Driver training options can vary depending on your location and specific needs, but here are some common options available in New Zealand for a range of driving skills:
Online driver training course: Some regions offer online driver’s education courses that cover the theoretical aspects of driving, such as traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving practices. These courses are often a convenient option for those who prefer to learn at their own pace. Learner drivers can practice the Road Code. For drivers who require specific knowledge, there’s everything from fatigue management to forklift operator’s certificate and F endorsement.
Driving schools: Driving schools that offer driver training programs for learner drivers, those who have moved from overseas and need to convert their licence, or those returning to driving, e.g. after being disqualified. These programs can include both classroom instruction (usually for a time reduction within the graduated driver licence system) and behind-the-wheel training with certified I-endorsed instructors. Driving school is a term that is more applied to teaching learner car drivers than other types of training. There are national franchises as well as independent businesses that employ several instructors.
Driver trainers: Driver trainers tend to specialise in heavy vehicles, machinery and corporate work, rather than teaching learner drivers in cars. The level of experience and skill required is higher, as is the hourly rate (partly due to the cost of the vehicles required to conduct the training). Driver trainers can conduct pre-employment and post-incident driving assessments. They can also issue unit standards for a wide range of mobile machinery.
Supervisor-taught driver education: a supervisor is a person who has had a full licence of the same class for at least 2 years. They cannot charge money for the lesson (only I-endorsed instructors and trainers can do that), but they can ride with the learner driver to help build their skills in a variety of scenarios.
Community college or adult education programs: Many community colleges and adult education centres offer driver training courses for both teens and adults. These programs may cover everything from the basics of operating a vehicle to defensive driving techniques. Some focus on providing literacy and language support, while others are run in more remote areas to help communities that find it difficult to attract a dedicated driving instructor.
Driving simulators: Some driver training programs utilise driving simulators to provide a safe and controlled environment for learners to practice their skills before getting behind the wheel of a real car. Simulators are also available for trucks, forklifts, and earthmoving machinery.
Private driving instructors: Individuals who have an I endorsement may offer private lessons to learners. This option allows for personalised instruction tailored to the trainee’s needs and schedule.
Advanced driving courses: For those who already have a driver’s license but want to improve their skills, advanced driving courses are available. These courses often focus on defensive driving techniques, handling emergency situations, and mastering advanced driving manoeuvres.
Self-directed learning: there is also a multitude of sources published by NZ Transport Agency and other websites which give tips and tricks on how to improve your driving.
When choosing a driver training option, consider factors such as cost, convenience, instructor qualifications, and the quality of the program. Additionally, be sure to check your local regulations to ensure that the training you choose meets the requirements for obtaining the desired result in your area.