Staying Safe: A Refresher Course for Older Drivers is just one of our driver education programmes. We also have our Life Without a Car course. Contact your local Age Concern to find out more about these programmes.
Staying Safe: Refresher Courses for Older Drivers
We drive on our roads every day. For many of us they are our lifeline – driving is a means of independence, social connection to family and friends and access to essential services.
With the generous support of Waka Kotahi (NZTA), Age Concern offers free Staying Safe: Refresher Courses for Older Drivers all over New
Zealand to help keep older people safe on the roads.
The theory-based refresher course is an opportunity for people to
re-familiarise themselves with traffic rules and safe driving practices in a friendly and relaxed environment with other older drivers. The course includes information on other transport options
available to help keep you mobile for as long as possible, whether
behind the wheel or when you stop driving.
How to register for a Staying Safe: Refresher Course for Older Drivers
To register for a Staying Safe Refresher course for older drivers, contact your nearest Age Concern by searching your postcode below.
For more information on Staying Safe refresher courses you can visit the Waka Kotahi (NZTA) website.
Check your driving skills online with the Waka Kotahi (NZTA) self-rating driving assessment
You can complete a self-rating driving assessment online that will help you look at your driving ability and compare it against the requirements for safe driving. All you need to do is answer 15 questions as honestly as possible based on your driving over the last few years. At the end you will get some helpful suggestions to improve any driving skills that are identified as an area you could focus on.
The self-assessment is for your own information only. The only details that Waka Kotahi (NZTA) collect are age and gender details for the purposes of monitoring usage of this tool. They do not collect your answers or final score.
Click here to complete a self-rating driving assessment online now.
Understand the process for renewing your licence once you turn 75
Once you turn 75 there are a few changes to the process for renewing your driver licence:
• Your new licence will be valid for only two to five years.
• You need to present a medical certificate each time you apply.
• If recommended by your doctor, you will have to sit a 30-minute On-road Safety Test.
• The renewal fees are lower – because you are renewing your licence more often.
For more information have a look on the Waka Kotahi (NZTA) website.
Other useful websites
For more information on driving for older people and interactive activities to improve your safety on and around roads you can go to
the Waka Kotahi (NZTA) website.
If you want a more hands on assessment of your driving or you want to further develop particular driving skills, you can contact a local driving instructor for a coaching session suitable for senior drivers on this website.