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Do You Know What Kind of Truck Licence You Need for a Motor Home?

Motor Home Burleigh Driver Training School


Motor Home


So you have just seen the motor home of your dreams and are about to put down the deposit and plan your next adventure.

But do you know what class of licence you need so you can drive it?

There are a number of options depending on the gross vehicle mass or GVM of the vehicle. This is how much the vehicle can weigh when fully loaded.

Tare (empty vehicle weight) + maximum load = GVM

You can find the GVM on the compliance plate
Just remember it’s not what the vehicle does weigh but what it is legally allowed do weigh.

GVM Equal To or less than 4500 kg (Car Licence)

You’re in luck, this vehicle can be driven on a car licence.  But please bear in mind that they handle much more like a truck than a car and are significantly bigger than the average family car.

Take your time, giving your self-room to avoid potential hazards and use your mirrors to avoid cutting corners and damaging your pride and joy.

GVM greater than 4500 kg but less than 8000 kg (Light Rigid)

You will find these vehicles are not much bigger than the car licence motor homes, but you will need to obtain a light rigid licence.

For most drivers the step up to a light rigid vehicle is quite easy as they are not much different to driving the smaller car licence motor homes.

GVM equal to or greater than 8000 kg but only two axels (Medium Rigid)

Now you are getting into serious heavy vehicle territory you will find the medium rigid motor homes have more in common with a bus or truck than a car.
The large Winnebagos fall into this class of vehicle but have the advantage of giving you a more spacious environment to live while you travel Australia.

GVM equal to or greater than 8000kg with three or more axels (Heavy Rigid)

Similar in size the medium rigid vehicles but can carry more weight. There is very little difference between driving the larger medium rigid’s compared to a heavy rigid as they have the same maximum dimensions as a medium rigid.

Very few purpose built motor homes will be heavy rigid’s as you don’t need to carry the weight, however you do find a number of converted coaches that will require a heavy rigid licence.


There are a number of gearbox options but in reality most modern motor homes will an automatic transmission to make your driving easier.

Even if you do your driving test in an auto and you have manual car licence you will obtain a condition b (standard manual licence)

Driving Schools only have trucks.

This is the case with the vast majority of driving school, however whether it is a motor home, bus, truck or crane they are all classed as a heavy vehicle and require the same licence.

So if you get your licence in a truck you will still be able to drive your motor home.

When training you to drive a heavy vehicle the truck is a better option as they generally have better vision and are a bit more stable than a bus or motor home making it easier for the trainee.

So what are you waiting for? If that motor home of your dreams is calling out to you, make sure you have the right licence so you can get on the road.

What do you learn when training for your truck licence?

What do you learn when training for your truck licence?



So you have decided to get your truck licence but what are you going to learn?

This will vary from student to student but below is an outline of what you will learn:

Road Rules

For most people it may have been many years since they got their car licence. Over the course of the training we will monitor how well you obey the road rules as well as give you a refresher on some of the rules we have found our students are not so familiar with.

When are you allowed travel in a bus lane when driving a truck?

Answer – If you are turning left at an intersection 100m before the intersection.

Controls and their Operation

We will familiarise you with the controls of the vehicle you are driving. While they are similar to a car’s every, vehicles controls are different and it is expected you know how to operate all the controls from lights to demisting the windscreen.  Also a couple of the controls in the trucks operate a little differently to a car.

Vehicle Size and Lane Positioning

Getting used to the size of the vehicle size is an important part of the training.  You learn how to position the vehicle on the road to ensure to don’t hit other vehicles or cut a corner.  Also as a truck is a lot wider than a car you may find you have concentrate more on keeping the truck within your lane.

The use of your mirrors is an important part of ensuring you maintain your vehicle in an appropriate position on the road.

Vehicle Control and smooth vehicle operation

Maintaining control of your vehicle is a critical to driving a truck safely and during the course of your training we will ensure you are operating the controls correctly and improving areas where you need a little more work.

If training with the road ranger gear box we will be training you fully on how to operate this type of gear box.

Areas we often work on with our students are as follows:
  • Steering control such as two hands on the steering wheel
  • Clutch Coasting
  • Gear Selection
Safe Driving Techniques (Scanning and Planning)

Scanning the road ahead and planning your course of action is an important part of safe driving.  You don’t want any surprises when driving a vehicle over 10 tonne.

Allow for other road users everyone makes mistakes.

Types of information and hazards you should be looking for:

  • Traffic ahead is it slowing or maintaining speed.
  • Safe following distance
  • Safe stoping distance
  • Scanning intersections
  • Change in road conditions ie a corner or hill
  • Green lights they are going to go red soon.
  • Ascending and Descending hills in a truck.
Specific Manoeuvres

You all remember the dreaded parallel park and three-point turn from your car licence test don’t you?

While you don’t need to do either of these manoeuvres in a truck there are a couple you will need to do.

Hill Start

We will teach to how to start of in a truck on a and make sure it does not roll back. You don’t want to crash into the car behind you.

Around the Corner Reverse

You will required to reverse around a corner to the left while being no more than 1 meter off the kerb while only using your mirrors.

Driving Experience

We will give you a broad driving experience from the motor way to smaller residential streets, roundabout’s to stop signs to ensure you are ready for any situation you find on your driving test.

Our Experience

300 to 400 people a year will obtain their licence though Burleigh Driver Training School and with years of experience our trainers understand what your assessor will be looking for when you undertake your driving test. Many students make the same mistakes when learning to drive a truck or undertaking a driving test so benefit from that experience and we can help to not make the same mistake.

Are you Learning to Drive with your Parents or an Instructor?



Learning to drive: Who is the Best Driving Teacher: Parents or Instructor?

Are you Learning to Drive with your Parents or an Instructor?


Most teenagers look forward to experience driving on their own once they reach the legal age for driving.  Most teenagers have their parents to teach them the basic do’s and don’ts of driving, while some chooses to seek professional training with a driving school and a qualified instructor.  Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. But learning to drive is not an easy task.


Having a parent to teach a teen to drive can save money and time compared to enrolling in a driving school.  However, some parents may not have as much time and patience required when teaching their child to drive.   There are also important technicalities that professional instructors know about driving especially when it comes to safety.


One of the reasons why teenagers who want to own a car and drive is to feel a greater sense of freedom. They consider themselves as mature individuals who can handle things such as driving.  Many teenagers beg their parents to teach them how to drive, while others prefer having a driving lesson in a legitimate driving organization like the Burleigh Driver Training School

In order to help you decide whether your parents or a driving instructor is best to teach you, here’s a number of significant differences between the training you may get from your parents or from the driving school.


Learning From Your Parents


  • Parents may feel that one of their responsibilities is to teach you how to drive and consider it as your bonding time
  • Parents will help you determine whether you are ready to start learning.
  • Parents can communicate deeper with you regarding your fears or expectations about driving on your own
  • Parents also know if you can handle stressful situations that you may encounter once you start training with them. Learning to drive requires a lot of patience, effort, and determination
  • Parents can provide emotional and mental support
  • You can save money  associated with enrolling in a professional driving school
  • You will be able to learn the basics of training and then apply it eventually once you decide to go in a training school
  • Can save effort and time especially the 200 hours required by a state
  • As you are the trainee, you can feel some confusion if your parents are teaching you the right things you need to learn before going on the road
  • Parents may lose focus, enthusiasm, and patience especially if they just came out of a hard day’s work
  • Parents may feel nervous when they are the passenger and their child is driving. Lack of trust and confidence can also be an issue


Learning from an Instructor


  • Acquired knowledge from a qualified, reliable and friendly instructor
  • Instructors have patience in understanding that teenagers are one of the most difficult students in the training area
  • Instructor will provide feedbacks for your continuous progress and will also give you support and encouragement
  • Instructors will help you refresh your mind with some of the road rules and traffic signs
  • Instructors will provide you some tips for safety driving
  • Instructors will help you understand the essence of getting the correct type of licence for you
  • Instructors will educate teens about bad habits to avoid when driving
  • Instructors uses current and modern vehicle for their training
  • Students who have busy schedules from school can still attend training because of flexible booking hours


Now that you know the benefits of each options has, it will be up to you to decide. You should understand how these benefits would weigh on how much you accept learning. You just have to take note that: “Learning how to drive is a huge responsibility.”


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