Frequently Asked Questions

We get all kinds of questions about the courses we offer, and also about other subjects like the licence application process etc. Find your answers below, or contact us if you have something else you need to ask. We're happy to help you become a better, safer driver today!

Common Questions

This is your choice, but it has been shown to help students to drive safer and to pass their licence test with greater confidence.

This varies so much with each individual, so it’s hard to say, but after your first lesson with us, we will give you an idea of how many more we believe you will need.

Our standard one-on-one lesson for an hour is $70.

Yes. We actually recommend this as it is a help for you as you progress with your licence.

Absolutely you can use your car. Alternatively you can take the lesson in our vehicle.

Getting a licence is about driving safely so if you are a safe driver you will pass and you won’t need to drive the test route beforehand.

It will take you less lessons and less stress to learn in an automatic and then it is very easy to learn to drive a manual.

If you complete a Defensive Driving course this can reduce your time on your restricted by 6 months. 

We come to you and cover the Greater Christchurch area including Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Rolleston and Darfield.

Driving Lessons Questions

Ideally we ask that you pay online when at the time of your booking. Alternatively, Our instructors do carry EFTPOS machines so you may either with this or pay in cash at the beginning of your lesson.

You will receive email and text message contact 24 hours prior to the lesson.

Our instructors will try to accommodate a lesson within your time frames; however, this does depend on their schedules.

We advise booking at least a couple of weeks in advance.

Our instructors will try to fit you in for a lesson before your test, but it depends on how close to the test date you have submitted a booking. We would recommend booking at least a couple of weeks in advance to ensure that you can have a lesson before your test.

Our instructors will try to accommodate a lesson within your time frames; however, this does depend on their schedules.

We offer a ‘door to door’ service. This means that our instructors will pick you up from home, education facilities, or wherever you may wish to be collected from*. They will also drop you back to wherever you wish to return to*.

*This is within reason of distance and location; please contact us to discuss.

Please note that if you live outside of our covered areas, the instructor may require you meet them closer to where we operate.

Yes, you can sit a Simulated Driving Test with an instructor before you go to take the real test. This is a great way of making sure you are ready to pass.

Yes. It's a great idea to take a driving lesson to refresh and develop your skills no matter how long you have been driving.

You must give your instructor at least 24 hours notice otherwise you will be required to pay for the lesson. If you wish to cancel a lesson please contact your instructor directly by phone/txt message or email or reschedule online.

Yes, you can provide an interpreter in the car if English is not your first language.

Yes, we are happy to pick up and drop off at different locations (within reasonable distance and location).

This depends on your personal preference and your driving requirements. Generally, an automatic car is easier to drive as you do not need to operate a clutch pedal to change gear. We recommend that you learn in an automatic then transfer to the manual this is a lot quicker.

If you pass your restricted licence test in an automatic car, you can only legally drive automatic cars until you have passed the full licence test. If you pass your restricted licence in a manual car you can drive both manual and automatic cars from then on.

Once you have passed your full licence test you can legally drive both an automatic and a manual car, regardless of the type of car that you passed your restricted licence with.

Driving Instructor Questions

Yes, provided there is another instructor available.


All of our vehicles are fully insured and dual controlled for your safety.

All of our instructors are fully qualified as required by law to teach driver training in New Zealand.

  • NZQA Unit Standard qualified
  • Pass police check, and fit and proper person check

Driver Licensing Questions

Yes, our Driving School cars have security cameras installed. This ensures that our learner drivers are in the safest hands possible. We're committed to improving industry standards and delivering a quality service.

Yes, all of our cars are dual controlled vehicles.

Our vehicle is a Holden Trax, which is a nice size car to learn in, as it is not to big, but provides a bit of extra height for ease of view. It is also a 5 Star ACAP rated vehicle and includes ASB brakes as well as a number of modern safety features

Yes, we are happy for you to take your test in our vehicle.

Driving Lesson Vehicle Questions

The In-vehicle session requires you to demonstrate the techniques discussed in the classroom and focuses on assessing you for the next licence test that you are preparing for (Restricted/Full).

If you are unable to use your own car for the In-vehicle session you can discuss this with your tutor during your DDC course and they will help you organise the use of a car.

Yes, you can attend a DDC on a learner licence.

Completing a DDC while on your learner or restricted licence will enable you to reduce the time you are required to spend on your restricted licence by 6 months. 

No, provided you attend all four classroom sessions in sequence, and all the homework plus the in-vehicle session in a road legal vehicle, you will achieve your certificate.

Yes, a full licence holder will definitely benefit from the subjects covered in the DDC and use the In-vehicle session to assess your driving.

No, you must hold a valid driver licence that you can show the tutor when you attend the In-vehicle session.

If you do miss one or more of your DDC sessions, in most cases we can arrange to move you onto another course or session. Please contact us if this is the case.

Yes, by law you are required to complete each of the sessions in order. After you have attended the fourth session you can complete the In-vehicle session.

No, you must complete all four classroom sessions before you can do your vehicle drive session.

Yes, so long as your Licence allows you to drive in New Zealand so that you are able to complete the In-car drive session.

To check if your Licence is valid in New Zealand please visit the NZ Transport Agency website.

Yes. Your car needs to be fully road legal (e.g. current WoF and registration etc.) or else you will not be taken out on your in-car drive and you will forfeit your session. You will then need to pay for another in-car session to be able to finish your DDC course.

Defensive Driving Course Questions

If you currently have, or have had, a medical condition in the last 5 years which impacts your ability to drive safely a medical certificate may be needed. For information on when a medical certificate is needed and how to get one please contact the NZ Transport Agency.

Visit the NZ Transport Agency website.

Yes. You must produce your driver's licence without delay for inspection whenever required to do so by an Enforcement Officer. The maximum penalty for not being able to produce your licence immediately is $1000.

Your eyesight will be tested when you renew your driver's licence or apply for your learner's, restricted or full licence. Alternatively, you may bring an Eyesight Certificate from an optometrist or a GP instead.

You can visit the NZ Transport Agency website or call them toll free on 0800 822 422 Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.