About Holden Street Smart

Holden Street Smart is a Driver’s education programme designed to help young Kiwis stay safe on the road.

Learning to drive is a risky business. Road crashes are one of the leading causes of death and serious injury for young people. Youth vehicle accident fatalities in New Zealand are the highest in the OECD. In 2015 young drivers aged 15–24 were involved in 90 fatal traffic crashes, 72 where 15–24 year-old drivers had the primary responsibility.

Fatal crashes where the driver’s contribution is significant, such as loss of control, driving too fast for the conditions or inexperience, are 2-3 times more likely to involve 15-24 year old drivers, than drivers 25 years and older.

This is due to a lack of awareness which results in poor decision making on the roads. In fact, over 60% of all fatal crashes do not involve drugs or alcohol.

Holden have recognised the need for a Drivers’ Programme that equips young Kiwis with the tools needed to safely drive our roads, well prepared and confident.

Holden Street Smart is a one-day event providing young drivers and their parents/caregivers the opportunity to undertake supervised driving practice. There is a focus on developing good decision-making strategies and vital skills for safe driving, including assessing themselves, reading the road environment, resisting peer pressure, managing or eliminating distractions and planning ahead.

The Programme will take place in safe, controlled, off-the-road environments, under the watchful eye of qualified coaches plus the parent/caregiver. This provides the parent the opportunity to also assess themselves, in order to be a better coach and mentor to their teen.

“The Holden Street Smart Programme is something that we believe is hugely important and potentially life-saving.”
Greg Murphy, NZ motorsport legend