RoadSmart Driver Trainers are qualified instructors using late model easy-to-drive training vehicles.

Your RoadSmart Instructors

Mike Hartle

Mike Hartle.

Mike is an approved and qualified Land Transport New Zealand Driving Instructor.

Mike has a passion for road safety and smart driving techniques. He was a Ministry of Transport Traffic Officer in the mid 1970s, has driven trucks and buses, including local and long-distance passenger coaches, and was a Driver Licence Testing Officer for nearly ten years. Currently Mike delivers the AA Defensive Driving Course, as well as conducting private lessons. He holds most classes of licence.

Mike has a friendly, confident, easy-going manner which puts people at ease. He has a wealth of knowledge about vehicles of all types, driver licensing, safe driving, and young and mature driver training.


Gavin Cooper

Gavin Cooper.

Gavin is an approved and qualified Land Transport New Zealand Driving Instructor.

He has driven professionally for over 30 years including a variety of vehicles from Aston Martins and Bentleys to tour coaches, trucks, container forklifts and diggers. He brings a wide transport knowledge to the driver training field and knows what is required to pass the modern driving test.

As an instructor, Gavin is a patient and understanding teacher who can take a learner through all aspects of car control and application of the road code.


Certifications and Membership

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Mike is certified to conduct AA Defensive Driving courses, and in-car sessions for the Defensive Driving Course. This lesson includes hazard detection and commentary practice. See the AA Defensive Driving Course webpage if you want to make a booking.

He can also conduct the 4 hour Defensive Driving Course for experienced drivers. This would be suitable for business owners who operate a fleet of vehicles and wish to improve driver safety.

RoadSmart instructors are members of the New Zealand Institute of Driver Educators.


Training Vehicles

We use both automatic and manual vehicles, or you can use your own vehicle.

Our RoadSmart vehicles are fully insured, serviced, and have the required safety equipment.

Your instructors will also use a second set of mirrors to keep watch on your driving techniques and what's going on around you.

Using your own vehicle

You can use your own vehicle for all your training if you wish. Please ensure your vehicle is registered, has a current warrant of fitness, and is up to warrant of fitness standard at all times. This includes checking your tyres are not bald, and all your lights are working correctly. Make sure you clean the car before your lesson and clear any clutter from the vehicle. It is not practical to have any passengers or animals in the car during a driving lesson.