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restricted Driving lessons 

get your restricted driving licence!

What you’ll learn in our driving lesson/s
(manual or automatic) with your Driving Instructor, Gavin Buchanan


First we’ll talk about how much driving, and what type of driving you have done (if any) and what you’d like extra help with.

We’ll discuss give way rules and how to apply them whilst we’re out driving.

As we drive around, I’ll point out driving that would mean a terminated test. So, I’ll tell you both what to do and what not to do.

There are many techniques when it comes to starting and stopping depending on the type of intersection.  You’ll learn these and practice them.


About the Restricted Test
The Restricted test is practical in-car and in 2 stages. Stage 1 is 10 minutes. This stage will indicate if you are able to do the more challenging driving tasks of Stage 2.

You are allowed 2 critical errors, but only one may occur in Stage 1. One immediate fail error at any time will also result in a failed test.

Practice your Restricted Test with us!

When you’re ready, you’ll drive a practice Restricted driving test with me. We’ll talk about how the Restricted driving test works.

As a former Driver Testing Officer who took over 10,000 tests, I can help let you know what to expect and give you feedback to correct any errors so you feel confident and ready for your test!

Please note that this is a PRACTICE test only. To book your driving test, please book online with Waka Kotahi.

Driving Lesson Fees
$80 including GST for 60 minutes. Click here to book a lesson now

It's important to bring your licence with you to every lesson. Without this your lesson cannot proceed and a cancellation fee will apply. 

The lesson includes the cost of insurance in the hourly fee. However, there is a $750 excess to be paid by the driver, in the event of an accident. I hold personal liability insurance for up to one million dollars. Thames Driver Training accepts no liability in the event of damage to your person, vehicle, property or third party.

Using Your Car
Lessons in your own manual or automatic car are fine. In fact, it's good to have lessons in the car you will be driving and probably doing the test in. Your vehicle must registered, warranted etc. Insurance while you or your child is learning is your own responsibility. Please check with your own insurer to ensure you have the correct cover.

If paying by online banking, please make sure payment is in our account the day before the lesson. If paying by cash, please pay on the day at the start of your lesson. Lessons will only proceed once payment is received.

Please give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation to avoid paying for missing the lesson

Running Late?
Please text me on 027 268 6381 urgently to advise if you are running late. Your lesson may be shortened as lesson times are tightly scheduled.

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