ABSTRACT Objective Teen drivers remain at considerable risk of injury and fatality during the earliest years of independent driving. Multistage licensing programs, such as graduated driver licensing (GDL), have been implemented in numerous jurisdictions as a form of exposure control, mandating minimum practice periods and driving restrictions such as night driving and passenger limits. However, the teen driver's experiences of GDL during the Learner phase, and the driving and other advice they recommend be shared with all Learners, remains unknown at this time. Methods Thirty-seven Learner drivers (aged 16-18 years, mean = 16.7, mode = 16; 9 males) from two high schools (one private, 3 males; one public) participated in one of two (group 1: private school, n = 17) 45-minute group discussions. Results Two themes emerged: (1) learning to drive and (2) supervision of the learner driver. A wealth of experiences and advice pertaining to the sub-themes of supervisor behaviour, GDL, road environment, vehicle logistics and interacting with other road users were shared by Learners. Numerous recommendations are made pertaining to each sub-theme, such as clear instruction and feedback, tips for negotiating complex infrastructure, and normalising of outcomes like stalled vehicles when first learning to drive. Furthermore, it appears that current approaches of issuing supporting literature at the commencement of the Learner phase are insufficient. Conclusions The wealth of experiences and advice shared by the Learner drivers should be considered in refining the content and process of the Learner licence phase. Moreover, the non-use of Learner resources suggests that alternative mechanisms of engagement and information dissemination need to be explored.