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  • Driving Instructor's Licence
  • Instructed for 30.5 years
  • Spoken language(s) English French Portuguese Spanish
Instructor bio

I have been a driving instructor since 1989. When I first started, I was working for one of the largest driving schools in Sydney. Whilst I was there, I was award "Best Driving Instructor" of the year. I take great pride in this achievement as it reinforces what I already know - I love my job. In 2004, I decided to take the path of running my own independent driving school, and I haven't looked back. During my lessons, I like to focus on safety. The safety of you as the driver, your passengers, other drivers and all road users. It's important to understand that a car is not only a mode of transport to get from A to B, it can become very dangerous and deadly if used incorrectly. We focus on understanding the different tools and techniques available to be as safe as possible. I really enjoy my work, I love getting to know each of my students on a personal level which I believe makes the lessons more enjoyable. I do my best to create a warm, friendly learning environment to help get the best from each lesson. An interesting fact about me is that I have studied tapping therapy, known as Quijon, as well as hypnotherapy. Where appropriate and with the learners permission, I am able to use these skills to help students cope with any stress, anxiety or trauma relating to driving. As a side note, I am also a mother an a wife.

Reviews

Bel is a very knowledgeable and kind driver. I have had 2 precious instructors who did not put in as much effort or strive to actually teach me to be a better driver. I know that Bel wants me to succeed and she wants me to pass my test. She encourages 2 hour lessons and I understand why, the amount I have learned in just 4 hours with Bel is more than I learned in over 30 hours with a previous instructor. You must drive with Bel, if you want to become a safe and confident driver.

Georgia

It is rare to find someone who takes pride in their job; someone who is patient, relaxed and reassuring in the face of great pressure and stress or even someone who is a cautious, caring human being. It is even rarer to find someone who exhibits all of these qualities; but through my lessons with Belgica, I have found such a person. It is one thing for a driving instructor to tell you all you need to know about safety on the road and give you tips and tricks to pass the driving test but it's another thing for them to care for your safety and wellbeing in the process. The level in which she is involved and committed to her work is only matched by her expertise and knowledge and the calibre of her work is unparalleled. Her reassuring tone and patience has not only allowed me to conquer my fear of driving but have also made me look forward to my lessons with her. After a few lessons with Belgica, driving will not be stressful for you, it won't be a chore rather it will b e comforting, relaxing thing; perhaps even a pleasant way to spend your afternoon. The adventures and talks I have had in her car are memorable and I'm very glad to know her as a person as well as a driving instructor. Please, don't dismiss my praise if you think it is grandiose or overly exuberant but it is truly what I feel. If you don't believe me, have a lesson with her, find out for yourself. She is one of the best, if not the best teacher I have eve had.


Belgica is the Brilliant ! Some driving instructors help you pass the test. Belgica not only helped our son pass the test but more importantly, to be a safe driver long after the test was finished. This is because unlike other driving instructors Belgica really actually cares passionately about her pupils well being. This quality sets her apart from the rest as she also instils a degree of conservative confidence in her pupils. Belgica’s natural patients, experience, professionalism and compassion is at the top of her field. If your looking for the right instructor for yourself or you family members to trust for a lifetime on busy Sydney roads you should absolutely place Belgica at the top of your list. We promise you will not be disappointed. Thank You Belgica for always being 100% punctual, constructive, approachable, forgiving, courageous reassuring, knowledgeable, flexible, informative and engaging with the both of us and our son. We have recommended you to all our friends and will continue to do so into the future. Keep well.

Angela & Michael

Delaying learning to drive until age 34, your first child on the way, isn’t what I’d generally recommend. But that’s the position I found myself in when I called Belgica and anxiously booked my first lesson. Thankfully from our very first encounter, it was clear that I couldn’t have been in better hands. Mine may have been shaking on the wheel at first, but Belgica’s warmth, clarity and patience allowed me to let the nerves go, and my confidence as a driver to grow. From every aspect of manoeuvring and positioning, to the vital importance of constant observation and anticipation, Belgica’s attention to detail was never less than impeccable. Explaining the theory behind every decision and action made in the car, she ensured that I wasn’t just equipped to know how, but why. Practising driving in new locations each session grew me accustomed to many different scenarios – as well as some very picturesque places – and when during one particular night lesson I managed to successfully handle a torrential downpour and lightning storm, I truly appreciated how far I’d come. Belgica transformed me from someone who viewed driving with panic, to someone who now sees it as a pleasure. That pleasure certainly included getting to know Belgica personally; as interesting as she is hilarious, she’s a delight to be taught by, clearly cares about her students and is committed to making them not just good drivers for test day, but for life. I’m happy to say I passed my own test on the first attempt, and seeing the smile on Belgica’s face when I received the news only confirmed what it meant to her as well. It may have taken me longer than most to reach the destination, but Belgica made the journey to getting my driver’s license a safe, fun and memorable one. I’ll always be grateful to her for that, and endeavour to do her proud whenever I’m on the road…which means never taking anything for granted, and my former automotive Achilles’ heel, remembering to check my right-shoulder blind spot!

Tristan Burke

I just have good things to talk about Belgica. She's been an excellent instructor, and a significant support. I was very anxious and nervous to learn how to drive, but thanks to Belgica, I overcame my anxiety. Also, compared with other instructors, I can tell the difference. Belgica uses a methodology that simplifies and makes it easier to drive.

Marcela
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Mazda 3 2014
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