Student Comments and Testimonials

Below are some kind words from former students.

(Original testimonials available for viewing on request.)



11 March 2013


Hi Yvonne,


I would like to thank you for teaching me the skills I need to be a safe and confident driver.


Thanks to your knowledge, experience and your patience I was able to pass the driving test first time. I have been with other teachers before and I was not impressed with their methods of teaching. Yvonne helped me with my nerves and gave me confidence.


I’m glad I found Yvonnes Complete Driving School and the privilege to meet Yvonne, a great lady and very professional. Will recommend to anybody who needs an excellent driving teacher and hope she is still teaching when my kids need driving lessons, because definitely she will be the one teaching them.


Thank you again for all the help and the confidence you gave me and all the best in the future.



Bruno Lopes


28 March 2012


Thanks to Yvonne I was able to pass my Driving Test on my first attempt and more importantly develop confidence and safe driving skills that I will carry on into my future.


Yvonne's experienced knowledge and teaching methods are of the highest standard and her friendly and approachable nature always made my driving lessons enjoyable.


I highly recommend Yvonnes Driving School.


Dominic Goh


17 April 2011


I thought I would never be able to drive.... Having passed my driving tests overseas first and 8 years later in Australia with “great results” did not help me to start driving. I was afraid. I had no idea how to control the car; it had its own life! I knew how to pass the test. That’s all I knew.


Having a toddler and not being able to drive around – that was a disaster. That’s why I decided to give it another go and started my internet search for a perfect instructor. I knew it would be better if it was a person who had some experience with students like me, those who needed to overcome their fear and “inability” to drive a car. I was very lucky to find Yvonne, and the testimonials I’ve read on her web-site gave me some hope.


It took me about 3 months and it was completely different from all the lessons I have had before. Yvonne was teaching me using both theory and practice put together. She explained every step, “breaking it into small parts” and it finally occurred to me, how it all worked.


I did not have the paralysing stress, when I was first driving by myself. I actually enjoyed driving.


The only thing I miss now is Yvonne’s company as she is nice and funny and a great person to talk to.


Julia Benediktova


14 October 2010


Dear Yvonne,


Thank you so much for helping me to achieve the goal of becoming a safe and confident driver, please feel free to use my testimony on your website.


When I first met Yvonne, I was a big ball of nervousness and so full of fear about driving. I had my Learner's licence for about 10 years and had tried to learn to drive a manual car with both of my parents and two other driving instructors, but as a nervous person, I really needed emotional support to conquer my fear. My very first experience behind the wheel was with my dad in a manual car, he had tried to get me to do a hill start in reverse! I just couldn't do it and after lots of shouting from my dad and tears in my eyes I just gave up. Each attempt at getting behind the wheel after that resulted in my parents and instructors shouting at me, because I had no confidence in my ability and no driving skills to speak of this made my nerves worse and the goal of being a driver seem like an impossible target. Last year I read a testimony by one of Yvonne's students on this website and I called Yvonne straight away to make my first appointment.


Yvonne is such a caring, thoughtful and lovely person, and her way of teaching is so methodical and logical, after about three lessons I knew with certainty that I was heading in the right direction to overcoming nervousness and my fear of driving. Yvonne took the time to explore what was really happening for me emotionally when I had tried driving in the past, and suggested that I give up learning in a manual for now and try automatic instead. Each week I could feel the change happening inside of me slowly, a confidence and calmness was growing. Yvonne's support, kindness and belief in me was so consistent every week, that made me feel safe, calm and in control to get behind the wheel and drive.


I carefully completed my homework, and as Yvonne showed me slowly step by step each procedure and explained in detail the reasons why driving a car safely is more important than anything else. I began to see myself differently and with that change I came to feel very different about my fears. It wasn't all hard work, having shared many hours of laughter and joy with Yvonne, I know she is the a very talented teacher and is one who genuinely cares about each her students. We even came up with a fantastic business idea together for a book shop/gluten free drive-in cafe (called The Lop-sided Buns) that I hope to one day make a reality.


This week I successfully completed my goal of becoming a safe driver (with a RTA score of 98.13 !) and I know now that I can do anything as long as I have the right attitude. Now when I get in behind the wheel, I love driving and I feel calm and grounded and I trust in my abilities to be a safe driver for the rest of my life. I feel like a new person, one who is willing to meet challenges, not a shivering mess of fear. Life is far to short to worry and be afraid like I had been in the past. Yvonne helped me find and trust in my own inner strength and for that I am so grateful to Yvonne.


Thank you again Yvonne for you amazing support and knowledge and for just being the wonderful lady that you are!!! I have had a silly smile all over my face since Tuesday, and while I know I put in so much hard work to achieve the goal of being a safe driver, I could not have done it without your kindness, patience and consistent positive attitude. I truly believe that you are a gifted teacher and that any student can benefit from your driving school.


If you have finished reading this and are still not convinced that Yvonne's Complete Driving School is right for you, I encourage you to contact Yvonne, right now, because you will be in very safe hands and will also have an opportunity get to know a fabulous person.


Take care and keep well, hope to see you in the very near future :)


Kind Regards,

Alyssa Tighe



Sunday, 19 October 2008 4:37:28 PM


Dear Yvonne,


Please feel free to use the testimonial below on your website:


At 34 years old I passed my driving test over 15 years ago and had hardly driven since the day of my test. Every time I tried to drive I would be gripped by fear – panic in my stomach, sweaty palms and unable to focus or concentrate. During these years I tried various refresher courses – all of which were unsuccessful and just confirmed in my mind I could never be a driver. It was torment getting behind the wheel and I felt like a failure because I couldn’t perform a skill which so many other people seemed to manage so easily.


I came to Yvonne as a last attempt to drive. I had read her website and thought “if this lady can’t help me, then I’ll give up forever”. From the moment we met I realised Yvonne was taking my fear of driving problem seriously. She did not think I was silly, or incompetent, but rather told me she had met and HELPED many other women who have had similar fears. This acceptance was the start of a long road to my driving success, and made me feel Yvonne was “on my side”, and that the car and driving were no longer my enemy.


I spent many weeks just learning how to maneuver the car. In the past teachers had always rushed this bit but this time I learned to control my vehicle EXACTLY in the way I wished. I no longer rushed corners or oversteered or braked too quickly or straddled lanes– events that previously would result in me giving myself a fright. During this time there was “homework” – theoretical understanding of road rules. When I got better at managing the car Yvonne started to introduce me to thinking about the road and other users – observation being the biggest lesson of all!  I quickly realised that Yvonne “masterminded” the whole project and every week I felt I took a small step up on a ladder. I think I was a slow learner – perhaps because there were so many years of negative feelings about driving to undo – but Yvonne’s patience was limitless and her obvious joy when we made progress inspired me to keep going at times when my own enthusiasm was flagging.


I am now a competent, safe and confident driver. In my eyes Yvonne has achieved the impossible! She has said so many times “you have earned your place on the road” and now I really believe it – and know that those feelings of fear can never return now. And Yvonne, I would like to say to you, that you have earned from me a lifetime’s gratitude for giving me a skill which I so badly wanted, you have earned my respect and admiration for being a truly great teacher, and you have earned my friendship for your very personal dedication to helping me.


I would recommend Yvonne’s Driving School to anyone wanting to learn to drive in a safe, methodical and complete way. In my opinion you simply will not find a better teacher out there!


Thank you Yvonne


With best wishes


Vicki Parkin.



Monday, 2 April 2007 8:51:22 AM 

Dear Yvonne,

Firstly I'd like to thank you for teaching me the skills I need to be a safe and confident driver. Thanks to your great knowledge, experience, your patience and your fantastic sense of humour, I was able to feel at ease during all stages of the learning process. 

Secondly, I'd like to address anyone out there reading these testimonials who's thinking about booking a class with Yvonne. I cannot stress how highly I hold Yvonne and her driving school in esteem. Like most Learner drivers I "shopped around" when initially looking for an instructor. I tried a few different schools and overall I was not impressed with their methods of teaching. Some methods were so complex that I felt really overwhelmed and reluctant to get back behind the wheel. Farewell to my confidence!

But then I found Yvonne, and she helped me get through the nerves by teaching me methods that were the best for *me*. This is so important! Just because one method works for one student, it does not mean it will work for the next, and Yvonne was great because she worked with me to find the best way. Other instructors were not so flexible.

I feel very privileged to have been taught by Yvonne, I know I am a safe driver with skills that will stick with me for the rest of my life. 

Thank you,

Michelle "Elle" Vojtisek
Passed first go!


Wednesday, 19 April 2006 8:37:11 AM

Hi Yvonne,

I finally got my act together - please feel free to post this on your website :-) I hope you are well. My neighbour may be calling you for lessons soon! Take care and a big kiss, Tiina :-) !!!!

It takes me a long time to do things and I meant to write this in June last year, which is when I passed my driving test first go at the age of 37 after having lessons from Yvonne. I had intended to get my driving license as soon as I turned 17 but my parents were worried freedom would interfere with my studies. Then somehow for the next twenty years life interfered with any need for me to learn how to drive. Until I had a baby. On maternity leave from work without access to a car the need to learn how to drive became very apparent. I looked up the internet, rang 2 local driving schools, 
spoke to another proprietor and Yvonne, felt comfortable with Yvonne and booked in some lessons. 

Yvonne gave me confidence straight away. I felt comfortable immediately and was very surprised that I drove that first lesson. My second lesson she had me crossing the Harbour Bridge. Essentially what Yvonne imparted to me as a driver were simple and safe steps and procedures that I now follow subconsciously. My paramount concern was that I would be driving our daughter and I needed to be competent and confident on the road to ensure her safety, let alone mine and anyone else sharing the road. 

Yvonne's program is sensible, practical and very well thought out. She epitomises professionalism. Not only that, she is a lovely funny lady and I always looked forward to the conversations that we inevitably had as we drove around Sydney. We still keep in touch and what drove me (pardon the pun) to remind me to write this testimony a year after getting my license is that my next door neighbour saw my P plates on the car and asked where I'd learnt to drive as her son needs a teacher. 

If you are a parent and your teenager is learning to drive - well put it this way - in 15 years time, if Yvonne is still working, I know who I'm sending my daughter to for lessons. If you are a late bloomer like me and feel the double whammy of learning to drive and learning to drive at your age - 'what - you don't have your driving license!' - look no further - you have found the ideal driving school. 

Tiina Sepulveda


Tuesday, 7 February 2006 12:09:57 PM

Dear Yvonne, 

I would like to thank you for your lessons which very much helped me to pass my test. 

You were perfectly suited to a mature-aged female student who has had limited experience on the road, like myself. Most important was the attention you paid to my special needs and to improving my observation skills. I thought also that your stressing of safety issues was of paramount importance. Your patience and sense of humour were instrumental to my enjoyment of my lessons. 

I could not have passed the test without your help all through the past months. Thank you so much for instructing me, and most importantly, teaching me safe driving skills. I looked forward to my lessons and was very happy with each incremental and visible improvement in my driving along the way. The whole experience has given me confidence and awareness on the road. In the coming months, I am sure I will be driving my two babies around and I hope to see you around. 

I will definitely recommend you to my friends.

Keep in touch and look me up when you are able. 

Take care and take it easy. 

All the best
Sarah Lee


Wednesday, 25 May 2005 3:43:03 PM 

Hi Yvonne 

Just wanted to say "thank you" so much for your teaching. it has been great to learn how to drive with you, you made it fun, and relaxing, so I enjoyed my driving as a result. Instead of just getting me to drive around the block 10 times, do a couple or reverse parks, hill starts and 3 point turns, you turned it into an experience. You helped me in experiencing Sydney city driving, and experiencing lots of different situations that made me a safer driver, not just one who panics when something happens that I don't expect. I am quite please that I passed 1st go, and it was only because of your teaching. 

A lot of other schools just do the "around the block" teaching. I really feel that they don't really teach much except for the basics of how to handle the car. You were able to teach much more than that - observation (my biggest struggle), and safe driving. Anticipating that anything may happen. And not assuming - other drivers can, and will, do anything that is not safe, so we have to balance that out by being safe ourselves! It is also fantastic to be taught by a female, not only did you let me make mistakes and explain why they were wrong, you also were not aggressive in the way you taught. 

Am looking forward to buying myself a little car to drive around in, now's the time for freedom! 

Thanks again. 
Helen Nicholson 

PS - I am happy for you to put this on the website!! 


Tuesday, 22 February 2005 6:52:49 PM 

Dear Yvonne 

Thank you so much for helping me to get my license on the first go, I never thought I would enjoy driving as much as I learned to under your instruction. Right from the very first lesson, you made driving seem like the most natural thing in the world and I didn't feel the slightest bit stressed - quite unnatural for me! 

I tried several different instructors before I chose you, but after I'd tried all of them it was clear that you were the best one. The other instructors just sat next to me and made me endlessly repeat the same manoeuvres again and again until I got them right. You stopped and explained what I was doing wrong, why it was wrong and how to improve - meaning I learned how to drive well much faster! Not only did I learn how to pass the test, but I learned how to be a safe driver and avoid accidents with unsafe drivers on the road - a skill which unfortunately not many other instructors I've come across appear to value. 

I looked forward to our lessons every week and will miss your humour and entertaining observations. It was wonderful having you teach me to drive - I felt like I had my own personal Yoda beside me once a week, imparting driving wisdom in a thorough and memorable way. 

Hope to see you on the road shortly - I was test driving cars two days after I got my Ps so it shouldn't be long now! 

All the best 

Gillian Tang 


Sunday, 2 January 2005 10:23:27 AM 

Hi Yvonne 

I hope you had a great XMAS and all the best for 2005 !!! 

Thanks again for helping me achieve my goal of getting my licence. 

Pls use feedback below for your website. 

As a mature aged learner at 29 I was just not concerned about passing the test but picking up all the right driving habits and practices to be a safe driver for the rest of my life. 

I had driver lessons in the past when I was 17 and failed the test two times and did not drive again until I contact Yvonnes driving school at 29. Yvonne makes you feel very comfortable while learning at the same time which was very important to me as I was quite nervous of driving. 

Other advantages of this driving school would be 
- Lesson Theory and homework early on in the lessons. 
- Practical lessons on how a car operates and should be maintained 
-Driving around the RTA test courses in a test environment that get's you familiar with the process so you are less nervous on the big day. 

Thanks again Yvonne 
Daniel Stewart 


Monday, 1 November 2004 12:11:50 PM

Dear Yvonne, 

A THANK YOU cannot express my whole appreciation to you. When I received the small gift from you, I really felt the honour to be one of your 'First Go'students

You ever asked me 'Why choose my driving school, not others?' I think it's the time to answer your question now: 
- The passion from you when you teach the driving. You enjoy the driving yourself. It really lights up our driving courses. 
- You teach not only the driving skill, but also how to be a safe driver. 

As a woman, as a working woman, as a working woman with a child, as a new immigrant to Australia, as an overseas driving license transfer to NSW license, life ever was so hard for me. Sometimes I even cannot breathe under the burden and the pressure. The weekly driving course became one of the things I could enjoy during the past several months. I got my full license after the first go; I turned to a happy mom now. I built up the confidence, and the independence inside myself. This is the most valuable achievement I reached with your help. This is what I learned from another confident and independent woman, that woman is you -- Yvonne. 

Thank you, 
Leslie Li 


Tuesday, 29 June 2004 6:32:36 AM 

Dear Yvonne, 

Yvonnes Driving School made me into a confident, safe driver. Yvonne, your calm, patient and understanding personality was an amazing help through both the learning and (the long awaited) testing period. You knew exactly when I was ready to take on new challenges, and most importantly, when I was ready to get my P's. I passed first go, thanks to you! 
I now feel confident in my own ability to drive and handle myself responsibly in many situations that may arise on the road.

You are one of the best teachers I've had for any area in life and you also turned out to be a wonderful friend. You're so dedicated in what you do and your love for your work really shines when you teach. Thanks for your support and your faith in my ability! 
All the best in the future and don't work yourself too hard =) 

With love from Vineetha Menon ("the boss") 


Monday, 8 December 2003 4:17:33 AM 

Dear Yvonne, 

I still can't believe it! I passed my exam on the first go! What a big step in my life. You did not only make the classes light and non stressful but your passion for your work really came through while doing my driving classes with you. And I surely appreciated seeing that. You had structure in your classes which a lot of other schools lack. "Yep just driving around the block" (some of the other schools do) and by the end of the lesson your in the same spot as you began. But you had structure and an actually course outline too. 

Ok Thanks again 

All the best 

Paula Garrido 


Fri, 24 Oct 2003 05:34:38 +0000 

Hi Yvonne, 

Thanks so much for helping me gain my driver's license. Your patience and encouragement has not only been comforting but has also helped me to believe in myself, especially in my abilities to be a good and safe driver. Looking back to 6 months ago when I first settled behind the wheels of your car, it seems like just yesterday when I knew absolutely nothing about driving. Now, 6 months on, I've not only gotten my license, but I've also gained confidence, skills and knowledge which could only stem from having a great and competent instructor like you. It has been great fun having an instructor like you! Thanks once again and I wish you the very best for the future! Take care! 

Yours truly, 
Karen Yap 


Mon, 16 Dec 2002 14:11:22 +1100 

Hi Yvonne, 

I'm just writing to say thank you so much for helping me to gain my driver's license in November! A whole new world of freedom and independence has opened up for me. Before I had lessons with you I thought I knew everything there was to know about driving; I was a bit of a smart-alec you could say. Now I can see how much important stuff you taught me. The patience, thorough training and pep talks you supplied are greatly appreciated. It would be great if you had a testimonial section on your website to post this on, (so make one!) as you deserve more recognition for your driver training skills. 

Thanks Yvonne and good luck in the future! 

Kim Moroney


Tue, 7 Oct 2003 16:26:35 +1100 

Hi Yvonne, 

I would like to thank you for all your understanding and patience in helping me master driving a manual. After many years of driving an automatic, there were many bad habits that had to be kicked and new procedures to learn. You took it all in your stride, taking all care to explain why and how something had to be done.
I am now driving a manual confidently without worrying about rolling back when performing a hill start. 

Thanks you Yvonne! 

Serena Cheong 


Wed, 31 Jul 2002 15:37:18 +1000 

Dear Yvonne, 

Thank you so much for all your fantastic support, without you I don't think I would have ever obtained my licence. 

I have now had my Ps for just over a month and to be honest I feel like a new person!! I have so much more independence now because I don't need to rely on anyone else to get around. I also seem to have so much more confidence now......and not just with my driving, but in every aspect of my life!! 

I had been putting off driving for ten years because I always felt so nervous, but you always managed to put me at ease with your kind words and unlimited patience .........something which most driving teachers lack. I know that because I have been taught properly that I am a safe driver and am already better than many other drivers on the road. 

Thank you again. 

Isabelle Quartly 



Dear Yvonne, 

Thank you very much indeed for helping me to drive in a straight line, and also to turn corners, and jump over fences. 

You have been a great instructor, and will try my best to remember everything you taught me, each time I drive. 

I feel a lot safer and calmer and more in control than I did before. 

The best of luck to you, and I hope business and HOLIDAYS are really good. 

Lots of regard, 

Paul "Normal" Baker


Dear Yvonne, 

Thank you so much for all the effort, patience & understanding you showed in teaching me to drive. It has paid off as I am mobile now & can take my son Pasthiv for swimming, to the park or even go shopping. I try and remember all the rules you’ve taught me so I can become a better driver. 

Wish you & your family a very happy & prosperous New Year. May God be with you always. 

Lots of love, 

Priya Subbu


Dear Yvonne, 

Cute card, huh? 

Hope you are well. Thank you so much for all your help, patience & jokes – it made learning how to drive a lot of fun. 

Hope all your other students are looking after you. 

Give my best to your family & drive safely! 

Thanks again, 

Love Kim L. 


Dear Yvonne, 

I’d just like to say “Thank you”. 

It was a great relief to be able to pass my test first go! 

Thank you very much for your help and “little tips” on how to drive! 

Love from, 

Michelle H. 


Dear Yvonne, 

Thank you for your time and patience in teaching me to drive. 

I hope that you had a lovely holiday. 


Michelle Chang. 

P.S. Happy Moon Festival!! 


Jan 1997 

To Dear Yvonne, 

Just a little note to THANK YOU for your expertise, patience and excellent skill in teaching me to be an expert P’s driver! (We hope!!) 

I am sure that with all your teaching I will be a competent driver. 

THANK YOU very much for your faith in me! 

Just one word of advice – “MIRROR, SHOULDER” – always! 

Watch out for all those crazy drivers! 

Thank you again – Nicla Depergola.


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