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Lynn was a fantastic driving instructor, she was able to give me all the help I needed to be safe on the road and pass my restricted driving test first time. I always enjoyed my lessons with Lynn and found everything she taught me extremely helpful, especially her knowledge of the test course which defiantly helped me pass. Her supportive and easy going attitude allowed me to feel confident with my driving. 

Lucy Houghton 

I have been having driving lessons with Lynn since I have gotten my learner's license and she has done a fantastic job in teaching me how to drive safely on the road. The professional driving lessons have helped me drive with the right skills and attitude and got me well prepared for the restricted test which I passed on my first try at AA Penrose. Thanks Lynn for her great teaching and I would not hesitate to recommend Lynn to anyone.

Clement Wai Chit Yuen

Lynn is confident in her knowledge of the road and relaxing to be in the car with. She took me on the route of the my restricted test during my lesson so that I could familiarise myself with the course. This aided in passing my restricted license in a manual car, the first time I sat it. Lynn knows exactly what the instructors are looking for and is even prepared to sit in the back of the practical tests. Highly recommend to have at least 4/5 lessons with Lynn before any driving test, as I don't think I could have passed without her!

Brittany Davies.

Lynn was really helpful in my practice for my restricted test. She is really easy going and gave me loads of good tips to help me pass. Would definitely recommend her to anyone else looking to sit their license.

Charlie Goodwin.

My lessons with Lynn were really useful. Lynn you were most helpful with your tips on what I might expect during the restricted test.   I found your calm confidence really helped me to learn to drive in a way in which I always felt at ease.  By the time I sat my test I had the confidence I needed to pass first time.                  

Max. St Johns Auckland.

Lynn is a wonderful driving instructor and is very patient and knowledgeable. After my lessons with her I gained invaluable confidence behind the wheel and could navigate the roads safely.

Emma Bower.


Kia ora koutou,

Lynn gave me the confidence to sit my restricted driving test and coached me with patience, clear tips and positivity. After many years of aborted driving attempts, it was Lynn who gave me immense moral support to sit my test and pass it. I am foverever thankful to her for her guidance and encouragement.



Lynn is an incredible driving instructor, full of positive reinforcement, very casual, easy to talk to and firm when she needed to be. Thanks to her excellent advice and help, i was able to pass my test on my first attempt. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

- Louis Agnew

Lynn was absolutely awesome while helping me practice for my restricted. She was firm but always encouraging, and very supportive when I found something hard. I always felt safe and within my comfort zone while driving with her. I would totally recommend her to anyone sitting their driving tests or wanting to improve confidence.

Diyani Desilva.

Lynn was so dedicated in helping me pass my restricted by never giving up on me! She is fun and really easy-going which helped me be comfortable and confident in driving and I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn to drive and pass their tests.

Alexia Ellffie.


"Lynn was very helpful in helping me learn to drive on my learners, she is calm and friendly and thanks to her detailed lessons I was able to pass my restricted test on my first go."

  -Claudia Riley


Heather Mason - Restricted Test October 2012, Full Test January 2014 Passed First Time.


I was a nervous absolute beginner driver at 26 years old. Lynn was a very supportive instructor who made me feel instantly at ease and gave me plenty of encouragement. Giving practical advice and being quite firm, she pushed me each week in my lessons but I never felt out of my comfort zone and I learnt all the skills I needed to get my restricted licence after just six months of driving.

I would highly recommend Lynn as a driving instructor.




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Teaching teenagers to drive

From Nine To NoonThursday 21 July 2016 

Should parents teach their children to drive, or leave it to the professionals? Lynn Holland is a qualified NZTA Driving Instructor and she's worked for the AA as a Defensive Driving Instructor. She has tips for teaching teenagers to drive.

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Read an edited excerpt of the interview below:

Why is it that over the last five or six years the number of teenagers seeking to get their licence has plummeted?

There are a lot of issues. I do get some students who have anxiety about driving and perhaps their parents are more keen for them to drive than they are themselves and it’s usually because they’ve seen something horrific or they’ve had a bad family experience, so they’re really not keen to get on the road themselves. I think it’s more an Auckland thing. When you’re out of Auckland there is less traffic to deal with, so you’re going to have a smoother ride.

How do you approach – in the least stressful way for everybody – getting ready to learn to drive?

I think in the city parents do need to be aware. They need to upskill a bit. It’s more challenging; there are more cars on the road. Driving behaviour has deteriorated. They really need to have a good hard look at their driving because the children in the back seat are watching them driving from a really young age. They really absorb their mannerisms. When I get a student, I can pretty much tell how their parents are driving, just by watching the student.

Parents need to get online. There are a lot of free resources on the NZTA website for students and their coaches who are getting ready for that driving experience. I think Nigel Latta did an excellent job on his series on teenage drivers.

Plan ahead. Upskill your knowledge and then sit down at the kitchen table and talk it through with your students to get ready.

The first few lessons in Auckland, yeah you can take them to a carpark on a Sunday morning when it is quiet, get them used to manoeuvring the car, but I would recommend driving lessons in the city because we have dual controls and we can take them through more complex situations and it really is a far safer environment.

Manual versus automatic. Is anyone learning how to drive a manual these days?

Yes they do, there is still a demand. Although it’s hard to get manual cars. In the city I would recommend they start on an automatic. In the city it’s really about situational awareness of the traffic around you. You’ve got to learn to control your car smoothly and keep an eye on the traffic. If you’re in a manual, you’ve got one more job to do. In an automatic it is easier. There really is very little advantage to learning in a manual first.

Do you think in a city like Auckland it might be a good idea to go to a professional instructor, unless you really, really know what you’re doing?

That’s right. You don’t have to have a driving instructor if your parents or coach really does take it on board and does their homework. But I would say that a driving instructor will make the whole process go a lot more smoothly. You see a lot of bad driving behaviour on the road and it’s very hard for learners to consolidate their practice. They need to practice a lot to get good.

Driving involves a specific sense of cognitive, spatial, anticipatory skill. It’s a fantastic discipline for the brain, you’re constantly watching what’s going on around you. Anticipation of what you and others are doing and what it’s going to mean collectively, is pretty much what driving is about.

Yes. It’s learning about the inertia of the car and the momentum and learning to plan ahead. Not just staring at the front windscreen, but thinking about what is going to happen further down the road and searching out those moving hazards on the road. That’s something you can do even before the student gets behind the wheel. When they’re in the passenger seat you can start teaching them about where they should be looking and when they should be looking.

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