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Defensive driving courses

Become a better driver - attend the NZTA-approved AA Defensive Driving Course run by AA Driving School while on your learner or restricted licence.





  • Access to the eDrive online training system
    (valued at $39.95)
  • 4 classroom sessions
  • 1 in-car session

Why attend a defensive driving course

Sure, you can drive yourself on a restricted licence – but only at certain times or with an experienced driver. You can’t take younger brothers and sisters, or your friends, anywhere. You can’t be on the road between 10pm and 5am without risking fines, demerit points or being uninsured if something happens.

It’s for your own safety, but wouldn’t it be great to slash 6 months off this time? Students who attend a defensive driving course are 10% more likely to pass their driving test the first time.

The answer is right here and it's NZTA-approved: book a defensive driving course.

We're nationwide including Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

eDrive example video
eDrive example video
eDrive example video


eDrive is a scientifically proven online driver training programme, valued at $39.95. Using the latest technology, eDrive deliver video-based traffic simulations to your computer in a fun and interactive way.

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.

Or call 0800 223 748

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 - students who have attended a DDC are more likely to pass their restricted test on their first tryYou’ll be able to attend a defensive driving course once you’ve had your learner licence and have had 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

Students who have attended a DDC 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’s Defensive Driving Course. If you are 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 Defensive Driving Course is designed specifically for you.

Book a course online now

Or call 0800 223 748

What it covers

AA Defensive Driving Courses make you a smarter driver – building your confidence and knowledge to be safer when you’re driving. Our courses are NZTA-approved and have been running since 1989 so you’re guaranteed the highest quality teaching.

The course was completely rewritten and revised in January 2013. It’s more interactive – it includes videos, DVDs and access to a state of the art online driver learning system from eDrive (valued at $39.95) that you can use on your home computer.

What's involved

It takes 9 hours to complete the course – there are four separate 2 hour classroom theory sessions and a 1 hour in-car practical session. You will arrange your ‘in-car’ session with the tutor once you arrive at the course.

We watch DVDs and discuss various problems and scenarios in class. The in-car practical session helps you understand and identify any error patterns you might have – it then helps you develop the skills and abilities to eliminate them. You can also practice what you’ve learned in the classroom theory sessions or through using the eDrive online learning system. The instructor will take you through a practice full licence test and give you advice on how to pass comfortably.

As long as you finish all the coursework and the practical drive, you’ll get your certificate at the end.

You'll learn defensive driving skills including
  • Searching and eye scanning while you drive
  • Assessing and identifying hazards
  • Watching out for factors which cause the most crashes



Includes 4 classroom sessions, 1 in-car session & access to the eDrive system (valued at $39.95)

What our students say about the course

I really recommend that you take the DDC. I thought I was a pretty good driver until I did this and realised how much I don't know. Definitely makes you more aware of you as a driver as well as your surroundings. Definitely worth the money, very valuable.
- Abba, 24 January 2014

It is totally worth it, not just to reduce 6 months off your restricted but it really opens you up to what your driving is like and how dangerous and wrong it potentially is and with this defensive driving course you can become a safe defensive driver and identify hazards and reduce crashes on the road because you're more aware!
- Braiden, 14 December 2013

This course is really beneficial, even if you are just on your learners. I learnt a lot about how to keep safe and I feel like a safer and more aware driver now that I understand how to identify risks and take appropriate actions. It's a really fun and interesting course and the in-car session really has helped me prepare for my restricted license test. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone I know.
- Therese, 13 December 2013

It really helped me understand the severity of the hazards and risks on the road and it taught me to be a safer and more focussed driver. Also, helped me prepare for my driving test through the e-drive homework for identifying hazards and risks.
- Jasmine, 12 December 2013

It was actually really great and well run. To be honest I wasn't expecting it to be so well done or useful but our tutor Tom was really clear and the course was full of all sorts of tips and messages that will be front of mind when I drive - I've already noticed I'm a calmer more confident driver.
- Natalie, 12 December 2013

Do it! It's so helpful and so worth it. I learnt heaps and am a safer, more able defensive driver due to what I've learnt.
- Constance, 8 December 2013

Everyone should attend this course. Course was excellent and I am sure this will help us to be safe on the road all time, under any condition.
- Sambhu, 5 December 2013

The course is a great way to help prepare for your Full license test and I would definitely recommend it. The Instructor, Tom Williams, made the course fun and offered good advice and driving tips during the Classroom Sessions and the In-Car Session. I certainly feel I am a safer driver now and have learned some important skills during the DDC. Overall the course was great, a very good value for money and I enjoyed it a lot.
- Harry, 4 December 2013

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