Defensive driving courses

per person

Get your full licence 6 months earlier

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

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Why attend 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 17½ years old.

The AA Defensive Driving Course will give you 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/townSuburbStreet address
North Shore Albany 61 Constellation Drive, Albany - Building 2, AA Traveller office
North Shore  Glenfield Glenfield College, 60 Kaipatiki Road, Glenfield
North Shore  Northcote 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Central Auckland Mt Roskill 6A Carr Road, Mt Roskill
Central Auckland Penrose/Ellerslie 419 Great South Road, Penrose
Central Auckland Parnell Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell 
Central Auckland Mount Albert UNITEC, 139 Carrington Road, Mount Albert
East Auckland Howick Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge road, Howick 
East Auckland Pakuranga  13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga 
South Auckland Manukau 640 Great South Road, Manukau
West Auckland Massey 14 Westgate Drive, Massey 
West Auckland Kelston Kelston Boys High School, Archibald Road, Kelston
Whangarei Whangarei 17 Keyte Street, Kensington
Christchurch Sydenham Cnr Brougham Street and Buchan Street
Hamilton Hamilton The Boulevard - Next to atrium off Ward Street, Hamilton
Hamilton Hamilton City Waikato Settlement Centre (Waikato Migrant Resource Centre), 46G Boundary Road, Claudelands
Rotorua Rotorua 1121 Eruera Street, Rotorua
Lower Hutt Lower Hutt Norfolk Street, Belmont
New Plymouth New Plymouth 83 Liardet Street, New Plymouth
Whanganui Whanganui New Zealand Red Cross, 110 Guyton Street, Whanganui
Wellington Porirua Awarua Street, Eldson, Porirua
Wellington  Wellington Central 39 Web Street, Mt Cook, Wellington
Wellington  Johnsonville 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville, Wellington
Wellington  Karori Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori
Wellington  Kapiti Coast Kapiti Sports, Turn & Pavillion, 10 Scaife Drive, Paraparaumu
Wellington Thorndon St Mary's College, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon

Who can attend

Learner licence holders

Doing the course while you have your learner licence will help you pass your restricted licence test. It includes a one hour in-car session which 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, it will mean you 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. It 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 is reduced 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 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 includes

4 classroom sessions

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

1 in-car session

This helps 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.

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

Search and eye scan while you drive
Assess and identify hazards
Watch out for factors which cause the most crashes

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