum of 10 instructed hours to equate to 30 hours being recorded in your logbook in total. Note: a 1 hour night lesson is recorded as 1 night hour and 2 day hours not 3 night hours.

Single Lessons

Our single lessons are 60 minutes or 90 minutes.
Lessons are available in either an Automatic Vehicle or a Manual Vehicle.
Students can decide what they want to learn during these lessons.

3 Lesson

Our 3 lesson packages are 60 minutes or 90 minutes.
Lessons are available in either an Automatic Vehicle or a Manual Vehicle.
Students can decide what they want to learn during these lessons.
They consist of 3 lessons in an Automatic Vehicle or a Manual Vehicle for the selected duration.

5 Lesson

Our 5 lesson packages are 5 x 60 minute or 5 x 90 minute.
Lessons are available in either an Automatic Vehicle or a Manual Vehicle.
Students can decide what they want to learn during these lessons.
Used as an introduction to learning the basics or improving your driving for those with some experience.
They consist of 5 lessons an Automatic Vehicle or a Manual Vehicle for the selected duration.

10 Lesson

Our 10 lesson packages are 10 x 60-minute lessons. (10+ is bonus 60 min driving time)
Lessons are available in either an Automatic Vehicle or a Manual Vehicle.
Students can decide what they want to learn during these lessons.
Used as an introduction to learning the basics for new drivers.
Improving your driving for those with some experience.
After these lessons, parents can feel more confident when supervising.

They consist of 10 lessons an Automatic Vehicle or a Manual Vehicle for the selected duration.
Gain 30 log book hours for new learners with no previous driving school lessons.
As with all learning how much students will learn is up to the student’s individual ability.
During promotion periods students may receive an “extra 60 minutes of driving time” 2 lessons will be extended to 1.5 hours.

Automatic Packages

Packages are available in 3, 5 lessons and 10 lessons.
Used as an introduction to learning the basics for learners or improving your driving for those with some experience.
All packaged lessons can be used as either 60 minute or 90-minute lessons to the total amount of lesson time available in the package.
Suitable for new students without any driving experience or those wanting to learn how to drive better.
Lessons should be frequent to keep the flow of knowledge so at least 2 lessons per week should be your goal.

 

RMS Driving Test

The RMS provides the learning requirements which we teach to students so they learn the correct process as per the RMS guidelines.
The requirements are shown to the students so they know what they need to show the RMS assessor during the driving test so if you are preparing for your driving test ensure you give yourself enough time prior to the driving test to be prepared properly.

RMS Assessors

If you didn’t know when you go for a driving test the expectation of an RMS accessor is that you’re able to drive safely, have vehicle control, be able to respond to hazards and have a good understanding of the road rules. They expect you to be able to follow their directions like turn left, turn right and perform the maneuvers as requested. If you still require assistance when driving you need more practice. The RMS Assessors do not help you drive so you need to drive independently for a driving test.

Are you Ready?

Quite often we have students coming to us wanting to do just a couple of driving lessons prior to their driving test as they think they are ready but they struggle to show us they can drive correctly and independently to pass a driving test usually because they do not practice enough. Driving is serious so be properly prepared.

RMS Criteria 

You should remember that the RMS Driving Test is based on the “Guide to the Driving Test” not whether you can drive a vehicle. How you drive it during must be to testing criteria not how you may have been driving. One reason students continually struggle is they are inexperienced and can end up failing as they aren’t properly prepared. We can only instruct you on what is the correct way to meet the RMS Test Criteria. If you can drive properly by yourself then you should pass a driving test without any problem.

Manual Lesson Packages

Learning to drive a manual properly is much more complex than just getting into a car and changing gears. Teaching requires more techniques and skill from the instructor with lots of quality practice by the student. We have students coming to us after they have failed their driving tests to then learn how to drive a manual properly. Much easier to learn before the driving test also helps if you have been taught correctly.

Learning is a Process

For new learners just starting out learning a manual vehicle the process. It can be a lot of information to take in but everything is a process. The process is built up over time until basic requirements and coordination are more consistent when learning the “friction point” for moving off. You also have to able to stop correctly, learning to steer correctly and shift gears properly. This is not learned in a few lessons and takes repetition and practice.

Learn to Drive Properly

Being able to drive a manual vehicle is one thing, driving a manual vehicle correctly is another. Only buy these lessons if you want to be taught properly to the RMS testing standards and that starts with the first lesson. It does involve theory as you need to understand what you are trying to do. It’s not just getting in the car and driving. You must learn to feel the vehicle and listen to the vehicle when driving and this takes time. Good hand and leg coordination is also required.

Controlling the Vehicle

Learning the limitations of a vehicle can help with vehicle control and if you don’t know how to do this you will struggle with proper vehicle control. It is very common when students come to us they struggle with good vehicle control. Learning about vehicle dynamics is discussed and the importance of being in control and being able to respond to a hazard. After students start to understand they improve their driving by knowing what the car can and can’t do and how they can do this.

Experience

Students may be able to drive a manual vehicle but it may not be good enough to pass the RMS driving test as the licence testing requirements are much stricter. Too often we have students that do not have enough experience where it counts.
Learning to drive properly doesn’t happen overnight because muscle memory requires time to learn the correct coordination and being able to multitask in order to operate vehicle controls effectively whilst gaining the confidence needed to become a safer and better driver.

Driving Test Requirements

The RMS has Driving Test requirements which students need to be to show during the driving test so students need to learn the correct process as per the RMS guidelines. The requirements are shown to the students so they know what they need to show the RMS assessor during the driving test. If you are preparing for your driving test and considering manual driving lessons ensure you give yourself enough time prior to the driving test to be prepared properly.

Meeting the Requirements

If you didn’t know when you go for a driving test the expectation of an RMS accessor is that you’re able to drive independently.
Also, have good vehicle control and be able to respond to hazards. Understanding the road rules. They expect you to be able to follow their directions like turn left, turn right and perform the manoeuvres as requested. 
If you are still requiring assistance when driving you need more practice and you will fail the driving test.

RMS Criteria

The RMS Driving Test is based on the “Guide to the Driving Test” not whether you can drive a manual vehicle.
How you drive a vehicle during the Driving Test is dependent on how much practice you have had and your ability to meet the testing criteria. Students continually struggle and can end up failing as they aren’t properly prepared. We can only instruct you on what is the correct way to meet the RMS Test Criteria. If you can drive properly then you should pass a driving test without any problem.

Penrith Driving School can advise you correctly and are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Contact us today to begin your driving experience and learn to correct way to drive.

City – Coastal – Open Road Drives

Our Open road, City and Coastal driving is available to people and students with experience who would like to improve in these areas of driving. Sometimes students and people do not get any experience in this type of driving. Some people are fearful of city driving and freeway or motorway driving. Others have never been along roads on the outskirts of the metropolitan area or country areas. This could include steep and winding roads, overtaking traffic on single lanes. The use of gears to control car speed down hills. These drives are not for new learners but those with licences or experience.

City Driving 

Our City Driving will be driving in busy traffic towards the city so you can gain some confidence and road experience. There will be a break during the drive. If you want to drive on tollways then fees will be included for this at the time of the booking on a round trip through Sydney. The M5. M7, M2, M4, Lane Cove Tunnel, Harbour Tunnel, Harbour Bridge etc all charge fees to use. We use roads that can avoid some of these areas but still include motorway and freeway driving and heavy traffic conditions. These drives are not for new learners but those with licences or experience.

Coastal Driving 

Our Coastal Driving will be towards the coast so you can gain some confidence and road experience. There will be a break during the drive. The south coast does not have any toll fees but if you want to drive on the North side of Sydney toll fees will be included at the time of the booking trip through Sydney. The M7, M2, M4, Lane Cove Tunnel, Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel etc all charge fees to use. We use roads that can avoid some of these areas but cannot control the traffic so delays are inevitable. You can decide where you would like to drive to. These drives are not for new learners but those with licences or experience.

Open Road- Country Driving 

Our Open Road and Country Drive will be driving on roads that may be up through the Blue Mountains so people can gain some confidence and road experience. There will be a break during the drive. Confined and tight roads that include steep hills and bends and winding roads. Maybe we go South, North, or West the choice is up to sometimes even a ferry crossing. These drives are not for new learners but those with licences or experience.

RMS Practice Test

Do you want to test yourself on a pretend driving test but under similar conditions that you would have with an RMS assessor? Some people need to pass their driving test on their first attempt. Find out if you would pass a driving test. Obviously, the traffic conditions on the day of the real driving test can vary. You will be expected to show independent driving by yourself. You will be asked to do a 3 point turn, a reverse parallel park and perform a kerbside stop which will include a hill start for manual vehicles.

This is not a driving lesson. Once we attend the RMS at Penrith there is no further assistance. We use a similar test sheet to that of the RMS to score you which you can keep after your practice test. If you are asked to park you will be expected to park the appropriate way which can include nose first. This only a practice test there is NO licence issued should you pass.

Meet and Know the Requirements

If you didn’t know when you go for a driving test the expectation of an RMS accessor is that you’re able to drive independently.
Also, have good vehicle control and be able to respond to hazards. Understanding the road rules. They expect you to be able to follow their directions like turn left, turn right and perform the manoeuvres as requested. 
If you are still requiring assistance when driving you need more practice and you will fail the driving test.

Penrith Driving School can advise you correctly and are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Contact us today to begin your driving experience and learn to correct way to drive.