Driving Instructors at Streetwise Driver Training Gold Coast and Brisbane

Streetwise Driver Training Gold Coast driving instructors are qualified to the highest levels. We are parents ourselves and truly understand that the safety of your learner driver is paramount.

Streetwise Driver Training ensure our knowledge of road traffic law is always up-to-date, in order to provide you with the most current and accurate information. We are PASSIONATE about road safety and this translates through in every lesson we teach.  We believe in value for money, ensuring you leave the lesson feeling engaged and excited and ready to go and practice your newly attained skills at home.  We encourage both in car and out of car practice, research and homework where this will benefit you.  We also provide drawings, diagrams, lists or any other information that makes your learning journey easier.

Streetwise has trialled and tested our methods for teaching the most technical manoeuvres to guarantee precision every time. We are pleased to be able to offer you both, male and female driving instructors. Streetwise are also proud of inform parents, future students and current, that we have taught students with a wide range of anxiety and learning disorders (read more below!). Lastly, we pride ourselves on maintaining our 99% FIRST TIME driving test pass rate!!

MEET THE TEAM

Brooke Calcagno

Brooke is the “passion and powerhouse” behind Streetwise Driver Training.  Brooke started the Gold Coast driving school 7 years ago with husband Alfie, after many years in corporate training. Brooke has a passion for road safety and wants to make a fundamental difference.

Brooke has the National Accreditation Certificate IV Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Driver Instruction) for cars is an Accredited Driver Trainer by Queensland Transport, she also holds the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, along with and Statement of Attainment TLIC3036A Apply Safe Drive Behaviours and RIIVEH305D Operate and Maintain 4WD Vehicles. Brooke also holds a BlueCard for working with young people and is passionate about continuous personal improvement.

Brooke specialises in Special Needs Training and teaches a lot of our students with that have high anxiety, panic attacks, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, Depression, Processing Disorders, Autism, Bi-polar and Schizophrenia, often saying “whether diagnosed or not, everyone has a unique order to learning, our job is to tap into the best way to teach each individual”

Alfonso Calcagno

Affectionately known to the team as “Alfie”, Alfonso has a passion for driving and riding his motorbike.

Alfonso has been a driving instructor on the Gold Coast for 6 years and holds the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Driving Instruction) and is an Accredited Driving Instructor with Queensland Transport, he also holds TLIC3036A – Apply Safe Car Driving Behaviours and RIIVEH305D Operate and Maintain 4WD Vehicles and holds the BlueCard for working with younger people.

Alfonso is committed to good driving etiquette after years of working “on the road” and seeing the crazy things that other drivers attempt!  He understands the anxieties when first learning to drive and wants to make a difference!

Alfonso believes that by adding a little humour and adventure into his teaching methods, students do relax and enjoy the process of learning so much more.

Roxanne McKeon

Roxanne has taught learner drivers along with defensive and advanced driver training courses over a number of years and has a real passion and insight for road safety. Roxanne truly believes “it’s not just about getting your licence, there’s so much more to know and understand about safe driving habits”.

Roxanne has the National Accreditation Certificate IV Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Driver Instruction) for cars and is an Accredited Driver Trainer with Queensland Transport. She also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  Roxanne spent 11 years as a psychiatric nurse and truly understands the mental disorders and anxieties that people need to manage and can bring compassion and understanding into each driving lesson.

Roxanne grew up on a property in the country, so has driven all manner of cars, tractors, trucks, utes, motorbikes from an early age and has a real appreciation for how to safely operate a vehicle.

John McKeon

John has the National Accreditation Certificate IV Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Driver Training) for cars, trucks and motorbikes. He is also an Accredited Driver Training with Queensland Transport.  He holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment which means he is qualified to teach up to TAFE level.

John is an experienced advanced racing driving instructor and also Accredited TLIC2025A – Operate 4WD vehicles and Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction)

John has a real passion for anything on wheels; he has over 40 years driving experience in a huge range of vehicles. John has successfully raced cars and motorbikes over the years.

John is a life member of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland and the Police Citizens Youth Club of Queensland.

Brad Paull

Brad Paull has a Certificate 4 in Transport and Logistics, MR and LR Licences. He has completed Defensive driving, 4×4 and 6×6 Courses and has been a Critical Incident Stress Management advisor, so is cool, calm and collected in any situation!

His career in various industries, prior to being a Driving Instructor, has moulded his teaching philosophy and he excels in the training of others in how to perform to a high standard in all stressful situations. He approaches each student with the understanding that that everyone learns and understands things differently and at their own pace.

Brad decided to become a Driving Instructor because having spent a lot of time driving on Australian roads and overseas, he had seen too many accidents and near misses. He felt that becoming an Instructor and helping Learner Drivers develop safe driving behaviours from the very beginning will make a difference to their driving habits long term and potentially save lives.

Brad loves to surf and is relaxed and very easy going, he has a great sense of humor, feels he’s much funnier than John and a far better drawer than Brooke!

Lee

Lee has been a fully accredited driving instructor for over seven years, with a Certificate IV in Transport & Logistics – Road Transport Car Driving Instruction, and also holds a Blue Card for working with children and young people. Lee enjoys working in a socially diverse environment, helping people achieve their goal for freedom and independence, enabling them to chase their own dreams, she believes you’re never too old to follow a dream and attained her motorbike licence.

With a commitment to delivering quality instruction and instilling safe driving behaviours, Lee has an easy going and relaxed approach from years of working in customer service, helping people from diverse backgrounds.

Alan Dorsey

Alan is a Trainer Assessor with more than 40 years’ experience. He has worked in a range of industries including the military and mining sectors, where he is qualified to RII standard. He has trained excavators, dozer and 350 Ton off-road dump truck operators; as well as heavy combination truck drivers. He is also qualified Cert IV Transport and Logistics (Driver Instruction for cars), and Cert IV Workplace Health and Safety.

While he loves teaching, Alans passion is safety; not only in the workplace but as a philosophy for life. He understands the concerns parents have when their children start to learn to drive, and how important it is for them to know their kids are being taught to always concentrate on safety. He is a defensive driver himself, and trains his students to think and act defensively at all times; after all, passing the test is only the beginning of a long and steep learning curve.

In particular Alan understands that individuals often have different learning requirements, levels of confidence perhaps even different levels of anxiety; and he adapts his teaching to suit the needs of the individual.

Brooke believes in quality and raising the standards of teaching, often saying “there are too many instructors out there that do little to further driving education, nor have any knowledge of international safe driving standards”

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OUR DRIVING INSTRUCTORS HAVE

  • Cert IV in Motor Vehicle Driving Instruction.
  • Full accreditation by Queensland Transport and Main Roads.
  • Blue cards enabling us to work with young students.
  • Comprehensive insurance on all our vehicles.
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment – we are teachers of teachers!
  • We are a Registered Training Organisation Partner teaching Four Wheel Drive, Driving Instructor Accreditation and many other nationally accredited courses.

WE TEACH 7 DAYS PER WEEK AND OFFER NIGHT DRIVES FOR LEARNERS NEEDING TO GET NIGHT HOURS INTO THEIR LOGBOOKS!

WE ALSO CONDUCT PRACTICE TEST THAT ADHERE TO THE QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT P PLATE DRIVING TEST MARKING SHEET TO HAVE YOU READY FOR YOUR TEST!

OUR TEST PASS RATE IS 99%

Most of all, our Instructors at Streetwise Driver Training are all PASSIONATE about road safety! 
Our specialised driving instructors are also well versed in teaching special needs students with a range of learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Anxiety Disorders, Austism and Schizophrenia. We have that understanding that people may suffer from a range of learning disorders. We have years of experience in teaching appropriate methods for students who may need more care in learning to drive who suffer with any of these disorders. We can tailor learning plans specific to each person’s unique way of learning. Simply call us for any further details!

Our world class driver training encompasses the following major competencies:

  1. Road Rules Knowledge: The most important of all the driving skills. You would not be considered good at sport if you didn’t know the rules. To be a good driver you need to know the rules. It’s difficult to perceive what might go wrong if you don’t know what is supposed to happen in the first place.
  2. Vehicle Operational Skills – These basic functional skills teach you how to take off, indicate, change gears, do a hill start, park the car, etc. Teaching muscle memory reflexes will ensure driving becomes a safe habit, we will show you how.
  3. Hazard perception/Identification Skills: Skills to help us identify or perceive the risks around us. Our proactive curriculum teaches drivers to take a worst case scenario and factor it in. By the time of being a P Plate driver you should be looking 100 metres in all directions, we will teach you the skills to do this.
  4. Crash prevention skills: E.g. when following other traffic, a proactive driver will slow down immediately if they see the risk up ahead. They won’t wait for the car in front to slow down first. We teach to pre-emptive driving strategies for all driving conditions.  This includes safe travelling and stopping distances.
  5. Attitude Development: Driving a vehicle solo is an incredibly responsible task, taking into account your passengers, other road users, and your own well being. You are accountable and must take the act of driving seriously. Too many drivers on the road like to blame ‘others’, we teach you how to be a fully accountable driver. The ‘third person’ effect suggests that psychologically drivers consider its always ‘the other’ person in the wrong or that the danger will occur for, we teach you how to see the reality of all situations and take ownership for your driving choices.