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 as Asperger's, 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. Book in advance - all of our instructors are fully booked most of the time 4-5 weeks in advance. Once you have a spot - book in advance, so you won't have to wait that long again to get your next.
Thomas McCready - 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 assessment. 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. He is one of the best instructors I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with."
ACT ADI #199 - NSW ADI #013019
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, it's now Chris doing us proud. All of our trainers are handpicked and in-house training to the highest level of training available and we are proud that Chris is part of our team. Chris is accredited in both NSW and the ACT
ACT ADI #290 NSW #014193
Nikita Amrein - Automatic - Tuggeranong, Central Canberra, Woden, Jerrabomberra & Queanbeyan areas.
Nikita started off as a student of Fifth Gear and ever since obtaining her license 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 driver's pace. Nikita has gone through and done numerous courses including Defensive Driver Training, Skidpan Training, and Performance Training.
ACT ADI # 307 NSW #014727
Jack Greenough, MANUAL - Northside, Belconnen, and Gungahlin
Jack is one very popular instructor after starting with us in an auto car, he has now switched over and taken manual lessons - northside, Gungahlin, and Belconnen areas. Jack is an accredited driving instructor available Monday to Friday from 7:30 am and 5:30 pm during the week and is also available every second Saturday - but due to popularity, weekends do book weeks in advance.
"I really cannot thank Jack enough for the lessons he gave me. Almost two n a half months to the day from my first lesson, I passed my test and even managing to pass all sections. Jack taught me not only how to pass my test, but how to be an excellent and safe driver. After every lesson, I felt more comfortable behind the wheel. Jack is the best instructor I could have hoped for it. It’s safe to say because of Jack driving is one of my favorite things now." T. Agarwal Modi
ACT ADI # 324
Adrian Tozzi - MANUAL Central Canberra, Woden Valley, Weston Creek.
Adrian has now been training with us for over 2 years now, and has a great history in all things mechanic and is absolutely loving his new role as our very busy Manual instructor - he is available for lessons Monday to Friday - 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. He is one of our instructors that will and does book out 2-3 weeks in advance, it is certainly worth booking in a few dates in advance. Always receiving brilliant feedback on social media forums and sort after by name,
"I would like to thank Adrian for assisting my son in obtaining his P Plates. Although Adrian is relatively new he showed a level of patience and understanding beyond his time in the industry. Adrian was able to clearly articulate areas for improvement in a way that was easy for Kyle to understand and continue working on with his driving between lessons. Adrian was able to restore Kyle's confidence following an accident." P.Smith
ACT ADI # 320
Kim Bessell - AUTO- City, Central, Weston Creek, Woden, Manuka, and Fyshwick
Kim has recently joined 5th Gear Motoring as an instructor after a long association with us, having been a student at many 5th Gear Advanced Driver Training courses and track days. He knows and shares our thorough approach to learning and a focus on the needs of every student as an individual.
Having previously had very successful careers as a community pharmacist, in private and public companies, and at senior executive levels in the Australian Government Public Service, Kim has chosen to follow his passion for motoring. As a result of this background and experience, you will find Kim to be a skilled and compassionate communicator across all walks of life and all situations.
When not working as a driving instructor, you will find Kim strapped into the co-driver seat of his rally car calling pace notes at national level tarmac rallies across Australia. This means that as your driving instructor, he is calm, clear, and understanding in all situations. Kim is also an accredited motorsport official providing fire and rescue, chase car or other motorsport official functions at venues ranging from Canberra’s local Hillclimb track to Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit and the iconic Mt Panorama.
"Kim is an absolutely amazing instructor, always up for conversation and unbelievably understanding when you stuff up. He made me feel a lot more comfortable learning to drive especially with my anxiety." - Liz P, March 2020
ACT ADI # 336 NSW ADI #015497
Jonothan Martens (Jono) - AUTO- Belconnen and Gungahlin
Jonathon provides constant dedication and support to deliver ultimate customer satisfaction, excellent results, and a strong inspiration for development. Jonathon started with Fifth Gear in mid-2019, however, he's very quickly become sought after and is always extremely busy in our northside suburbs. Parents and students alike brag about Jonathon’s teaching methods, and he is always highly recommended.
"Highly recommend 5th Gear Motoring to get your driving lessons. I passed my final drive today and I couldn’t be happier! Jono was an excellent teacher, he’s great at explaining things and gave me the confidence and skills to drive thank you Jono!" K. Poluis April 2020
ACT ADI # 337
Matt Cox - Manual Lessons - Belconnen & Gungahlin and North of the City.
Matt comes to the Fifth gear motoring team with a strong passion for safe driving and driver training. Having worked as a tennis coach for his previous job, he is very understanding and patient with younger people and understands how to unlock their full potential. Matt understands that learning to drive can be a daunting experience, but he endeavors to assist his learner in tackling the challenge. Matt has completed numerous courses, such as Skidpan training and track days, which further grow his passion for motorsport and driving.
"My daughter was terrified of doing driving lessons and I can't speak highly enough about Matt, he is the best! She came home raving about her lesson, begging me to make more, I've never seen anything like it! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, he is a miracle worker!', Gabriella's mum!, June 2021
ACT ADI # 377
Varun Vashisht - Automatic lessons, Gungahlin and Belconnen (north of the city also).
Varun has a calm, and quiet disposition, ensuring that students feel like they can take their time learning with an instructor who prides himself with not rushing anyone through before they are both confident and competent. Being that Varun has a young family in North Canberra, teaching in this area is second nature to him, and being available for lessons on Saturday and Sunday's is seeing him book WEEKS in advance, so if you want lessons with him, jump online now and book them quickly.
ACT ADI #375
Daniel - Advanced Driver Trainer (Track and Group Supervisor & Director)
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 to do their best. If you are a motorsports enthusiast you may like to ask him about his Bathurst experience! Daniel is accredited in both NSW and the ACT.
ACT ADI #256 - NSW ADI #013000
Melissa - Administration & Director
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.
"Everyone I dealt with at 5th Gear was highly professional, taking the time to listen to our needs. The website and payment system was super easy too. Thanks, 5th Gear - you are great!" Kylie Hoyland
Opening and Operation Hours
Office Hours - 9.00 am to 4.00 pm weekdays - please leave a message if we are on the phones or outside of these hours.
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 - 7.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday (instructors hrs vary)
Late Cancellations or on the day of: Please contact the office 0466 460 911 as well as your instructor to advise them with as much notice as possible. Their mobile numbers were sent to you at the time of booking your lesson.
Other Courses - as listed on the website