Defensive driving courses


Get your full licence 6 months earlier

Attending the NZTA-approved AA Defensive Driving Course will fast track you to your full licence quicker, increase your chances of passing your driving test first time around and will help you become a safer driver.

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Why take a defensive driving course

Whether you’re on your learner or restricted licence you can reduce the time it takes to get your full licence by six months when you complete an NZTA approved AA Defensive Driving Course.  This means you could apply for your full licence as early as 17 ½ years of age.

The AA Defensive Driving Course will give you’re the skills, knowledge and confidence to be a smarter and safer driver.  You’ll learn important defensive driving skills, such as assessing and identifying hazards, so you can reduce the risk of being in a crash.

The course takes 9 hours to complete and includes:

  • 4 classroom sessions
  • 1 in-car session
  • Access to the online driver training system
Facts & Figures

Restricted licence pass rates for under 20's

People who attend a defensive driving course are 10% more likely to pass their driving test the first time.



16 year olds
956 total



17 year olds
1,585 total



18 year olds
1,092 total



19 year olds
787 total

Tap/Rollover each figure to see what a difference an AA DDC made to the January 2015 pass rates.

AA Defensive Driving Course locations

City/town Suburb Street address
North Shore


5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote


59 Apollo Drive, Albany
Central Auckland

Mt Roskill

6A Carr Road, Mt Roskill


419 Great South Road, Penrose
  Parnell 8 Quay Street, Parnell 
East Auckland Howick 34 Moore Street, Howick 
  Pakuranga  13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga 
South Auckland Howick  35 Uxbridge Road, Howick 
West Auckland Massey 14 Westgate Drive, Massey 
Christchurch Sydenham Cnr Brougham Street and Buchan Street
Hamilton Hamilton The Boulevard - Next to atrium off Ward Street, Hamilton
  Hamilton City 86-92 Ulster Street, Hamilton
Lower Hutt Lower Hutt Norfolk Street, Belmont
New Plymouth New Plymouth 83 Liardet Street, New Plymouth
Wellington Porirua Awarua Street, Eldson, Porirua
  Wellington Central 39 Web Street, Mt Cook, Wellington
  Johnsonville 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville, Wellington

Who can attend

Learner licence holders

Doing the course while you have your learner licence will help you pass your restricted licence test as it includes a one hour in-car session and develops your driving skills. People who have attended a defensive driving course are more likely to pass their restricted test on their first try. You’ll be able to attend a defensive driving course once you’ve had your learner licence and some driving experience.

If you complete a DDC while on your learner or restricted licence, this will enable you to reduce the time you're required to spend on your restricted licence by 6 months.

Restricted licence holders

People who have attended a defensive driving course are 10% more likely to pass their full licence test on the first try. Attending also reduces the time you’ll spend on your restricted licence by 6 months. If you're over 25, the time on your restricted licence reduces from 6 months to 3 months.

Full licence holders

Even full licence holders benefit from completing the AA Defensive Driving Course.
If you're a police recruit, a court referral, completing a Police Diversion programme or just want to refresh your driving knowledge and skill base, you’ve come to the right place. The AA Defensive Driving Course is designed specifically for you.

What it covers

4 classroom sessions

During the theory sessions we use a state of the art online learning system that shows real-life driving situations filmed on New Zealand roads.  The course has informative DVD’s and discusses various scenarios, observations and hazards to improve understanding

1 in-car session

Helps you identify any bad habits you may have picked up and provides you with the skills and abilities to address them before you take your practical driving test.  The instructor will take you through a practice full licence test and give you advice on how to pass comfortably.

If you finish all the coursework and the practical drive within 60 days after the last classroom session, you’ll get your certificate at the end.

Online learning

When you attend an AA Defensive Driving Course you get full access to this state of the art programme that you can use from your home computer.

It focuses on driving skills, such as visual search and situation awareness that are directly linked to crash risk. eDrive shows real-life driving situations filmed on NZ roads with you right in the driver’s seat.

Ready to go?

You’ll learn the skills you need to make you a better driver, including:

  • Searching and eye scanning while you drive
  • Assessing and identifying hazards
  • Watching out for factors which cause the most crashes



What our students say about the course

I just wanted to say thank you for taking me for the defensive driving course. It was really useful, and I'm definitely more aware while I'm driving now. It was great having done the practical to know what to expect in the full licence test which I passed first time. The testing officer could even tell I'd done the course without me telling her, which I think shows how useful it is.


Completed DDC in May 2014

This defensive driving course was a great way to become a safer and more confident driver, and to learn new techniques to improve the way I drive. I would recommend people to do it because is a worthwhile course to complete in order to improve your driving skills and become a better driver. The teacher I had, Shefali, was great at teaching this course, would recommend!


Completed DDC in May 2014

Totally recommend! Not boring, and I am a much more confident and safer driver now. Really enjoyed the course :-)


Completed DDC in May 2014

Definitely do it. I can not imagine going for my full without having done this test. I learnt a lot and definitely became more aware in my driving. I cut down a lot of my distractions and I find it so much easier to drive now because of this test because I am not worrying about a million things anymore.


Completed DDC in May 2014

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