Street Talk Defensive Driving Course - suitable for highschool students or individuals looking to further their training and reduce full licence wait time

Company Road Safety Defensive Driving Course - for company's wanting to reduce crash risk for staff driving company vehicles

Street Talk Defensive Driving Courses Queenstown

Rachael runs this NZTA certified and approved advanced driving skills course. Participants learn skills that will reduce the likelihood of them being involved in a crash such as visual search and scanning while driving, hazard detection and risk management. The course reduces the full licence wait time by 6 months (if you are aged under 25 years of age), or by 3 months (if you are aged 25 years of age and over). The course is run by Rachael Gerard in Queenstown and gives course participants the tools required to drive defensively for life.

This course is 9 hours in duration and includes:

  • 4 classroom sessions (2 hours each)
  • 1 in-car practical drive session

To successfully complete this course you need to attend all four sessions in the correct order and the one hour practical drive. The practical drive is the perfect pre-test refresher and we cover hazard detection and response which is in the full licence test.  The practical drive needs to be taken within 8 weeks of session 4. At the completion of your practical drive we will sign off your completed Street Talk logbook and issue you with a certificate as proof of course completion.

The defensive driving course is open to anyone on their learners, restricted or full licence. Those on their learner licence should have some driving experience and be close to sitting their restricted licence test. Completing our Street Talk defensive driving course on your learner or restricted licence will reduce the amount of time you spend on your restricted licence.

Full licence holders

If you have been referred by the NZ Police, are referred by the Courts on the Police Diversion program or just want to improve your skills and awareness, this course is for you. It will teach you improved hazard awareness improve your driving skills for life.


St Johns Training Room 1, Douglas Street, Frankton. 

October Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 7th  October
Session 2: Thursday 10th October
Session 3: Monday 14th October
Session 4: Thursday 17th October


December Course (4-6pm)

Session 1: Monday 2nd  December
Session 2: Thursday 5th December
Session 3: Monday 9th December
Session 4: Thursday 12th December

Inquire with Rachael about 2020 course dates.



The course is $250 per person. Contact Rachael to book -


Note: Minimum course numbers apply



Company Road Safety Defensive Driving Course

We have developed and run our own adult road safety defensive driving course. This advanced driver course drills into driver attitudes, search & scanning techniques, hazard identification, driver fatigue, risk tolerance, crash causes, crash statistics, latest parking techniques, hazard perception. There is also a section on road rules and  information on vehicle features such as ABS brakes. This course is interactive, thought provoking and involves participation, such as discussing shared experiences, near misses etc. This course is open to employees with a New Zealand Restricted or Full Drivers Licence.

We have called on a lot of industry experience to develop this course. We have looked closely at NZTA crash statistics and address the root causes of road crashes. Dan is a commercial bus driver, former driver licence testing officer and we are both NZTA Qualified driving instructors, members of the New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators. This means we understand driving from practical, technical and legal viewpoints and we are passionate about vehicle safety. In short the goal with our workshops is to create a fun environment where attendees update the road rules and re-learn to be safer drivers, and to make safer driving decisions. This course is aimed to reduce crash risk for staff driving company vehicles on town and open roads, and when performing low speed manourvres such as parking. There will be a certificate for attendees stating that they have attended the advanced driving course run by an NZTA certified instructor.



Allow 2.5 hours.



We hold the course at your business premises in a meeting room or board room or similar.



We will bring a laptop for the presentation which will need to be displayed on a large screen. In terms of resources we require the following:

  • White board, pens & eraser.
  • Large TV with HDMI input
  • If no TV is available we will need a room with a light coloured wall suitable for projecting onto (We will bring a data projector) 
  • Seating around tables for the number of attendees
  • Attendees to each bring a pen
  • Water or refreshments

If the large tv or data projector can’t be provided, please notify us at time of booking. We will assume in that there is a suitable wall to project onto unless told otherwise. 


In-vehicle assessment - Add on.

We can also do an in-vehicle employee advanced driving assessment. These are 1 hour in total and designed to further reduce crash risk, vehicle wear and tear and increase fuel efficiency. Coaching and a written report is included. Further training may be recommended if required. This one-on-one driver assessment can be done at any time and can be done separately from the group course. 



The adult company course is $199+gst per person.  A twenty percent deposit is required when booking and the balance due within seven days of the course. We could hold the course out of town but would add on a travel charge to cover our travel time and fuel which is $75+gst per hour.

To register a group for this course email Dan: or visit our contact us page or call 027 349 2447


Note: Minimum Course Numbers Apply - 3 people