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Christo Heunis

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Lynda Barrett

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Harald Leeuwenburgh

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Kevin King

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Learning how to drive a manual car

Advantages of learning how to drive a manual car

A manual car is very different to driving an automatic and it is therefore very important to learn how to drive one properly.  Manual cars, vans and light trucks are still a popular choice with trades people, the council and businesses. In order to get a truck licence you will need to know how to drive a manual vehicle.

Some of the advantages of driving a manual vehicle are:

  •  Control the vehicle through gear usage rather than the brakes.
  •  Better fuel economy (if driven correctly).
  •  Cheaper in purchase price and repair cost.
  •  Manual drivers often anticipate traffic situations better as they scan well in advance in order to keep their vehicle in motion.
  •  It is easier to control your speed, especially on a downhill situation (keeping in a lower gear).
  •  If you know how to drive a manual vehicle, you can drive any vehicle.

We have three manual driving instructors covering the Auckland area.  Common suburbs for our driving lessons:

North Shore, North/ West Auckland, East, Central and South Auckland.

Suburbs: Devonport, Milford, Takapuna, Northcote, Birkenhead, Birkdale, Beachhaven, Hillcrest, Glenfield, Wairau Valley, Sunnynook, Greenhithe, North Harbour, Albany, Forrest Hill, Castor Bay, Mairangi Bay, Murrays Bay, Rothesay Bay, Torbay, Long Bay, Browns Bay, Northcross, Orewa, Whangaparaoa, Royal Heights, Massey, West Harbour, Westgate, Hobsonville, Hobsonville Point and Whenuapai.Hillsborough, Mt Roskill, Grey Lynn, Ponsonby, Auckland City, Parnell, Newmarket, Epsom, Mt Eden, Three Kings, Royal Oak, One Tree Hill, Onehunga, Greenlane, Penrose, Ellerslie, Remuera, Orakei, Mission Bay, St Heliers, Glendowie, Glen Innes, Panmure, Mt Wellington, Pakuranga, Half Moon Bay, Howick, Botany Downs, East Tamaki, Manukau, Papatoetoe, Otahuhu, Mangere, Mangere Bridge.

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The Graduated Drivers Licence Process

In New Zealand we use a system called: Graduated Drivers Licence System (GDLS).

This is divided into different stages:

Stage 1 - Learner Licence: To apply for the learners licence you will need to be at least 16 years of age. The learner licence involves learning the theory from the road code manual. Once you're familiar with the road code, you can sit your learner's licence test.

Stage 2 - Restricted Licence: Once you have passed your learners licence, you can take driving lessons. Everyone needs to hold a learners licence for at least 6 months before you can sit the test to gain your restricted licence.

Stage 3 - Full Licence: You can apply for a full licence after 18 months if you are under 25 years old or after 6 months if you are over 25 years old. This time can be reduced by doing a STREETTALK Defensive Driving Course.

For more info on GDLS, click here

Car Driver Training Prices

$65-00 per hour/ package deal 5 lessons for $300-00

With this package deal, lessons do not need to be paid in advance. Every fifth lesson is discounted to $40-00!


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