FAQ's

1. Do I need any experience before booking a lesson?
2. Do I need to speak english?
3. Can I get refresher lessons?
4. What type of cars does Apple Driving School operate?
5. Is it better that I learn in an automatic or manual?
6. Can I use my own car?
7. What if I have to cancel a lesson?
8. Do I have to book in for six lessons?
9. How many lessons will I need?
10. Can I take a support person with me when I sit the test?
11. What if I fail my driving or theory test?
12. What if I am a mature person who hasn't driven before?
13. What if I have bad eyesight?
14. What happens when I turn 75?

 

When you are ready to book for a full practical driving test, call the NZTA


1.
Do I need any experience before booking a lesson?
No, you don’t.  Some people come to us having had a few lessons from family or friends, most people have no experience.  However well intentioned, it’s better to use a professional instructor to ensure you don’t pick up someone else’s poor driving habits.

2. Do I need to speak English?
No.  We’ve taught people that don’t speak English. They need to learn just a few words associated with driving, such as “brake!”

3.  Can I get refresher lessons?
Yes, the lessons are the same.   If you haven’t driven for some time and have lost your confidence on the road, it’s a really good idea to book in for a few lessons to regain that confidence.

4. What type of cars does Apple Driving School operate?
We have  automatic cars available with dual controls on the instructor's side enabling us to help if required and to assist with your fast learning.  Our Contact Us page lists our drivers and which cars they have.

5. Is it better that I learn in an automatic or manual?
It really depends on how coordinated you are.  You may like to keep in mind that there are more automatics available for purchase these days – perhaps as many as 80% of cars are now automatic.  Additionally, when you are driving under a Restricted Licence, if you sat your test in an automatic car, you can only drive automatic vehicles - unless accompanied by another person who has had his or her full licence for a minimum of two years.

6.  Can I use my own car?
It is preferable that we use cars with dual controls; however, if you already have some driving skills, we may consider using your car.

7.  What if I have to cancel a lesson?
Please give us 24 hours notice of any cancellations – however, if you are sick, feel free to stay at home!

8.  Do I have to book in for five sessions?
No.  You can book one lesson at a time.  However, as there is a high chance you will need at least five lessons, you may as well make use of the discount provided (see our Pricing page).

9.  How many lessons will I need?
There is no easy answer.  It depends how much experience you bring to your first lesson, on your confidence level, your natural ability, how quick a learner you are.  As a rule of thumb, younger people generally learn faster.  The NZTA recommends 120 hours of practical driving experience, however, in practice, this is almost never required with lessons ranging from under 10 for fast learners to perhaps as many as 20/30 for slower learners.

10. Can I take a support person when I sit my test?

Yes you may, however, this is a decision that you should make yourself, rather than feeling pressured by the support person to do so. The support person must not offer assistance or distract the driver or officer at any stage during the test or feedback session and must be over 20 years old.

The testing officer may refuse to accept a support person if he or she is threatening, appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is noisy or violent, or if there is no suitable seating available.

11.  What if I fail my driving or theory test?
The most important thing is to not lose confidence!  People fail the tests all the time – they can seem quite difficult when the material is new.  Just book in for another test at a time that suits you, and as soon as possible.

12. What if I am a mature person who hasn’t driven before?
Then we encourage you all the more!  Driving brings a level of freedom that so many take for granted.  It seems daunting to everyone to begin with, young or old; while some younger people may take to driving like a duck to water, we have many older students who are equally successful in passing their tests; they may just take a little longer.

13. What if I have bad eyesight?
When you apply for a licence or licence renewal, you will be requested to pass an eyesight screening check; you may use your glasses for this test. 

If you don't pass the test, you must provide:

  • An eyesight certificate issued by a New Zealand-registered optometrist (not more than 60 days old), or
  • A medical certificate issued by a New Zealand-registered medical practitioner (not more than 60 days old)

If you are limited to vision in just one eye, you must similarly present an eyesight certificate from your doctor or optometrist.

14.  What happens when I turn 75?
Once you have turned 75, the driver licence renewal process changes.  The NZTA will send you a driver licence renewal pack about six weeks before your licence is due to expire and your new licence will be valid for only two to five years. 

Additionally, you need to present a medical certificate each time you apply, and if recommended by your doctor, you will have to sit a road Safety Test.    
Apple Driving School regularly assesses drivers for this reason in conjunction with a Registered Occupation Therapist.
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