Driver Fatigue & Road Safety

Almost everyone knows that driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a deadly combination. However, few people seem to realize the danger associated with driving while fatigued. In fact, drivers who become drowsy or fall asleep at the wheel contribute to thousands of crashes each year. More >

Too fast, too young – has teen driving become worse?

With thanks to & Damien Leith for this content

I was sitting at traffic lights the other day making my way to a gig in the Hunter Valley. It was lashing rain and the weather was terrible – you could barely see the road up ahead let alone the other traffic. More >

Winter is here so we have compiled some tips on driving safely in wet weather!

When driving in rain or when the road is wet your ability to stop will be reduced. In such conditions stopping distance will increase by a factor of two.  To compensate for this reduce your speed and increase the distance between you and any vehicle in front.

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Common faults with driving on the road

Speeding and Safety

Speeding increases crashes

Exceeding the speed limit increases the likelihood of a crash. In poor driving conditions, a crash is more likely if you drive at an inappropriate speed. The speed limit is the maximum allowable speed, but sometimes it is necessary to travel below the speed limit to stay safe.
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How long will it take me to learn to drive?

The reality is you never stop learning to improve your driving skills.   Passing the practical test is just the beginning, enabling you to drive unsupervised.  Throughout your life whilst driving you will continue to meet different, often unexpected situations on the roads, which will require you to react accordingly, drawing on the knowledge of past experiences and learning from the outcomes of the new ones.  Your driving lessons will help develop the foundations for safe and considerate driving to help you deal with most circumstances. More >


Whether you are learning to drive with a driving school or not, you might be considering using your own car when taking the practical driving test.

If you are, then check with your State Testing Authority for information on the rules for using your own car. More >

Victory for Viktoriya, another happy customer!


My name is Viktoriya Fedorova.
I’d like to express my thanks to Megan McLaughlin, the Excel Drive instructor with who I did a few lessons in preparation for my driving test. More >

Supervising Learner Drivers? Here are our top 10 tips for success!

Excel Drive believes it is beneficial to gain as much practical experience as possible when learning to drive, but we strongly recommend that learners should first have professional instruction from a qualified driving instructor, who can then give you specific areas to practice, when ready, during private practice. More >

The True Cost of Cheap Driving Lessons!

Excel Drive warns learner drivers to look for quality instruction over cheap deals.

A recent poll has found the cost of professional driving lessons varies by more than $27 across Australia.

We are warning learner drivers that quality should always be the residing factor – more so than price – when choosing a driving school to teach you this important life skill. More >

Proper Shoes For Driving!

Proper shoes for driving play a BIG part in driving safety. Yet there are a lot of people who drive with thick-soled shoes, high heels or sandals or no shoes at all !

Using footwear not suitable for driving may cause accidents on the road. A study team interviewed several people involved in near misses due to improper driving footwear. More >