Street Talk Defensive Driving Course - suitable for highschool students or individuals looking to further their training and reduce full licence wait time.

Company Road Safety Defensive Driving Course - for company's wanting to reduce crash risk for staff driving company vehicles and for NZ Police/Court referrals.

Street Talk Defensive Driving Courses Queenstown

Rachael runs this NZTA certified and approved advanced driving skills course. Participants learn skills that will reduce the likelihood of them being involved in a crash such as visual search and scanning while driving, hazard detection and risk management. The course reduces the full licence wait time by 6 months (if you are aged under 25 years of age), or by 3 months (if you are aged 25 years of age and over). The course is run by Rachael Gerard in Queenstown and gives course participants the tools required to drive defensively for life.

This course is 9 hours in duration and includes:

  • 4 classroom sessions (2 hours each)
  • 1 in-car practical drive session

To successfully complete this course you need to attend all four sessions in the correct order and the one hour practical drive. The practical drive is the perfect pre-test refresher and we cover hazard detection and response which is in the full licence test.  The practical drive needs to be taken within 8 weeks of session 4. At the completion of your practical drive we will sign off your completed Street Talk logbook and issue you with a certificate as proof of course completion.

The defensive driving course is open to anyone on their learners, restricted or full licence. Those on their learner licence should have some driving experience and be close to sitting their restricted licence test. Completing our Street Talk defensive driving course on your learner or restricted licence will reduce the amount of time you spend on your restricted licence.

Full licence holders

If you have been referred by the NZ Police, are referred by the Courts on the Police Diversion program or just want to improve your skills and awareness, this course is for you. It will teach you improved hazard awareness improve your driving skills for life.


Buzz Stop Cafe, Hansen Road, Frankton. 

August Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 2nd August
Session 2: Wednesday 4th August
Session 3: Monday 9th August
Session 4: Wednesday 11th August

October Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 4th October
Session 2: Wednesday 6th October
Session 3: Monday 11th October
Session 4: Wednesday 13th October

December Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 6th December
Session 2: Wednesday 8th December
Session 3: Monday 13th December
Session 4: Wednesday 15th December



The course is $300 per person. Contact Rachael to book -


Note: Minimum course numbers apply



Company Road Safety Defensive Driving Course

We have designed a bespoke road safety defensive driving course for adult drivers, specifically for the Otago roads. This course was developed for our local driving conditions and with thorough analysis of NZTA crash statistics. This advanced driver course drills into driver attitudes, search & scanning techniques, hazard identification, driver fatigue, risky driver behaviour and risk tolerance, crash causes, crash statistics, hazard perception. There is also a section on road rules and information on vehicle features such as ABS brakes.

This course is interactive, thought provoking and involves participation, such as discussing crash experiences, near crashes etc. This course is open to employees with a New Zealand Restricted or Full Drivers Licence. This course is also open to individuals or groups and those who have been referred to us as part of the Courts / NZ Police Diversion Scheme.

We have called on a lot of industry experience to develop this course. Dan is a commercial bus driver, former driver licence testing officer and we are both NZTA Qualified driving instructors and members of the New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators. This means we understand driving from practical, technical and legal viewpoints and we are passionate about vehicle safety. In short the goal with our workshops is to create a fun environment where attendees update the road rules and re-learn to be safer drivers, and to make safer driving decisions. This course is aimed to reduce crash risk for everyone, including staff who drive company vehicles on urban and rural roads, and when performing low speed manourvres such as parking. There will be a certificate for attendees stating that they have attended the advanced driving course run by an NZTA certified instructor.



Allow 2.5 hours.



We hold the course at your home or business premises in a meeting/board room or or similar.



$200 inc gst per person  (Minimum 5 people). Group discounts $150 inc gst for 10+ people.



We will bring a laptop for the presentation which will need to be displayed on a large screen. In terms of resources we require the following:

  • White board (we can bring this)
  • Large TV with HDMI input
  • If no TV is available we will need a room with a light coloured wall suitable for projecting onto (We will bring a data projector) 
  • Seating around tables for the number of attendees
  • Attendees to each bring a pen
  • Water or refreshments
  • An email in advance with attendees first and last names (correct spelling for printed certificates)

If the large tv or data projector can’t be provided, please notify us at time of booking. We will assume in that there is a suitable wall to project onto unless told otherwise. 


In-vehicle assessment - Add on.

We can also do an in-vehicle employee advanced driving assessment. These are 1 hour in total and designed to further reduce crash risk, vehicle wear and tear and increase fuel efficiency. Coaching and a written report is included. Further training may be recommended if required. This one-on-one driver assessment can be done at any time and can be done separately from the group course. $175.50 inc gst per person.



A twenty percent deposit is required when booking and the balance due within seven days of the course. We could hold the course out of town but would add on a travel charge to cover our travel time and fuel which is $80 inc gst per hour. To register a group for this course email Dan: or visit our contact us page or call Dan 027 349 2447.