Aprils Driving School

Information For Parents

A learner driver must have done a theory test of the road code which gives them a ‘Learner Licence’ and must have a supervisor (someone who has had their full NZ Driver Licence for at least 2 years) with them in the car. Parents or caregivers can help the learner driver by:

  • Giving them plenty of opportunities to learn and practice their driving skills
  • Setting a good example with their own driving

Parents are welcome to come with their child during the driving lesson.

A good way to start a brand new driver is to have 3-5 lessons with a professional driving instructor to teach the basic driving skills. After this initial stage lots of practice helps them to develop their skills with 2-5 more lessons spread to develop their searching, hazard identification, hazard response and other skills such as parking.

Land Transport New Zealand in conjunction with Accident Compensation Corporation has designed a FREE Practice programme to assist learner drivers pass their restricted driving test. Parents or caregivers are typically their guide. You are given videos, driving simulation CD and a manual to help you. They recommend the learner driver clock up 120 hours of practice driving before sitting their restricted driving test, and therefore driving solo. With this much practice they are 30% less likely to crash when they are driving alone.