Defensive Driving / Advanced Driving Courses


Drive to Survive (Level 1):

This course is the most important course offered by the school. The course is suitable for any licensed driver of a car, utility, or other light vehicle.  It is particularly relevant for experienced drivers who drive regularly as part of their occupation.

The “Drive to Survive” course recently underwent significant updating in terms of presentation and content.

The “Drive to Survive” course is a car control course comprising of 50/50 classroom to practical exercises.

The course is designed to help drivers develop a risk averse attitude to driving and develop avoidance skills in emergency situations in a controlled and safe environment. 

“Drive to Survive” (Level 1) 

This course is suitable for any driver with a licence, driving any car, van, ute or 4wd. 

Overall Objective

The overall objective of the “Drive to Survive” course is to help develop an accident avoidance attitude.

This is done by developing participants practical driving skills, increasing their awareness of risks and challenging their attitudes to driving on the road.

The course instructs participants in the best practice seating position, visual searching, emergency braking, hazard awareness to enable maximum control and performance of the vehicle. 

Course Schedule

The day begins at 8.30am with registration and finishes at approximately 4.00pm with a presentation of certificates.

 The course consists of a 50/50 mix of practical and classroom sessions and is suitable for all drivers regardless of age or experience. 

Subjects Covered

  • NZ driving performance.

  • Vehicle maintenance.

  • Correct driver seating position.

  • Hazard identification, searching, steering.

  • Emergency braking techniques

  • Reversing and parking techniques

  • Skid avoidance, avoiding loss of control, vehicle positioning on the road

  • Corner preparation and cornering skills

  • Defensive driving principles and managing distractions

  • A review of key elements of the road code

Individual Coaching

Each driver has several attempts at practical exercises and is given feedback throughout the course. Participants also learn by observing and analysing other drivers' performances.

Reports

During every course instructors prepare Vehicle Reports covering the condition of the vehicle and a personal Skills Assessment Reports covering driver skills and attitude to driving. 

These are sent to the booking coordinators or a nominated recipient.  This enables Fleet Managers to get feedback on vehicle condition and Management to have feedback on course performance. 

Students Note!

Students completing “Drive to Survive” will not be elligable for a reduction in time spent on their Restricted Licence, before gaining a full Licence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive Forever (Level 2):

The “Drive Forever”course is designed as a follow on course from the “Drive to Survive” (Level 1) course, expanding on the skills learned from that course.

The “Drive Forever” course recently underwent significant updating in terms of presentation and content.

This course can be used as a refresher for those whom have completed Drive to Survive (Level 1) within the last 3 years.  Or as a skills development course for those having completed Drive to Survive more recently.

The course has more emphasis on the practical skills with an approximate 60/40 practical to classroom ratio.  

Drive Forever (Level 2) 

There is a prerequisite that drivers must have completed the “Drive to Survive” (level 1) course within 3 years.

Overall Objective

The overall objective of the “Drive Forever” course is to expand upon the awareness and skills learned in the “Drive to Survive” Course.

The driving exercises whilst on tracks is not "track driving" but road driving on a track. The emphasis is on developing practical skills, especially cornering and better understanding vehicle dynamics. 

This course challenges participants attitudes about what it means to be “a safe driver”.

Course Schedule

The day begins at 8:30am with registration and finishes at approximately 4:00pm with a presentation of certificates.

The course consists of a 60/40 mix of practical and classroom sessions and is available only at Track Venues for groups of up to eight drivers. All drivers are fully supervised at all times and are at no time permitted to exceed highway speeds.

Subjects Covered

All-important subjects covered during “Drive to Survive” are revised in brief and followed up with new material, including:

  • Group review of important areas of vehicle maintenance Tyres and ABS Braking, also explanation of new the newer technologies such as ESC and how they work.

  • Review driver seating positions.

  • Advanced practical exercises covering hazard identification, searching, steering, braking, and manoeuvring.

  • Corner preparation and cornering skills including coached driving of the circuit "as a road" aimed at improving road driving.

  • Group review of Defensive Driving Principles and the Road Code

Individual Coaching

As with the “Drive to Survive” course, each driver has several attempts at each practical exercise and is given instant feedback on every attempt. Each Driver will complete circuits with an Instructor giving them individual coaching.

Each driver will then have ample time to practice before being further coached / assessed by their Instructor.

Reports

Following every course, individual reports covering both the condition of the vehicle and tyres, along with a Skills Assessment covering both driver skills and attitude to driving, are mailed direct to booking coordinators.

"Team Defensive Driving”:

The "Team Defensive Driving” course expands on the skills learned in the “Drive to Survive” and “Drive Forever” courses. The course is designed to engage smaller teams from the same company in a training and team building day.  The course has a 80/20 practical to classroom ratio.

There is an element of self and peer assessment under the supervision of a Senior Instructor.

This course has also been specifically designed to be used as a team building exercise for smaller corporate groups of approximately six to eight drivers.

"Team Defensive Driving”  

The "Team Defensive Driver” refresher course is suitable for any Company with a group of drivers with a licence, driving any car, van, utility whom have already attended both the “Drive to Survive” and “Drive Forever” courses (Previously Level 2 within the last 3 years).

Overall Objective

The overall objective of this course is to expand on the awareness and skills learned in the “Drive to Survive” and “Drive Forever” courses with more time on practical skills including track time and an element of self assessment and peer assessment under the supervision of a Senior Instructor.

The driving exercises whilst on tracks is not "track driving" but road driving on a track. The emphasis is on developing practical skills, especially cornering and better understanding vehicle dynamics. 

This course challenges participants attitudes about what it means to be “a safe driver”.

Course Schedule

Course commencement is at 8.30 with registration and finishes approximately at 4.00pm with the presentation of certificates.

The course consists of an 80/20 mix of practical and classroom sessions and is available at Track Venues only. Group sizes will be limited to between six to eight drivers. All exercises are fully supervised at all times by a Senior Instructor and participants are no time permitted to exceed highway speeds.

Subjects Covered

  • Group review of important areas of vehicle maintenance Tyres and ABS Braking, also explanation of new the newer technologies such as ESC and how they work.

  • Vehicle Checks are performed by participants on each others vehicles.

  • Demonstration of correct seating positions by participants and important considerations.

  • Advanced practical exercises covering hazard identification, searching, steering, braking, and manoeuvring.

  • Corner preparation and cornering skills including coached driving of the circuit "as a road" aimed at improving road driving.

  • Group review of Defensive Driving Principles and the Road Code.

Individual Coaching

As with the “Drive Forever” course, several attempts are made at each exercise, with immediate feedback given to each driver by the Instructor. Supervised laps of the circuit will be given with the Instructor as well as by the participant on their own. At the conclusion of the days practical exercises circuits will be done under stricter conditions, assessments being made by both the Instructor and the Driver’s Peers.

Reports

Following every course individual reports covering the condition of the vehicle along with a Skills Assessment covering both the Driver’s skills and attitude to driving, are mailed to booking coordinators