Sitting Your Licence

DRIVING INSTRUCTORS

  • Christine Jones 027-245-2563
  • Gilly Cleland 027-515-2873
  • James Goodman 027-538-6226
  • Juelaine Keen 027-246-0027

 

DRIVING INSTRUCTORS

  • Margaret 027-434-5179
  • Mariesa Crook 022-352-8163
  • Neville Cross 027-688-3748
  • Ralph 027-256-6018

 

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We offer road safety education services and talks to community groups, schools and businesses in the district. Call Daniel on 027 438 6285 or (03)687 7235

EXPLORE ACTIVITIES

Why have a learner licence?

Actually, this is the safest period for driving!

The reasons for this are:

  • There is an “L” plate displayed and this makes other drivers give you more space
  • As a driver you operate at a slower speed
  • You will have an experienced driver in the car with you, watching out for danger.

Want to be a good driver?

The learning stage is the time you set the foundation for your driving career so make sure it’s solid. Many people are not good with driving at all.

Good drivers can read the road and traffic conditions to take evasive actions when needed. On the other hand dodgy drivers drive like zombies, unaware of what’s happening around them. This makes them and other road users extremely vulnerable.

How can you improve your driving skills?

The first thing is to get a good driving instructor. A qualified driving instructor will help you instill good procedures and habits.

Drive under supervision as much as possible on different road types and under different conditions.

Research in Australia has shown that when learner drivers are subjected to 120 hours of supervised driving under different conditions, their crash rates drop by 40%.

A good start is for parents to sign up as a coach for their teenage learner driver on the https://drive.govt.nz/ website.

Before you go for your restricted licence test, get a few more lessons with your driving instructor.

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Restricted Stage

Restricted licence drivers are four times more likely to crash than learner drivers! Why? Because you drive solo now – with nobody in the car to warn you about stuff. Again, if you had done the hard work earlier, you would be able to handle most common situations. Here, you also run the risk of picking up some bad habits – so be aware of that.

What does merge like a zip mean?

It means that drivers on either lane must merge by using the following rules:

  1. The vehicle that is the furthest ahead in the queue goes first – regardless of the sign or lane position
  2. The driver who is second should adjust speed to let the first vehicle in
  3. Then all vehicles behind must do the same to let one vehicle in each lane get in.
  4. When merging with trucks, give them enough space to get in

Why do slower drivers speed up at passing lanes?

Research suggest it is because the road becomes wider and those drivers feel more confident to go faster on the two lanes. Sometimes it may be intentional, but in most cases it will be unintentional.

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