What do you need to know to pass your driv­ing test?

South Burnett Times - - LIFE -

GET­TING your driv­ing li­cence can be a stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

It can be dif­fi­cult and frus­trat­ing for par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers to teach new driv­ers, so in­vest­ing in driv­ing lessons with An­drew Cross could keep stress lev­els low.

Mr Cross runs An­drew’s Driv­ing Class. He’s been a driv­ing in­struc­tor for seven years and has run his own busi­ness for the past two.

He has au­to­matic and man­ual cars avail­able to learn to drive in.

Mr Cross said the ben­e­fit of driv­ing lessons was that every hour you do with an in­struc­tor is worth three in your log book.

“I can give peo­ple bits of ad­vice learnt from other peo­ple’s mis­takes,” he said.

Mr Cross knows what’s go­ing to be on the driv­ing test and will help peo­ple per­fect their ma­noeu­vr­ers in or­der to pass.

“I know what they like to see you be able to do and I can act as that bridge be­tween Queens­land Trans­port and you,” he said.

Mr Cross can work driv­ing lessons in around your sched­ule and can do school pick-ups and drop-offs for lessons.

Learner driv­ers can also use his car to do their test.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t have a man­ual car at home and they want to learn in a man­ual car to get their man­ual li­cence so they can use my car,” he said.

“But you don’t have to do all your hours in a man­ual.”

His car has dual con­trols so par­ents can feel at ease that if some­thing goes wrong, Mr Cross can take con­trol.

Mr Cross said when peo­ple started learn­ing to drive they of­ten had a skewed im­pres­sion of what was im­por­tant on the road.

“Peo­ple can get very fix­ated on things that Queens­land Trans­port are ac­tu­ally very for­giv­ing about and miss the big things,” he said.

“Get­ting a good idea of the ex­pec­ta­tion of the driv­ing ex­am­iner and what’s im­por­tant to fo­cus on and giv­ing them the con­fi­dence for what they are do­ing is what I can do.”

Mr Cross said many peo­ple who were learn­ing to drive didn’t have ac­cess to a car or a su­per­vi­sor to teach them.

He said a li­cence could open up more op­por­tu­ni­ties in peo­ple’s lives such as help­ing them get a job.

“I’m happy to help them and give them tips and work with a time that suits them,” he said

Lessons with Mr Cross are $50 for an hour and $80 for a two-hour les­son.

TAKE THE WHEEL: An­drew Cross from An­drew’s Driv­ing Class in Kin­garoy. PHOTO: KATHER­INE MOR­RIS

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