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Looking for a decent driving school

By seeking 22 March 2010 27

Hi Canberrans,

I am looking for a decent driving school, having moved to Canberra not long ago, I have sent my daughter to 3 so far.  So far they have been shocking! One was so bad she came home crying because he made her feel so uncomfortable….

Can anyone suggest a reputable and honest driving school for us to try?

Thank you.


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Holden Caulfield 12:02 am 26 May 10

Dereck from Fifth Gear might be worth a try as well. He caters to a wide range of needs from first timers, to defensive driving and even track-time if that’s what you’re after.

I’ve only used him for a couple of skid pan days and found he’s a very calm and measured sort of guy. Just the type of character you need when getting driving tuition!

georgeoscarbluth 5:09 pm 25 May 10

I would thoroughly recommend Grant from Pinnacle Driving – I was a ‘mature’ learner and he was just fantastic, and I also felt really supported by Ron and Sue as well. After putting it off for so long, I was able to get my license is record time.

gospeedygo said :

Try the NRMA Safer Driving School

I would avoid them. $78 (or more) per lesson. I went with them for 3 lessons, most arrogant driving instructor ever!!

In the end, I finished my L’s off with Greg at Road Ready. Best driving lesson ever

grumpyrhonda 8:52 pm 28 Mar 10

Ron from Pinnacle Driving school is excellent.

DemiGod 7:08 pm 28 Mar 10

Observing said :

UrbanReality said :

michellethompson said :

Seeking, you should definitely hire Kirrilee. She offers a lower rate than most other driving schools in the ACT and shes a great instructor, I can vouch for that.

Again I am not talking about kangaroos at high speed. Im talking about small animals sitting in the middle of the road going 50k/hr in a residental area. She told me not to slow down for them because they will move by themselves when the car close enough.
I am not misinformed, I had her as my teacher for 3 or 4 lessons. Did not like the way she taught especially after she told me not to slow down for hazards on the road.

If Kirrilee is teaching that, then I would avoid her. Three times I ignored what a driving instructor advised and swerved around animals on the street rather than kept going straight at the same speed. All three times I’m so glad I did because otherwise I would have killed the animal, damaged my car and possibly injured myself. All three times, the animal stared at the lights and did not budge. It would have been a smear if I didn’t practice another bit of contradictory advise instructors give you – be aware of hazards on the road and drive to avoid them.

I guess if these instructors are pet haters, it gives them a clean conscience when they plough through the surburban cat population with glee….

that said, its three times you could’ve swerved into oncoming traffic,.. common sense while driving is something missing from driving schools, learners only learn from their parents driving habits, and lucky breaks doing somthing stupid ,…

ApexDrivingSchool 12:43 pm 25 Mar 10

Hello Everyone,

We have been following the discussions on the Riot Act for a while now, and as a driving school in Canberra we would normally not be involved in your discussions about driving schools. However we would like to put the record straight as far as Kirrilee Gentleman is concerned. Kirrilee did work for Apex, and she did a wonderful job for our school. It was our loss when Kirrilee chose to go out on her own, and we are happy to hear she is doing very well. Apex Driving School believes that Kirrilee is an excellent instructor, who teaches quality driving instruction with the safety of all of us in mind.

Everyone has their own personal feelings with regards to their driving instructors, and all we can suggest is that you look for someone who matches your needs and personality. Good luck everyone, may we all be safe on our roads.

Apex Driving School.

Dazzlar 9:46 pm 24 Mar 10

Driving well is a skill, I feel for your daughter and hope she finds a good teacher!

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