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First Route Driving School Ltd

Kingston’s premier Driver Training  school. With 15 plus years of experience in Kingston and the surrounding area, our team looks forward to delivering either our MTO approved BDE course, private lessons, or road test packages!

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BDE Course Package

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BDE Course Schedule

Belleville In-Class Dates:

Classes located inside the Pioneer Building of Loyalist College. Classes run from 9am-2:30 pm daily with a 30-minute lunch break (lunch not provided).

June 8,9 and 15,16

July 8-11

July 22-25

Cornwall In-Class Dates:

Classes located inside the Cornwall Legion (415 Second St W, Cornwall, ON K6J 1H1). Classes run from 9am-2:30 pm daily with a 30-minute lunch break (lunch not provided).

June 8,9 and 15,16

July 15-18

Kingston In-Class Dates:

Classes located at 1128 Clyde Court. Classes run from 9am-2:30 pm daily with a 30-minute lunch break (lunch not provided).

June 8,9 and 15,16

July 8-11

July 22-25

August 12-16

September 14,15 and 21,22

Windsor In-Class Dates:

Classes are located at 12021 McNorton Street (Tecumseh Arena). Classes run from 9am-2:30 pm with a 30-minute lunch break each day (lunch not provided).

May 11-12, 18-19-CLOSED

Classes are located at 1825 Grand Marais Rd W, Windsor, ON N9E 1E9 (Glenwood United Church). Classes run from 9am-2:30 pm with a 30-minute lunch break each day (lunch not provided).

June 15-16, 22-23

Classes are located at 13731 St. Gregory's Rd, Tecumseh, ON, N8N 1K3 (St. Clair Community Centre). Classes run from 9am-2:30 pm with a 30-minute lunch break each day (lunch not provided).

July 13,14 and 20,21

Kingston Classroom

Please note that our classroom is only open during scheduled in-class course dates and times.


What We Can Do For You

First Route Driving School offers our MTO Approved BDE Courses including a minimum of 10 hours of in-car instruction.

We also offer private 1-on-1 lessons to anyone looking to brush up on their driving skills, prepare for a road test, or gain confidence behind the wheel.

MTO Approved BDE Course

20 Hours Online Self-Paced Instruction OR 20 Hours In-Person Classroom Instruction

10 Hours of Homework

10 Hours of 1-on-1 In-Car Instruction

Private Lessons

Private 1-on-1 In-Car Lessons

Road Test Packages (Warm Up Lesson and Use of Car for Road Test)


Don’t Settle For Less

Learn From the Experts with Over 15 Years Experience!

Our instructors are all carefully chosen and trained to the highest standards. Our instructors have experience with students of all ages and abilities. Take advantage of our professional and supportive instruction!

Jim Bencze

Jim has been an instructor with First Route Driving School since November of 2021.

With a lifetime of experience in the transportation industry including driving trucks, motorcycles and buses, Jim has a strong background in safe driving.

Relying on his experience as a trainer for new bus drivers, Jim is excited to work with students to show them the safe and rewarding habits of a safe driver.

Jim Pain

Jim joined the First Route Driving School team in 2020 and has worked for us in Kingston and Sydenham since then.

“I’m Jim Pain, and I joined First Route driving school in November 2020, after years in the hospitality industry.

I love this job, as I meet students with a range of driving skills along with life experience.  It can be interesting for sure and I get to encourage safe driving skills that students will use all their life. My goal is to build confidence as well as good road sense.

Driving should be fun, as well as safe!

Please bring  a story or two, because I will, and I look forward to driving with you.”

Tony Di Vito

Tony joined our team in 2021 and is working in Kingston.

Tony goes the extra mile for his students to make sure each driver is well trained and confident.                                                                        

Steve Margison

Steve has been an instructor with First Route Driving School since 2012, teaching in Sydenham and now Kingston.

Steve has a strong background as a Driving instructor including owning a driving school previously. His calm approach and years of experience make him a highly desired instructor!

Stephen Brennan

Steve has been working with our team since 2021. 

A long history of driving as well as being an in-class and in-car instructor make Steve an experienced instructor. Working in Napanee, Steve has a high pass rate for G2 tests, and a variety of instructional techniques to suit every student!

Richard Liu

Richard has been a Driving Instructor with First Route Driving School since 2015. 

Focusing on refresher lessons for new and experienced students, Richard has a strong background in teaching and tons of experience!

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Salman is an excellent instructor with his tips and tricks, I passed my G license test for the first time.
Salman was able to help my 87 year old mother pass her driving test which included highway driving. He was patient, gave her simple instructions and things for her to focus on. Really grateful for the care and thoughtfulness taken to support her.
Salmon is a great instructor, very detailed and efficient. He is highly recommended, he made driving easy and enjoyable. Thank you Salman, I passed my G test without any hiccups, you are the best!!!!
I had a great experience with First Route. The receptionist was very helpful and kind while explaining the booking process. I booked one of the G test packages which included a one hour lesson before my G test, as well and the use of the instructors vehicle for the test itself. My instructor Salman was very helpful and made sure I knew what to expect during my road test.
Salman was very helpful with my driving and helped boost my confidence with driving
I have had 2 teens go through First Route and am very impressed with the driving school, its administration and especially the in car driving instructions. Kudos to Salman and his lessons with my daughter. Passed G on the first try!!
This course was extraordinarily helpful. The knowledge went beyond common sense, and learning these things really made me a better, more comfortable and confident driver. I’m very grateful to have taken this course. I especially enjoyed my in car driving lessons with my instructor. He was very knowledgeable and calm, and definitely brought out the best in my driving abilities.
I'm a tad older than most people who typically sign up for driving school, and still as nervous. I did online schooling at my own pace because I have a full time job and family, the online course was great, easy to understand and broken into small segments. After my classroom time was completed I got to have my driving lessons and I had the most wonderful person for my instructor! Jayde was confident, engaging, she was informative and made you feel comfortable. I really appreciated all of her feed back and help, her clear and calm instructions made sure I was successful in learning to be a safe driver and passing my course. Thanks so much Jayde, you're a wonderful teacher!
Salman from first route driving school was my instructor and he was great! Helped me prepare thoroughly for the test!!
I highly recommend Salman for private lessons at this school.His method of teaching is clear and concise, and you can text him with questions in between lessons. He's friendly, focused, and can easily help you relax before your exam.I passed on my first try. Thank you!
I am glad to take course from the first route driving school and my driving class with Salman sir, he is very nice nature & a great mentor. Sir is very knowledgable & helped me to understand things calmly.Overall, it was a great experience!
Very pleased with the staff at the Kingston location. My son had a great experience. Steve B his driving instructor was great! Thanks!
Very good experience, very thorough very professional, making corrections on my mistakes easy to understand.
Great experience, I did my lessons with Steve, he is very knowledgable & great to have in the passenger seat as you learn.Before my g2 test i did an hour lesson with Salman Akber, he was also very knowledgable & helped me to understand things i was confused by originally.All around great instructors !
Great learning experience and always nice. My instructor Salman was very helpful and told me every mistake and what I can do to help or prevent it.
I highly recommend this company. My son has had the best experience. They were very flexible in accommodating the driving sessions around my son’s busy schedule. His instructor, Lee, was very patient, understanding and thorough which allowed my son to feel more comfortable and confident behind the wheel. We are very pleased that we decided to go with First Route Driving School.
This drivers ED school is great, I've had nothing bud a good experience, very nice people
Salman was a great instructor!! and i passed my g2😊
Under the guidance of Salman Akber, my G-Class driving experience exceeded expectations. Salman's expertise, personalized approach, and unwavering commitment to safety made the learning process both efficient and enjoyable. Tailored lessons boosted my confidence, covering practical skills and theoretical insights. I highly recommend Salman Akber for exceptional G-Class trainin
I just passed my g2 with the help of Salman. He's very patient and attentive to detail. definitely recommend!
Salam was a great instructor and got me up to speed for me G road test in 4 classes. The pricing of first route is also very competitive. I had not driven in over a year and could not have done it without his help.
I just passed my test on the first try thanks to my instructor Salman, he was incredibly helpful! He was extremely calm and patient and gave me helpful feedback that built up my confidence. He covered everything I needed to know for the test. I would definitely recommend First Route and Salman to anyone, it was a great experience for me!
I recommend brother Salman. He is an amazing instructor. I did couple of classes with him before my G test and passed toady. He is always on point and will teach you everything you need to pass road test. Highly recommend Salman if you are looking for good instructor.
Salman was an amazing teacher
Salman is a fantastic driving instructor. He is direct and clear with you. Points out your mistake but is super patient with students.
the best in Kingston. highly recommend for G/G2 practice. My instructor was Salman Who was amazing instructor taught me everything I needed to know to pass my test on the first try Super patient and friendly.
Mr.Salman is a nice instructor with a valuable knowledge and skills.
Salman was an excellent driving instructor, very calm and very good at explaining I wouldn’t have passed without him. Definitely recommend
I firstly sent an e-mail to the school asking for a couple of lessons 1 week before my G Road Test. In the same evening I got a reply from the instructor Salman Akbar. On top of being a smart and knowledgeable instructor, super acquainted with the transit in Kingston, he was such a kind and funny person. He did not save efforts when pushing you to give your best. And, by far, that was the best part of learning from him. Thanks to him I learned everything that I needed for my road test, such as shoulder check, advanced signals, and how to safely drive the highway. He was also very fair and honest when telling you about your weaknesses and, most importantly, how to avoid mistakes and improve your driving. Out of his lessons I passed on my first try.Salman was the best instructor I could ever find, and I totally recommend his work to anyone looking forward to be a driver in Canada.
Hi,I went for driving classes with Salman sir, and he is very good driving instructor. He is respectful towards his students. He taught me very well, and I passed my exam. He helped me to improve my mistakes. I would recommend him as an instructor for driving exams.Thanks
I had my driving classes with instructor Salman sir, i have very good experience , the way he explain the rules of the road to me were very helpful and contributed to my understanding and also helped me to improve my driving skills. So overall his effective teaching methods, clarity in explanation and responsiveness to questions and positive learning experience.
I went to driving school with very minimal experience driving and after my 5 times seeing Steve B, I feel way more comfortable with my driving. He was always trying to make conversation and overall made you feel comfortable and confident with your driving. He also allowed you to see your mistakes and try to make corrections first without him having to show you, so that your able to see what you did wrong and try to fix it on your own, as you would while driving alone.
I recommend Salman! He was a fantastic instructor, very kind and very patient, something I was not expecting as a fresh driver with no experience. With his guidance, I passed the G2 test first try.
Salman was an excellent driving instructor and his teaching style was very helpful
Great experience overall! I had Salman for an instructor and he was great. Every lesson was meaningful and concise. He's not afraid to tell it like it is, but he also makes sure to point out your strengths. He also gives just enough praise and interest in your personal life to keep you motivated, but not distract from the purpose of lessons. I passed my G2 test on my first attempt.I have one criticism with the school's communication, though. They took a while to send me my certificates for the online and road lessons, and to get me in touch with my instructor. I tried to contact them but only got vague explanations. I understand if there's a good reason for the delay, but I wish I could have at least understood why. They could have included that information in their communications. The school's costs were good, and I had no other complaints, but that one criticism prevents it from being five-stars.
Salman was an amazing driving instructor and his calm, helpful approach helped me so much.
Hii! My instructor was brother salman. He teaches me each and everything of driving in a simple way by which a lazy student like me can easily understand. By the Grace of God my G road test was today nd I'm passed in the first attempt. I would recommend brother Salman as a instructor to aLL.

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Kingston Head Office

1128 Clyde Court, Kingston, Ontario, K7P2E4