This has been updated for August 2017
Driving is a skill for life. If you or your kids are learning to drive, it’s a great idea to invest in professional driving lessons.
But how can you find the best driving schools in Canberra?
We’ve read through your comments and critiques and put together a reliable list of the top 4 Canberra based driving schools. Each driving school on our list had more than one detailed recommendation from our readers.
What Makes a Great Driving School?
Learning to drive can be a dangerous process. Safety should always be your number one concern. Taking quality driving lessons can give you the knowledge and experience you need to drive safely and confidently, and pass your driving test.
Here’s what we think makes a great driving school.
- Punctuality. When you book driving lessons, you need to know that your driving instructor will turn up on time, every time.
- Trustworthy. Taking a driving lesson means hopping in the car with a total stranger. You need to feel like you can trust your instructor.
- Knowledgeable. What’s the point of taking a driving lesson with someone who doesn’t know what they are taking about? The best driving schools have staff that know the ins and outs of local road rules.
- Experience. Everyone learns differently. The more experience your instructor has, the better equipped they will be to help you work through your challenges.
- Respect. No matter how old you are, or your driving ability, you deserve complete respect from your driving instructor.
The Top 4 Canberra Driving Schools According to You
We read your feedback. We noted your complaints. Here are the top 4 driving schools in Canberra as decided by you.
Since 1983, Apex driving school has helped learners of all ages become confident, safe, and knowledgeable drivers capable of passing their driving test.
All Apex instructors are accredited and experienced and can teach you to drive in your own car, or in one of their dual controlled vehicles. What’s more, Apex now offers Canberra kids the opportunity to practice in a driver training simulator as a part of their Early Driver-Ed Program.
Our commenters had nothing but good things to say about their experience with Apex. “Very professional, excellent teacher, great stuff,” wrote wantok. As an older driver, SheepGroper appreciated their instructor’s thorough approach, “I started learning in my forties and the instructor was a year younger than I was. With two decades of experience teaching people to drive in Canberra he was excellent both in people skills and with his depth of knowledge.”
Pinnacle Driving School
Pinnacle Driving School believes in teaching their students how to be safe, responsible, and confident when driving. No matter your driving goals, the certified team at Pinnacle Driving School can help you achieve them.
Whether you’re a semi-experienced driver or have never laid a hand on the wheel, Pinnacle’s lessons will meet your needs. They cater for their students’ specific requirements. They offer manual or automatic training and male or female instructors.
This Canberra driving school ensures all drivers not only pass the test but also become life-long safe drivers. Our commenters could not agree more. “I am 26 and I was pretty anxious about learning but Grant was able to facilitate trust and confidence so I was able to get my license much more quickly than I thought,” wrote georgeoscarbluth.
If you want a Canberra driving school with fantastic customer reviews, Road Ready could be the school for you. Our commenters had nothing but positive things to say.
Road Ready is a fully insured, fully accredited driving school in Canberra that offers comprehensive, safe, and flexible training in new vehicles (both manual and automatic). Roady Ready services all of the Canberra and Queanbeyan area.
One commenter had a great experience with Road Ready after having their L plates for over a decade. “I was on my L’s for 12 years before deciding/being peer pressured into finally getting my licence. Brent was really respectful and had a nice manner about him–he treated me like an adult and put me at ease the entire time,” wrote jessieduck.
Panache Driving School
A fan of the Mini Cooper? Panache Driving School is an award-winning, Mini Cooper only driving school in Canberra. The experienced team at Panache don’t just teach their students how to pass the test – they teach them how to be safe, confident, and knowledgeable drivers for life.
This Canberra driving school has numerous accolades from the Australian Road Safety Awards, with the latest award for their “Panache Pedestrian Awareness in Schools Program”.
Our commenters had excellent experiences with the instructors at Panache. “They don’t just tell you what to do, they tell you why you’re doing it,” wrote AllaAurora. “I had a great time with Panache both with learning to drive and on their defensive course after I got my Ps,” wrote big-brett.
Which Canberra Driving School Will You Pick?
We wish you the best of luck with your driving, and fingers-crossed, you pass your test.
Feel free to let us know how you go with your chosen Canberra driving school. Would you recommend them to your friends? Why? Why not?