At Fifth Gear Motoring our motto is "GET THE DRIVER’S EDGE". It comes from our life-long passion for driver safety and education, motorsports and being the best you can be - along with a belief that our public streets are not the place for risk taking.
Fifth Gear Motoring provides driver training from the Learner driver stage to advanced and performance drivers and has a history of producing safe and defensive road users.
We offer a range of courses
Learners and Defensive
We aim to educate both new and experienced drivers to be proactive and defensive drivers on today’s roads and with today’s technology. We are passionate about providing quality driver training and promoting safe driver attitudes amongst our customers to reduce their everyday risks. All our trainers have experience working with people with special needs such aspergus, learning difficulties, anxiety, etc. and most have experience working with vehicle modifications such as hand controls.
Track Days and Performance
We believe that people should be given a safe and appropriate environment to enjoy and develop their own passion for driving - on track, as well as being educated and informed drivers for their everyday safety (and the safety of others) on the road.
Corporate and Specialised
The Fifth Gear Motoring team has experience in a range of corporate and specialised training such as working with vehicle modifications and customers with special needs, providing tailored driver training packages for business, vehicle release days, and more.
With our experienced and dynamic team we are confident we can provide the service to meet your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and invite you to look around our website.
About our Team
Meet our experienced and friendly team all of whom are passionate about driving and safety. Most of our trainers have experience working with Learners with Aspergers, Anxiety and Learning difficulties and have had training with modifications such as spinner knobs and hand controls.
Daniel - Senior Trainer & Director- Canberra - Queanbeyan
Daniel comes to Fifth Gear Motoring with a strong motorsports background and a passion for road safety, so his knowledge of driving is beyond what you will get from most driving instructors in Canberra. He has a positive outlook, a can do attitude and loves a challenge. His passion for driving is infectious, and he has the ability to motivate students to ask questions and do their best. If you are a motorsports enthusiast you may like to ask him about his Bathurst experience!
"I really enjoyed my lessons with Daniel a lot. I really clicked with him and the way he explained things meant my driving clicked into place as well. I looked forward to my lessons and felt like I was really learning a lot."
ACT ADI #256 - NSW ADI #013000
Thomas - Automatic - South Canberra - Queanbeyan
Thomas is passionate about safe driving and driver training. Working across all our programs from Learner's right through to our Advanced Training programs, Thomas understands that learner drivers may be nervous when they first hit the road. His patient and encouraging teaching style makes him very popular with learners of all ages. He is pretty fast around a race track too!
"Thomas is an extremely good instructor. I base my comments on my own knowledge and experience of instructing, including competency based assessing. During his instruction of me he was always clear in getting his message across and I never felt stupid or that I was being condescended to. I felt entirely confident in his knowledge and abilities. His is one of the best instructors I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with."
ACT ADI #199 - NSW ADI #013019
Alasdair - Manual - North / Central Canberra
After being a Fifth Gear Motoring "regular customer" Alasdair brings with him a strong interest in all things driving related. He has a calm and friendly communication style and has an ability to immediately make his students feel comfortable. His flexible yet hard working nature, combined with many hours spent in Advanced Driver training means that like the rest of our trainers, he is "smarter than the average instructor" and is keen for his students to become the best drivers they can be.
"I really enjoyed my driving lessons with Alasdair because he made me feel relaxed and gave me confidence in my driving. I would definitely refer my friends to him because I learn't a lot and found him very easy to understand."
ACT ADI #249 - NSW ADI #013052
David - Automatic - North / Central Canberra
David came to Fifth Gear Motoring with a mechanical background and a passion for all things automotive. His automotive knowledge, friendly, calm nature compliments he's attention to detail and makes him a natural driver trainer. David is fluent in Chinese (mandarin) and is popular with international students wanting to gain their australian license. David's got a love for advanced driving and is always striving to improve his skills as a driver on the road and the race track. He is also Fifth Gear Motoring's resident Honda Man!
ACT ADI #298
Chris Coxhead - Manual South Canberra and Queanbeyan
Chris came to fifth gear at the beginning of 2015, and trains specifically in our manual minis, covering the south of canberra. He is a quiet achiever since coming on has taken over the entire student list from the previous trainer - now owner - Daniel, so where you would have seen Daniel in the little red mini, its now Chris doing us proud. All of our trainers are hand picked and in house trained to the highest level of training available and we are proud that Chris is part of our team.
ACT ADI #290
Nikita Amrein - Automatic - Northside Belconnen and Gungahlin
Nikita started off as a student of Fifth Gear and ever since obtaining her licence has had a passion for driving. Working as a Driver Trainer is a passion of hers and she is always looking to help out. Nikita is compassionate and knows that learning to drive can be a nerve wracking experience and will take lessons at the learner drivers pace. Nikita has gone through and done numerous courses including Defensive Driver Training, Skidpan Training and Performance Training.
ACT ADI # 307
Arnold Verghese - Manual - Central - Upper south and Belconnen
Arnold is a freelance Graphic artist by trade. Arnold just moved from Dubai in 2015, but has been driving for nearly 12 years now. "I’m very passionate about cars and racing which is what led me to be the top 8 finalists for the GT Academy Race driver selection program in the middle-east. I am very patient, tenacious, fun and easy going. Hopefully I can help you learn to be one of the safest driver’s in the ACT." Arnold is now taking lessons through the middle section of Canberra, helping with some Belconnen students and some north (south-side) students also.
ACT ADI #304
Rick - Automatic - Special Events - Advanced Driver Course and NSW Safer Driver Instructor
From the moment you meet Rick you can't help but pick up on his calm and easy going demeanor. He grew his Driving Instructors legs with another Canberra Driving School and has brought some great experience with him as well as a positive attitude towards providing quality driver training and great customer service. Rick's relaxed communication style means he can relate to Learners from every corner of the globe and he loves the challenge teaching new drivers brings with it on a day to day basis. Rick has represented the ACT in a sport - bet you cant guess which one!
"My husband and I would like to say we were very impressed with Rick's patience and positive approach to teaching our daughter how to drive (who is hearing impaired and had minimal driving knowledge or experience when she started with Rick). She is now safely using the sound basic skills Rick taught her and is continuing to develop her driving skills and knowledge safely."
ACT ADI #178 - NSW ADI #012985
Melissa - Administration
Melissa, is the voice on the other end of the Fifth Gear Motoring phone who will always do her best to answer your questions and provide you with quality customer service. She is the quiet achiever that keeps this well oiled motor running. She also has a "not so hidden" talent is A Shot Above the Rest, you may see her at the track behind the lens from time to time too.
Opening and Operation Hours
Office Hours - 9.00am to 5.00pm weekdays
The office is not open on Public holidays, however lessons may still be booked with instructors wishing to keep the diaries open ( at their own discretion)
Driving Lessons - 7.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Saturday (instructors hrs vary)
Other Courses - as listed on website