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Street Talk Defensive Driving Course

Street Talk is a Waka Kotahi NZTA approved Defensive Driving Course that reduces the restricted licence period by 6 months for drivers under 25 (or 3 months if you are over 25). 


The course teaches you how to recognise hazards on the roads and how to avoid dangerous situations that lead to accidents. 

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It is an intensive and interactive course comprising of 4 x two-hour classroom sessions followed by a one-hour practical on-road session. The drive is completed in your own vehicle. 


Session one - The total driving picture (2 hours)

  • Raising awareness of your own perception of yourself as a safe driver

  • Recognising links between personal wellbeing and safe driving.

Session two - Risk and reality (2 hours)

  • Distinguishing between deliberate and unintentional risk-taking

  • Describing how human risk factors affect a driver’s perception of and response to risk

  • Establishing realistic views of risks and consequences for novice drivers

  • Increasing awareness of personal risk-taking.

Session three - Managing change (2 hours)

  • Practising skills to become an in-control driver with a safe driving record

  • Recognising the challenges of making changes to driving responses and habits

  • Reframing mistakes as learning opportunities.

Session four - Hazards (2 hours)

  • Preparing for the practical on road session

  • Exploring the concepts of “Hazard Perception” and “Getting the Big Picture”

  • Developing strategies to address these issues.

Session five - Practical drive (1 hour to be completed within 60 days of session 4)

  • Practising the driving and hazard perception skills required to pass the Full Licence Test

Students must attend all sessions in order and cannot continue if they miss a session.

You will be provided with a logbook of the course content and assignments.

On completion of all the assignments and the practical drive, you will receive a certificate for presenting to the testing officer enabling you to sit the full licence test after 12 months instead of 18 if you are under 25, or after 3 months instead of 6 months if you are over 25.


The course is best suited for students on a restricted driver licence. If you are on your learner licence you may be able to complete the course but you will need access to a supervisor to do the practical assignments. You will also need to have a minimum of 30 hours driving experience before starting the course. 

The cost of the course is $240 per student  for a group of 6 to 20 students. If you would like Matthew to deliver a Street Talk course in your school or community please contact me.

"Was a good few classes. Matthew was really understandable and gave some great pointers!"


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