Some Commonly Asked Driving Questions
September 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I get asked questions all the time about learning to drive , the NZ licencing system and getting your drivers licence. A few of these questions are recurring so I thought I'd jot them down for you here. Hope it helps:
The common questions are:
- Who will benefit from doing a Defensive Driving course?
- What are the benefits of doing a defensive driving course?
- Top 10 Defensive Driving Tips for NZ Drivers
- How to get the most out of your defensive driving cours
Who will benefit from doing a Defensive Driving course?
Anyone will benefit from doing a Defensive Driving course. Lets face it, when you first learn to drive, most people focus too much on their physical driving and not enough on what is happening around them. By completing a Defensive Driving course, people learn about the hazards they encounter when driving, even experienced drivers who sometimes don’t apply these skills.
What are the benefits of doing a defensive driving course?
By completing a Defensive Driving course in 4 sessions (of 2 hours), you are interacting with other like-minded people and a facilitator. Discussions, work-books, assignments are given, as well as brain-storming ideas in groups and providing feedback to one another. A one-on-one practical driving lesson with an instructor is beneficial in consolidating all the theory you have learnt on the course.
Top 10 Defensive Driving Tips for NZ Drivers:
- Maintain a safe following distance at all times
- Adjust your speed to suit the conditions
- Focus on your driving and don’t get distracted
- Don’t drive if you are not up to it
- Maintain a safe position on the road at all times
- Make sure the vehicle you drive is in good condition
- Have regular breaks on long trips
- Make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times
- Look well ahead and anticipate situations well in advance
- Always expect the unexpected
How to get the most out of your defensive driving course
To get the most out of your Defensive driving course you will want to interact with everyone and discuss relevant topics. As part of the course you have to set yourself some “driving goals”. Making as many notes as you need to in your course logbook will enable you refer to them at a later date and refresh your memory, as one easily slips back into bad driving habits. On the practical driving session, ask as many questions about your driving techniques and seek clarification if unsure.
Don't hesitate to ask me if you have questions.