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Canberra’s Best Driving Schools

By Emily Morris - 4 August 2017 20

Canberra’s Best Driving Schools
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.

Apex

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.

Road Ready

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?

What’s Your opinion?


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20 Responses to
Canberra’s Best Driving Schools
wantok 5:49 pm 25 May 10

Late to the party on this thread, but thought I’d add another thumbs up for Apex. Alastair (who handles their north side training, automatic) is just superb. Very professional, excellent teacher, great stuff.

georgeoscarbluth 5:15 pm 25 May 10

I used this thread when deciding which company to go with and I ended up choosing Pinnacle Driving School. Grant was my instructor and he was totally fantastic, and Ron and Sue were really supportive of me. 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. Go with Pinnacle!

bohemian 4:40 pm 27 Aug 09

Another vote for Apex Driving. I had Kirrilee teaching me. She’s good.

jazza 11:27 am 26 Aug 09

i had a pretty good experience with DRIVE.

Art 11:37 pm 25 Aug 09

NRMA sure has a play it safe attitude… if doing 80 in a 100 zone on the parkway is playing it safe. And it was the instructor driving!

mr grumpy 4:44 pm 25 Aug 09

+1 for ron @Pinnacle.a handful of nephews and nieces have attained their licences with him.one niece complained she was taking longer than her friends to get her p`s.i found out she was over-confident,not listening and impatient,hence the delay.my son is currently learning with another instructor from pinnacle and has improved immensely.

CapitalK 2:48 pm 25 Aug 09

Another “vote” for Gary at Apex – myself and my siblings all learnt through him – he is great

LRAWR 12:27 pm 25 Aug 09

I second Brent from road ready been telling everyone to go with him, everyone is pleased! Greg from road ready is also very nice 🙂 even the receptionist is nice and welcoming and she has a very very good memory can remember your voice from 3 yrs back !

jessieduck 8:05 am 25 Aug 09

I just got my Ps in May and I used Brent at Road Ready http://roadready.com.au/ He was great.

I’m 29 and 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.

I did the required six lessons with him and he taught me plenty as well as getting my confidence up.

StenzOne 9:19 pm 24 Aug 09

Apex Driving School – Ask for Gary. 🙂

c9 9:08 pm 24 Aug 09

I found NRMA charges more than others, probably because of the ‘play it safe’ attitude.

TP 3000 7:09 pm 24 Aug 09

I forget who I was with, I had 1 lesson & I learnt nothing new. My mother taught me how to drive & I passed first time round.

However my brother did have one lesson with NRMA & found it very helpful

SheepGroper 7:05 pm 24 Aug 09

Apex driving school – 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.

AllaAurora 5:59 pm 24 Aug 09

I have a friend going to Panache driving school and they said they were great. They don’t just tell you what to do, they tell you why you’re doing it (with the clutch, gears etc. and what happens mechanically with them). Panache teach you in a mini cooper though so if you’re a big guy you might want to look elsewhere.

Ruby Wednesday 5:42 pm 24 Aug 09

Pinnacle Driving School, Ron in particular. I was 26 when I started lessons, having not driven since I was 17 (and failed the Queensland test three times). I think it took about 10 lessons all up (I bought two packages of six lessons at the start so I could make bookings for a fair way out, and they refunded the lessons I didn’t use).

He also does Saturday lessons, which, having a Monday to Friday job, was a godsend.

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