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# 34698 28-May-2009 15:30
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I need to ask a few questions for my defensive driving course and since I dont know many people that would actually talk about it to me.

What are the qualities of a safe driver?

Do you think that you're a safe driver?

How experienced are you?

Any help would be nice.

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  # 219033 28-May-2009 23:12
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Utter waste of time.

I did it, all theory based.  I think you'd be better of doing a course (which will be more expensive) that has a more practical focus.

I know they do some stuff out at the Pukekohe race track, I'd recommend that.

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  # 219035 28-May-2009 23:14
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nate: Utter waste of time.

I did it, all theory based.? I think you'd be better of doing a course (which will be more expensive) that has a more practical focus.

I know they do some stuff out at the Pukekohe race track, I'd recommend that.


Depends what you are doing it for. If you are just wanting to reduce your restricted time then cheap is good . . .

 
 
 
 


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  # 219099 29-May-2009 07:21
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MorphingDragon: I need to ask a few questions for my defensive driving course and since I dont know many people that would actually talk about it to me.

What are the qualities of a safe driver?

Do you think that you're a safe driver?

How experienced are you?

Any help would be nice.


If I was you I would buy a copy of this book instead of going on a DD course.
Another good one is this




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  # 219108 29-May-2009 07:41
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do you need to do the course as a licencing requirement? and what class of vehicle are you using?




that would be an ecumenical matter

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  # 219112 29-May-2009 07:48
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nate: Utter waste of time.

I did it, all theory based.  I think you'd be better of doing a course (which will be more expensive) that has a more practical focus.

I know they do some stuff out at the Pukekohe race track, I'd recommend that.


+1 to that if you're looking to actually improving skills. I did the Holden Advanced Driver Training there two or three years ago. One day I'll get around to stage 2.

However if t's just to reduce your restricted time, as Scott mentioned, cheap is good. And perhaps an advanced driver training course later on.

In answer to your questions;

Buy a book, perhaps something local though that is more tailored to NZ

Yes I am

About 23 years on the road and the above course. 'Touch Wood', no incidents so far!

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  # 219177 29-May-2009 10:05
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nate: Utter waste of time.

I did it, all theory based.  I think you'd be better of doing a course (which will be more expensive) that has a more practical focus.

I know they do some stuff out at the Pukekohe race track, I'd recommend that.


+1 to that if you're looking to actually improving skills. I did the Holden Advanced Driver Training there two or three years ago. One day I'll get around to stage 2.

However if t's just to reduce your restricted time, as Scott mentioned, cheap is good. And perhaps an advanced driver training course later on.

In answer to your questions;

Buy a book, perhaps something local though that is more tailored to NZ

Yes I am

About 23 years on the road and the above course. 'Touch Wood', no incidents so far!




Can't understand why you need to buy a local book, All cars have a steering wheel and four wheels.
and everyone has a brain. And you should know the road code by now.




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  # 219222 29-May-2009 11:23
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The OP didn't ask how to drive a car, they're asking about defensive driving. There is locally available material right up their alley, that doesn't involve the humongous international freight costs charged by Amazon. And if the OP is doing the Defensive Driving course to reduce the time on Restricted license as Scott suggested, then buying a book alone will not help, you have to do the course.

 
 
 
 


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  # 219616 29-May-2009 23:34
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How long ago did some of you do it? As of around 2 years ago they are not all theroy based.. Not saying they are any better but not all theory based!!

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  # 219807 30-May-2009 14:10
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itxtme: How long ago did some of you do it? As of around 2 years ago they are not all theroy based.. Not saying they are any better but not all theory based!!


Quite awhile ago, must be around 8 years ago.

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  # 219822 30-May-2009 14:39
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What are the qualities of a safe driver?


over 25 and sober.
 - sorry, every mother who says 'my son's a very safe driver' is eternally deceived. give him something cool and powerful and he will try his best to wreck it. studies have shown the brain doesnt value life until that age. and not for all people.

driving defensively just means this:

you look out for things that can can crash into your path and things that can make you cause a crash, and react to reduce the chances of a mishap.

the guy who says - i have the right of way, this is my road i'm going to accelerate past you boys on the side of the road is not a defensive driver. but the fella who goes - hmm, dumb kids fooling around nearby, better slow down in case they run across the road, is a defensive driver.

simple things like that.




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