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white and yellow side on logo.jpgDan gerard driving instruction

Dan, Rachael & Chris all give professional driving lessons in Queenstown, New Zealand.  We offer high quality driving lessons for $80 each. Prepaid blocks of 6 lessons are available $450. To book just click on "Book Now" page.

 

COVID-19 Health & Safety

Your instructor will wear a mask and we ask clients to wear their own mask also. If you develop any symptoms we ask you to immediately postpone your lessons. 

 

Meeting locations include:

Frankton Bus Shelter                                                         Hayes Cafe Carpark - (Ideal for beginners) Franks 11th Avenue Kararau Park
Wakatipu High School - Drop off zone               AA Office outside Unichem Remarkables Park Pharmacy     Events Centre carpark
DOC Office - Stanley St, Queenstown (experienced only) Mitre 10 Carpark - Usual meeting place for Mock test or Full licence    
     

We can also pickup from home or work. Due to time constraints we can't pickup Arrowtown, Arthurs Point, Sunshine Bay, Jacks Point, Fernhill or Kelvin Heights. 

Driving Lessons Available:

Learner Driving Lessons (Never driven): The driving school offers beginner drivers the chance to learn the controls and basic techniques including steering, cornering, accellaration speed control and observation. These lessons start from the very first lesson in a modern automatic Suzuki Swift fitted with dual controls for safety. 

Learner Driving Lessons (Some driving experience): Assessment will be given to drivers with some experience who require lessons. A range of additional lessons are offered to build the required skills of drivers and grow their confidence. Lessons include emergency braking, hill driving, handbrake starts, gear changing, correct lateral position, give way rules, and many other techniques to reduce the risk of accidents. 

Intermediate Driving lessons: Those needing to sit their restricted licence driving test need to be able to consistantly demonstrate to the testing officer correct observation skills such as scanning, mirrors and head checks and perform simple manoeuvres such as turning left, pulling out from the kerb, or turning right across traffic while selecting appropriate safe gaps and maintaining road position. They must also be able to perform more advanced manoeuvres such as merges, lane changes, diverging around hazards, three point turns and reverse parallel parking. 

Street Talk defensive driving course: This course teaches safe defensive driving and will reduce the wait time for the full licence test. Those under 25 years of age have their wait time reduced from 18 months to 12 months. Those 25 years of age or older have their full licence wait time reduced from 6 months to 3 months.

Full licence Test Refresher Anyone going to take their full licence driving test will need to brush up on their knowledge, ensure they have not picked up any bad habits. We also cover hazard detection and hazard responses which is the "talking part" of this more intensive test.

Employee Driving Assessment & Coaching: When employees are driving company vehicles it's now common for Health & Safety reasons to have their driving assessed to reduce the workplace vehicle crash risk and increase fuel efficiency. Sessions with our NZTA approved driving instructors are usually 45 minute duration. Coaching and a written report is included. 

Advanced Driving Competency Assessment: For Individuals who are applying to NZTA for a DL4 Exemption to reduce time for their licence or P-Endorsement. Both Dan and Rach are approved instructors for this testing which takes 45 minutes. You will be taken over a predetermined route and if your driving is satisfactory you will be issued with a certificate. If your driving is of an unsatisfactory standard you may require further training before being reassessed. 

Specialist Winter Driving Courses: (Please contact Dan about winter courses - dan@drivinginstruction.co.nz)

  • Option 1. Snow chain fitting lessons (1-2 hour). Fitting, use and removal of snow chains. Suitable for individuals or small groups.
  • Option 2. Snow chain workshops + Winter driving theory (3-4 hour). Fitting, use and removal of snow chains plus advice on driving on snow/ice roads. Group instruction on vehicle dynamics of accelerating, braking and cornering theory, skid avoidance, plus winter driving best practice including reasons for loss of control. . Chain fitting can include either ladder, easyfit, or quickgrip type snow chains. Includes practicing fitting snow chains to your own car. Suitable for 1-16 people.
  • Option 3. Full Winter Driving workshops (6-8 hour) Snow chain workshop + winter driving theory + driving vehicles up in the snow. For anyone driving in snow/ice/grit conditions. Includes vehicle dynamics of accelerating, braking and cornering, skid avoidance, plus winter driving best practice including reasons for loss of control. Followed by full snow chain demonstration including fitting, use and removal of snow chains. Then head up into the snow for in-vehicle snow/ice driving using your own or your company vehicle (NOT suitable for rear wheel drive vehicles). Suitable for to 1-6 people per day. Maximum 4 pax in a vehicle, therefore the in-vehicle session can have a maximum 3 clients in the car at one time. Your vehicle MUST have correct fitting road-worthy snow chains. Winter Driving Workshop Cancellation Policy: Deposit is non-refundable. Payment may be transferred if postponed due to weather.

Adult/Company Road Safety defensive driving courses - For company employees or those refered by the courts or NZPolice diversion scheme. This 2.5 hour course is for individuals or gropups. Discussion looking at causes of crashes, crash statistics, hazard awareness, driver attitudes and behaviour, scanning techniques, latest parking techniques, driver fatigue, risk tolerence, road rules, tips to reduce minor and major crashes and more. 

Reversing and Parking Tuition: Safe and simple techniques for general parking including 90 degree supermarket parking and reverse parallel parking. These techniques will build confidence and significantly reduce the risk of damage to your car. 

 

GIFT VOUCHERS

Gift Vouchers can be purchased for friends or family members and make a fantastic present. Please email us and advise:  

1). Who the voucher is for,

2). Who it is from (eg: Mum & Dad or Jane & James)

3). The quantity of lessons required.

4). Any comments you want on the voucher (eg: Happy 16th birthday).

You will receive an invoice and a gift voucher by email: info@drivinginstruction.co.nz 

We will get back to you and answer any questions. Gift vouchers are valid for 1 year. $80 each lesson or prepaid block of six lessons for $450.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY: Driving lessons cancelled within 24 hours will still be charged. If outside 24 hours you can cancel your own lesson online, by clicking the "view or amend booking" link in your confirmation email. It would be great if you could also text your instructor if it's within 2-3 days of your booking (phone numbers below)

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Students must bring their NZ drivers license to every driving lesson as a legal requirement or the lesson can't continue.

Students vehicles brought to a driving lesson must be of road legal condition (inc. rego & wof) and have enough fuel for the lesson.