Are you teaching someone how to drive or helping them get ready? Here you’ll find information you can trust to help make the best driving decisions with your learner driver.
Coaches play a big part in helping young people learn to drive. We all rely on coaches to help learners stay safe on our roads and keep other road users safe around them.
We know this can be a difficult or stressful time with lots of new information and rules to follow. It helps to make sure your learner driver is prepared.
The learning doesn’t stop. Learners need coaches to guide them through to the restricted and full stages too.
A learner driver must always have a supervisor with them when they drive. When you’re supervising a learner, you’re the one who is responsible for the safety of everyone in the vehicle.
DRIVE(external link) is our new website and learning tool for drivers. It’s free to use and packed with helpful tools and information that make learning to drive easy and fun. We recommend coaches take a look – there’s even a section on coaching young drivers.
Remember that every time you get behind the wheel, your learner is watching. Every time your learner drives with you as their coach, they rely on you to give them the best advice.
You might like to explore the option of having a professional driving instructor to support your coaching. You can find a range of driving instructors online and in the yellow pages.
As a coach, it may have been a long time since you looked at the road rules. Brush up on your knowledge of the road code, think about any bad habits you may have when you’re driving, and turn each car ride into a fun experience by getting your learner involved.
There are special conditions learners need to follow, for example:
Breaking learner licence conditions (and breaking the law) means your learner driver could get penalties like demerit points and fines.
See the complete list: Land Tansport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1998(external link)
Please note that we can’t automatically give you information about your learner’s test results, even if you’re their parent or caregiver. We need permission from the learner to discuss their test with anybody else, so if you call us, please make sure your learner is with you to give permission.