Driving in Difficult Conditions

Everyone has to drive in difficult conditions from time-to-time, whether it's snow and ice, torrential rain, fog, high winds, flooding or variable light. Driving for work in these conditions is challenging.

This course demonstrates safe driving techniques when the weather is bad, plus talks about route planning, vehicle checks, what to carry in your vehicle and what to do in an emergency. It also covers braking and cornering when traction is reduced and how to drive smoothly to further minimise risk and wear and tear on the vehicle.

Who is this course for?

  • Light and heavy vehicle drivers of all kinds - customise the module selection for your individual drivers' requirements
  • Drivers working in remote areas
  • Drivers exposed to bad weather on the job

What do you get with the course?

Full access to all training materials for 6 months

Study in your own time at your own pace, take the modules as many times as you need to and really get to know the information. You can access it on any computer, smartphone or tablet wherever there's an internet connection available.

The course consists of over an hour of video broken down into shorter modules. Each module has questions after it to cement a driver's understanding of the concepts demonstrated.


If you're managing other drivers, you can add more managers at no extra cost. They can download detailed reports, plus track and manage drivers. Managers can generate certificates on completion of the course.


Where is the course held? The whole course is completed online. If you would like further practical, in-vehicle training, please call 0800 637 000. Extra charges will apply.

What vehicles does the course cover? Cars, utes and trucks

I only have light vehicles. Do my drivers have to do the heavy vehicle modules? No, you can disable those modules for your light vehicle drivers

We never get snow or ice where we work. Do my drivers have to do the snow and ice modules? No, many of the modules are optional and can be disabled so that you can customise the course to suit your drivers. The optional modules are: trucks, emergency kit, clothing, stranded in snow, driving in icy conditions, driving in snowy conditions, and driving trucks in high winds.  


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple operators
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training

You get access to the course for a full 6 months which means your driver can take a couple of months to finish the modules and can come back to it as a refresher anytime until the course access expires - this is great if you need to do any remedial work with them. 

Set up is free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$39.00 + GST per person ($44.85)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 2 hours


Full access for 6 months

Course provided by DT Driver Training

This course is a joint production between DT Driver Training and TR Driver Training. DT is NZ's largest supplier of online driver training, while TR is NZ's largest heavy vehicle training provider

Training modules

Vehicle dynamics and limitations

How does bad weather and road conditions affect your driving, how will your vehicle react and how should you change your driving style of accommodate this?


Planning, risks & emergencies

How do you prepare for a journey filled with hazards and what do you do if the unthinkable happens?


Vehicle control

Improve your skills behind the wheel by learning the technique professional drivers use to anticipate hazards ahead and to drive smoothly and efficiently


Driving in specific difficult conditions

This section prepares you for the kind of weather and road conditions that dramatically increase the risk you'll have an accident

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