Meet our Drivers & Operations Manager



Gary is the original instructor and owner of First Gear School of Driving – he excels at manual driving lessons and has one of the highest students pass rates on the Gold Coast. Gary has assisted more than 160+ students gain their independence and pass their provisional drivers test. Gary’s services the Beenleigh and Logan Qld Transport Departments.

Alberton | Bahrs Scrub | Beenleigh | Eagleby | Edens Landing | Kingshome | Mount Warren Park | Norwell | Ormeau | Ormeau Hills | Pimpama | Stapylton | Willow Vale | Yatala



Gold Coast Central/North  |   AUTOMATIC MAZDA 2

Kay was mentored by our owner Gary Taylor so their instructing styles are very similar. Kays students describe her lessons as a energetic fun experience giving Kay has a 5 STAR rating from both her students and parents. Due to Kays bubbly personality and ability to make any lesson not only educational but also fun she is the perfect instructor for any student who is extremely nervous, had a bad driving experience or is hesitant to get behind the wheel.

Kay services the Beenleigh and Helensvale Qld Transport Departments.

Beenleigh | Coomera | Gaven | Helensvale | Highland Reserve | Maudsland | Ormeau | Ormeau Hills | Pacific pines | Pimpama | Upper Coomera | Willow Vale | Yatala



Gold Coast Central/South  |   AUTOMATIC HOLDEN ASTRA SEDAN

Yvonne is another one of our lovely automatic instructors with First Gear School of Driving. Yvonne is a mother to two teenage boys and understands how important it is getting your P’s and independence. She is down to earth, friendly and extremely patient. Yvonne has a passion for teaching and mentoring, but more importantly would like to provide you with not just driving lessons, but what it means to be an excellent, careful driver and road user.

Yvonne drives a Holden Astra Sedan which will provide you with lessons to be able to confidently operate any size vehicle. Your lessons will also be in line with your personal needs and development. Yvonne is reliable and committed to providing you with mentoring, guidance and safe lessons. First Gear has had nothing but positive feed back from all students/parents who have had the pleasure of being taught by Yvonne.

Yvonne services Beenleigh/Helensvale/Southport Qld Department of Transport Test Centres

Arundel | Biggera Waters | Coomera | Gaven | Guanaba | Helensvale | Highland Reserve | Hope Island | Jacobs Well | Maudsland | Molendinar | Pacific pines | Paradise Point | Parkwood | Pimpama | Sanctuary Cove | Southport | Upper Coomera | Willow Vale



Gold Coast Central/North  |   AUTOMATIC SUZIKI SWIFT

Kevin is a Frist Gear automatic instructor located in Ormeau. Kevin is our after hours and weekend instructor available 5pm-8pm Monday – Thursday and most weekends from 8am. Kevin has been a part of the First Gear team for over 2 years and has helped a large number of our students complete their 10 night driving hours.
Kevin services Gold Coast Central/North. As Kevin is our after hours instructor he is not available for test bookings.

Alberton | Bahrs Scrub | Beenleigh | Eagleby | Edens Landing | Jacobs Well |   Kingshome | Mount Warren Park | Norwell | Ormeau | Ormeau Hills | Pimpama | Stapylton | Willow Vale | Yatala



Gold Coast Central  | MAIN OFFICE

Gemma is our operations manager at First Gear, she is located in our head office and is always available via email, text and phone to assist you with all of your queries.

Gemma has spent the last 15 years in customer service, bookings, accounts and sales. She prides herself in always offering the best customer service and making sure you end the conversation with a smile on your face.

To discuss and order yours please email or phone Gemma on 0416 421 433

About First Gear School of Driving

First Gear School of Driving is a business established in early 2017, headed on the road by Driving Instructors Gary, Kay, Yvonne, Kevin and Tess and in the office by Gemma. After a long career in the Maintenance industry Gary decided to begin a new career journey by merging his love for teaching, enjoyment of driving and passion for road safety, to establish his own driving school, First Gear School of Driving. All our instructors bring a huge amount of motivation and enthusiasm to the teaching arena, using the latest tools and techniques, allied to their professionalism gained from previous managerial and public service positions, enables the students to relax, learn in a comfortable environment and enjoy the freedom of being on the road. They have attained the Cert IV in Transport & Logistics – Driving Tuition, and all hold the Blue Card from the QLD Government, Working with Children Commission. At the start of 2020 Yvonne attained the Australian Government “Keys 2 Drive” accreditation, and is now listed as an approved instructor to deliver this important and specialised lesson, which is free to eligible students. Please view the “Keys 2 Drive” website for more details on how to register for the free lesson. Kay, Yvonne, Kevin and Tess bring a wealth of experience and skill from several years in the driver training industry, sharing First Gear’s focus on safety with a passion to ensure our learners are equipped with the best road skills possible.

Every First Gear instructor meets with a student and tailors the lesson plan to not only suit the learner drivers experience but also their personality and learning style. When booking with Gemma you will be asked a multitude of questions to match you with your best suited First Gear driving instructor.