Teen Drivers

3 people in group
Cost: Free
Length: 2 hours

Having got your licence, challenge yourself to drive proactively.

Improve your driving skills so you can keep yourself and others safe while you’re on the road.

We offer courses for drivers to improve their everyday driving skills, so you know how to avoid problems and what to do when unforseen things happens while you’re driving.

They’re not just theory courses either. They’re hands on, practical lessons. You get behind the wheel of the car and feel what it’s like to drive your car better, and what you can do to prevent a crash.

Learn how to be a better and safer driver now.

The Programme

This programme will fill in the gaps for new solo drivers who are the most at risk on NZ roads. It will cover areas where their own positive experiences of risk taking may in fact consolidate negative behaviour if it is not highlighted and addressed.

This programme will also allow students to participate in making safe choices they may not have otherwise had a chance to do on a consistent basis prior to their restricted test, especially if they have not undertaken a formal driver-training programme before gaining their restricted licence.

Module One - In the Driver's Seat

We’ll get started by giving you a rundown of the course and what you can expect. On a demonstration drive, the trainer will highlight the following skills:

  1. Identify Risks with 12 second scanning (hazard ID) consider change of speed or direction as primary way to avoid harm.

  2. Benefit of using a safe following distance subject to the driving conditions (2 - 4 second rule).

  3. Demonstration by trainer of emergency braking using ABS, if all else fails.

  4. Demonstrate safe approach and emerge at intersections, highlighting approach speed and scanning techniques.

Module Two

ABS-This module is used to demonstrate the importance of modules three and four, but at the same time helps remove the fear of the unknown by allowing each student to experience an emergency stop using ABS in a controlled environment on quiet roads – ideally in a 60kph or more speed zone.

  1. Understanding the pros and cons of ABS in regard to stopping and steering around hazards. 

  2. Stomp, Stay, Steer.

Please note, whilst best practice always advocates Proactive Driver, behaviour case studies have shown that many crashes could have been avoided if the driver had some basic understanding and experience of using ABS.

Training in how to do an emergency stop is part of the NZTA Learner system for driving instructors and should be part of the learning process for new drivers however it is rarely taught or practiced by instructors (often due to time constraints and demands of the student) or supervisors.

The purpose of this experience is not to give a false sense of security or reliability on the technology, but to highlight the risks associated with driving.

Too fast for the conditions, following too closely and giving the student an opportunity to experience what an emergency could feel like and gain realistic perspective of the overall stopping distances involved.

Module Three

Considering ‘Can I safely stop in the clear distance in front of me?’ Following on from Module Two.

  1. Practice the use of the 2-4-second rule, as a minimum safe following distance. Students in the rear make use of the following distance app to help the driver develop good judgment skills at different speeds.
  2. Discuss and develop skills for what to do in busy traffic or when being tailgated.

Module Four

Develop the notion that the earlier a driver sees the hazard the more time they have to plan a safe response.

Practice 12 second scanning with a hazard ID commentary to highlight the benefits of early risk identification and the benefits of a planned driver vs a reactive driver (e.g. tailgating and reacting to brake lights).

Module Five

Personal management of approach speed to intersections.

Allowing the driver the time to analyse the hazards based on what can be seen, what can’t be seen and what is a reasonable expectation of what could happen?

  1. Open vs Closed views in determining approach speed.

  2. Ready to stop but planning to go attitude and speed control.

  3. Having enough time to scan adequately and make good gap selection choices.

  4. Positioning for safety, view, and progress based on hazards such as parked vehicles, curve of the intersection, road traction, roadside furniture, local knowledge.


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