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What is a coach?

A coach is someone that helps a new learner through the process of learning to drive by building up skills and experience.

Drivers with a learner's licence must have someone in the front passenger seat with them when they drive. That person must hold a full New Zealand car driver licence and have held it (or an overseas equivalent) for at least 2 years. The law says so.

Do I need to have a licence to be a coach?

Yes. You'll need to have a full NZ car driver licence and have held it (or an overseas equivalent) for at least 2 years. 

How often should we be practising? 

Aim for 2-2½ hours a week for a year or so. That means a total of about 120 hours before your learner sits the restricted test.

Don't worry, each lesson needn't be a structured driving lesson. Once your learner driver has mastered the basics of car control, they should be repeating them consistently well. Let them drive you everywhere you go, even if it's just to the dairy and back.

Once controlling the car is natural, you can start building up their experience in a range of traffic conditions and road types - like driving in the wet, at night, and on rural roads.