More Common “Learning To Drive” Questions Answered

November 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

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A few more common Driving School FAQs:

 

When should I organise professional driver training for my son or daughter? 

It is best to do some professional driver training as soon as your child has passed the learners license test, so that we can teach them the correct habits and take the hard work out of it for you.


How many lessons will my child require?
We would recommend starting with 5 lessons before taking your child out yourself to practice the skills learnt. They would then continue to have lessons to become competent drivers. The number of lessons required is different for each person and also depends on what people learn, automatic or manual.

Will an Advanced Driving Course help my Learner Driver?
Yes an advanced driving courses will help the learner driver, but only if they have done a reasonable amount of driving (at least 30 hours), so that they understand the topics that are being discussed on the course.

How do I know what I should be focusing on when taking my son/daughter for driving lessons?
Ask your child what they learnt on their professional driving lessons and focus on those things. Don’t make it too complicated, keep it simple and just practice the basics over and over. Think about how you do things yourself - at the end of the day you are only passing on your knowledge.

What is the cancellation policy? We have a 24 hour cancellation policy, but if you are unwell or if there is an emergency, please contact the office or your instructor immediately.


What do I need to bring to my driving lesson?
Your driver’s licence, spectacles or contacts (if required for driving and stated on your driver’s license), a good attitude, payment for the lesson (unless prior payment has been arranged).

How long will it take me to learn how to drive?
The time it takes to learn to drive depends on the number of hours spent driving. Driving is all about practice. You need to have your learners license for a minimum period of 6 months before booking your restricted driving test. The recommendation is that you drive 120 hours in this time frame.

When should I have professional driving lessons?
When should I organise professional driver training for my son or daughter? It is best to do some professional driver training as soon as your child has passed the learners license test, so that we can teach them the correct habits and take the hard work out of it for you.

What age do I need to be before I obtain my L plates?
You have to be at least 16 years old before you can sit your learners license test. Once you have passed this test you can start taking professional driver training and/ or practice driving with a supervisor. This is when you use your L plates.

Do you just train Learner drivers?
No, we train people on any type of license and of any age.

Where will my lessons be held?
We meet at your house and start lessons around quiet streets in your neighbourhood.

What type of car will my lessons be in?
All our vehicles are small in size and it is your choice to learn in a manual or automatic car.

Do you have dual controlled vehicles?
Yes, all our vehicles are dual controlled

Am I covered by insurance?
Yes, all our vehicles have full cover insurance.

Can I carry passengers while learning to drive?
Yes, you can carry passengers as long as your driving instructor / supervisor agrees to this.

Do driving instructors have a code of practice?
Yes, our driving instructors have a code of practice. You will find the details on our website under ‘terms & conditions’.

Can I do my driving test in an automatic car?
Yes, you can sit your driving test in an automatic car, but if you do, you can only drive an automatic car until you get your full license.


How do I set up the poles to practice the reverse parallel park in my own car?
We don’t use this method, but it is a very safe way to start your first few parallel parks. We teach parallel parking behind single vehicles in quiet streets initially. Refer to the parallel parking video clip on our website.


What is the difference between an assessment and a test?
An assessment is where we observe your driving to see if you would be ready to sit the test. We give you feedback at the end on areas that need improvement. A test is with a testing officer and it is either pass or fail.


How many lessons will my child require?
We would recommend starting with 5 lessons before taking your child out yourself to practice the skills learnt. They would then continue to have lessons to become competent drivers. The number of lessons required is different for each person and also depends on what people learn, automatic or manual.


How will I know if I am ready to sit the driving test?
To know if you are ready to sit the driving test, it would be best to book in for a pre-test lesson/ assessment with a professional driving instructor. They will be able to assess your driving and let you know if you are ready to sit the test.
 

Can you pick me up and drop me off at different locations?
Yes, we can pick up and drop off at different locations, but this needs to be organised with your driving instructor when making the booking. The different locations can’t be too far from one another.
 

What do I need to bring to my driving lesson?
Your driver’s licence, spectacles or contacts (if required for driving and stated on your driver’s license), a good attitude, payment for the lesson (unless prior payment has been arranged).
 

Who can I drive with?
You can drive with a professional driving instructor or anyone that has held a full NZ drivers license for at least 2 years.
 

How should I prepare before the test day? 
Make sure the vehicle you are using is in good working order and road legal. Arrive at the testing station well before the test time (no rushing).
 

How do I pass my test?
You need plenty of driving experience (the recommendation is 120 hours). Once you have this experience, it is a matter of obeying the law and sticking to the rules and limits. Make sure you are familiar with the test scenarios and that you have practiced these.

Is the driving test hard?
Do people fail their test often? On average about 40% of people fail their driving test. Some people are simply not ready to sit the test, others get very nervous and make mistakes. Lots of good practice is the answer.



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