About us

Got a question about Drive? We have the answers.

Drive is a free website and learning tool created by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and ACC. It’s the first phase of an ongoing project designed to help young people become confident, capable drivers.

Waka Kotahi website
ACC website

Our research has shown that young drivers are more likely to crash during their first 6 months of having a restricted licence than at any other time in their life. That’s not because young drivers are bad drivers. It’s because they lack the experience and knowledge of people that have been driving for many years.

Young drivers often get behind the wheel before they have a good understanding of what makes a great driver. That’s why we’ve created Drive. Drive is packed full of helpful tools and content that make learning the road rules, and learning to drive, easy and fun.

Everything on Drive was produced with the help of Waka Kotahi driving experts and driving instructors. So you know it’s accurate and trustworthy.

Best of all, every part of Drive is 100% free. The most we’ll ever ask you for is information.

Common questions we get about Drive

Can I reduce the amount of time I have to spend on a learner or restricted licence if I register for Drive?


The reason we have a Graduated Driver Licensing System (GDLS) is to stop learners from rushing into unsafe driving situations. That’s why Drive doesn’t offer any time discounts during the learner or restricted phases of the GDLS.

You can reduce the amount of time you need to spend on the restricted phase by completing an approved Defensive Driving Course through the AA or by completing a Street Talk driving course.

Visit the Waka Kotahi website for more information on advanced driving courses.

Advanced driving courses

Why do I need to sign up for Drive?

Signing up allows you to track your progress, earn points and achievements, and unlock cool stuff. The learner’s practice test, which includes the exact same questions as the real learner’s test, is only available to logged-in users.

When you’re logged in you’ll have access to a customised dashboard. This shows you what content you’ve looked at, what you’ve completed, and what you should do next. If you’re using the Road Code, you’ll be told what units to check out. If you’re working through the ‘Get your restricted’ section, you’ll see how many skills you’ve successfully ticked off.

Learn the NZ Road Code
The skills you need for the restricted licence test

But you don’t have to sign up if you don’t want to. Most of the content on Drive is free and accessible regardless of whether you’re logged in or not.

How do I sign up for Drive?

Signing up for Drive is easy. Just click on the ‘Sign up’ button above. All you’ll need to provide is your name, email, date of birth and a password.