RoadSmart Driver Trainers are qualified and experienced instructors who put you first.

Your RoadSmart Instructors

Mike Hartle

Mike Hartle.

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

Mike operates in the Horowhenua, and will be available for lessons in Levin from mid January 2019.

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.

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.

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.

See our Bookings page to make an enquiry or a booking.


Gavin Cooper

Gavin Cooper.

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

Gavin operates in the Hutt Valley/Wellington area.

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.

See our Bookings page to make an enquiry or a booking.


Grant Morgan

Grant Morgan.

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

Grant operates in the Porirua/Tawa area.

Grant is fully focused to implement safe, clear drive coaching experiences. He is dedicated to creating a message of understanding by engaging with clients and their specific driving needs.

Applying Defensive Driving techniques, Grant understands what's required to establish safe, responsible drivers who are either training to pass their test or need a drive assessment.

See our Bookings page to make an enquiry or a booking.


Training Vehicles

Mike has a manual Ford Fiesta available for training, or you can use your own vehicle, either manual or automatic.

Our RoadSmart vehicle is fully insured, serviced, and has 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.