Test Center Myths Busted


Some Test Centres Have Higher Fail Rates Because The Examiners Are Mean!

This is an urban myth that circulates around schools as teens share their driving test experiences with their friends. Learn to drive properly and you have a higher chance of passing no matter where you take your test.

It’s quite funny as I hear that EVERY test centre on the Gold Coast is ‘really bad cos everyone fails there’! I’ve even had students who had taken their test at one Transport Centre and failed and then booked another test almost an hour or more away from home just so they can ‘pass’ without failing again at a Gold Coast centre! Learn to drive properly and save MONEY!

This tells me some very interesting truths about teens going for their driving tests. Remember I mentioned before that you will pass if you are READY. To me, you are ready when it doesn’t matter where you learn to drive, you are aware of other road users, you see all signs and markings along the way and you OBEY them, and you don’t freak out when told that you’ll be driving through that hectic roundabout or asked to turn right across a dual carriageway intersection……etc

Making mistakes is a learning process. Accept them. Learn and move on.

The reality is this. If you make errors on your driving test and fail, it is better to have done those errors while someone was still with you while you learn to drive rather than for you to make those mistakes while out on your own for the first time.

If you fail due to multiple ncde’s (non critical errors) and these could range from incorrect use of indicators, forgetting to shoulder check, turning a little wide around a corner or being too far from the kerb during a manoeuvre, you might not think those things are important in the larger scheme of things – you know you can drive right – the thing is, if you were really ready to be a P Plater, all of those things would be second nature to you and you would not have lost marks on them.

If you fail for a cde (critical driving error) then you are definitely not ready for solo driving.

You may never have made the same mistakes during your practise either with a parent or an instructor, but the fact that you did while being assessed on your ability to drive safely and in accordance with the road rules – not good.

You might think it’s no biggie to roll your wheels over a stop line at a stop sign and whats the excitement about not going over those double white lines? You were speeding? Really? And using poor judgement and leaving a minuscule safety margin when that van was coming towards you on the roundabout? What were you thinking?

These are all ‘LIFE THREATENING’ errors. This is why they fail people who make these errors. These drivers are not ready to be on the road with the limited experience that they have had until now.

So, now that you know that I have your best interest at heart and I really am passionate about road safety and keeping YOUR children safe when they get their license, give me a call to book in their training. 0403 063 319

I give so much more than a ‘Driving Lesson’. Anyone can get a license. It is way too easy to learn and practise just what you need to know to pass the driving test. People come to me to Learn to Drive. That is what I focus on.

Parents that care about their child’s safety on our roads and want to be sure that they have the skills to survive want to have the best training possible.

I promise to provide the best service to ensure their safety.

CALL NOW! 0403 063 319 for an obligation free chat.

Learn at your own Pace

Driving Lessons for Beginners

That very first time behind the wheel is a little scary – for the new driver AND whoever is sitting next to them, especially with the first child in the family to get their Learners License. I know from experience that I took for granted that my daughter would know how to steer at least! I got my first grey hairs with that one haha!

Some beginner drivers are a natural behind the wheel, others not so good. Let a professional be the first person to sit beside a learner driver if you are prone to anxiety yourself, or the thought of not having control makes you ill.

A “Fully Comprehensive, all you need to know” course turning the absolute beginner into a confident driver ready to go with a parent/ supervisor for driving lessons to fill up your logbook.

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Driving Lessons for Partly Trained Learner Drivers

Already had driving lessons before? Maybe a bit of experience with mum and dad? No need to start from the beginning! I’ll pick up your where you left off. I’ll have a little char with you to find out what you know and what you would like to do next. No time wasting at all. This saves heaps of money that you can put towards your first car!

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Driving Test Rescue

Failed your test when you went in on your own or with another Driving School? Perhaps it was not entirely your own fault. You just may not have been 100% ready to have your P’s. Let me evaluate you and see if together we can get your licence this time around. You may not need too many driving lessons, just a little confidence boosting!

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Confidence Building

Do you want to feel comfortable and in control? Perhaps you have been driving for a while but are nervous about heavy traffic or high speed motorways and freeways. My program of flexible driving lessons will help you love driving again.

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Next Steps…

Contact me for an obligation free chat to find out more about all of these great programs – and the added extras I include with my driving lessons that other schools don’t.

Call 0403 063 319
Email: sonia@learntodrivewithsonia.com.au

Why Learners and their parents choose me


Selecting a Driving Instructor is an important process. You want Learning to Drive to be fun, interesting and of course, Educational.

Finding out through your friends is one great way to find an instructor as you will have had feedback about them from your friends. Your parents may even put you in touch with who taught them! Yes, there are some older instructors out there who have taught two and maybe three generations from the one family. That is just how committed we are once we get going!

Another way to find an awesome instructor is to read reviews on social media. It is important to also take into account that some reviews may have been pre written by the Driving Instructor for copying and pasting by their students. Not an entirely honest practise but if the student agrees, then either they couldn’t think of what to write themselves, or perhaps they received some sort of compensation to do so.

Every review on my social pages has been written by either my students or their parents. None were ‘paid for’.

You can see what others have written about me HERE

The nicest feedback that I get is often from parents who don’t always put it in writing for me – and it’s when they state what a difference that they have noticed in their Childs’ driving after a lesson with me.

CONFIDENCE – a professional lesson boosts a new drivers confidence as they are in a calm, relaxed environment. Parents are fantastic supervisors, but conflicts can sometimes arise when a parent/ supervisor may over react to a situation, shout out or grab the wheel (or handbrake! I used to as a parent!)

It is the role of a professional to prepare a new Learner Driver for driving supervised with their parents! Not the other way around. A few professional lessons could put you both at ease.

SAFETY – Having your first few lessons in a car with dual controls and a professional who knows how to handle any situation on the road is a lot safer for a beginner driver.

Gentle, step by step coaching on when to check mirrors, shoulder checking, moving at speed relevant to the conditions and much more. There are layers of learning that are better retained if done in order rather than expecting a learner driver to know it all as soon as they get behind the wheel.
Here is what some parents and students have to say about their experience:

I passed my test first try yesterday and can honestly say a large part of my success was because of Sonia and her help. Before Sonia, I was using another driving school who were cheaper, but incredibly unreliable. They were constantly late, or would cancel my lesson without warning, or just didn’t show up. Trust me when I say you’re better off investing in Sonia. She has never once let me down or changed a lesson without plenty of notice. She’s completely worth the money. She’s incredibly friendly, patient, and calm. Perfect for anxious learners. She explains mistakes clearly, then helps you to correct them. Could not recommend her enough!


Sonia was an absolute pleasure to learn all the necessities of driving with. She was not only super helpful and knowledgeable but she was also extremely kind, reassuring and you can tell how much of a passion Sonia has for safe driving and teaching learners to be the best they can be. I am so grateful to have had Sonia help me and give me very useful tips which I wouldn’t of passed without! Thank you Sonia


As a parent i couldn’t recommend Sonia highly enough as a Driving Instructor for your learner child. She is so very knowledgeable & understanding of both the very nervous parent & the learner driver. And is by your side every step of the way. Her passion shines through her very successful results. My son passed his test first go, and he was a driver who was so very nervous to even get behind the wheel at all in the beginning. Thank you so much Sonia. You are awesome!!!


Absolute super star! Sonia was an amazing instructor who made it easy to learn and was incredibly knowledgable! I would 100% recommend her to any/everyone!!!!!! Her passion shines through her very successful results. My son passed his test first go, and he was a driver who was so very nervous to even get behind the wheel at all in the beginning. Thank you so much Sonia. You are awesome!!!


Sonia is so encouraging and supportive. She never push for buying her class and support individual goal. She wrote me two email listing my weakness and strategy to overcome them. She sent me google image for tricky Canadian roundabout and strategy to go through the roundabout. I give Sonia full credit for my driving license. Her driving school is highly recommended and I consider myself lucky to get a a driving teacher like her.


Sonia is calm, friendly and professional, putting your child at ease as they learn how to drive. The feedback given to us at the completion of each lesson has helped us to know what level he is travelling at which we have found to be extremely helpful. We would highly recommend Sonia.


If you reside on the Gold Coast between Pimpama and Currumbin, Please get in touch to see if I can help with any ‘Learner’ related problems you may be facing. It costs nothing for a chat – and you may even be eligible for the Government Funded FREE Keys2Drive Lesson so that we can meet and go for our first drive together!

Please send a text message to 0403 063 319 with your name and phone number along with best time to call and I will call you back!
Alternatively, send me an email : sonia@learntodrivewithsonia.com.au

I look forward to helping your family ensure that your teenagers will be safer drivers once on their P’s.