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First Route Driving School Ltd

St. Catharines and Niagara’s premier Driver Training  school. Our instructor is a former Driver Examiner and we work hard to provide the best possible course-at a great value!

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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!

Sandra Wood

Sandra Joined the First Route Driving School team in 2022.

Sandra has 12 years experience as a Drivetest Examiner, working in St. Catharines, Niagara and Hamilton both at the desk as well as conducting G2/G class driving tests.

Wanting to teach and help students have a greater understanding of the HTA road rules and why they are important for everyones safety on the road, Sandra made the switch to Driving Instruction.

“I’m a people person and enjoy meeting all kinds of new people.

I have experience dealing with seniors, new comers to Canada and drivers with test anxiety.

I also believe that your driving lessons should be a great memorable experience and I’m confident you will have that with me.”

Stephen Brotherston

Stephen joined the First Route team in 2023 as the Niagara Region is growing and so are we! Stephen is happy to accommodate new drivers, seniors lessons, and test preparation for all drivers and newcomers to Canada.

Prior to joining First Route, Stephen has over 7 years of experience, delivering excellent driving instruction all over the Niagara Region. Stephen is very honest in the lessons and keeps them light-hearted and fun!

Stephen knows how to get you prepared for a road test and has been successful in putting safe and alert drivers on the roads for a long time.

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Jayde was my instructor and she was awsome, she helped me a lot to become a safe driver on the road and was very supportive.
Salman is a great instructor he helped me a lot and I would not have passed the test without him.
Safdar is a great driving instructor. He prepped me very well for the G2 road test and is very friendly and helpful. He helps you improve your driving and the necessary skills. I strongly suggest using Safdar as your driving instructor.
Sandra is incredible instructor. It took her 2 lessons to prep me for G test and she actually explains many things, so that requirements of the test make much more sence. I strongly recommend her as positive, experienced and very helpful instructor
I recommend first route driving school st.Catharine’s they are the best I had a wonderful time with them .. they always on time and there’ time working with you at the end of the day you will be pleased.
Sandra was amazing! She is so accompanying, very kind and patient. She makes you feel very confident for whatever test you are taking and always reassures you of your capabilities. Very happy to have had an awesome experience with her.
Wow!! All I can say is wow! I had such an amazing time. Sandra is by far the best teacher I've ever had. She never once made me feel like I was "failing" if I made a mistake. She made sure that not only she was confident in me but I was confident in myself! Please go, go take lessons from Sandra!! I promise you you won't regret it! I love you Sandra!! 🫶🫶🫶
I had a great experience with the first route driving school. I have never driven before, but my instructor Sandra Wood was very patient and encouraged me throughout our lessons. She made me feel very comfortable during our in car sessions.
My Son was away playing Hockey and had little time to practice driving . When he got home we had Sandra teach him for month or so and she was fantastic. She made Him feel comfortable and confident. She put our mind at ease knowing that our son has been taught properly how to drive. I would highly recommend Sandra to anyone looking for private driving lessons.
Sandra is about the kindest person you could wish was teaching you how to drive a car. She really does everything, going above and beyond to ensure there's safe drivers out on the streets. I couldn't recommend her enough even if I tried to. Although the bigger driving schools are vastly more popular they have nothing on First Route. If you're still unsure, as was I, jump the gun and register.
Sandra is an absolutely wonderful instructor, when I first went in to get lessons I was very nervous about the experience but she made sure I was absolutely comfortable and never made me feel bad about my mistakes. Learning to drive with her made me feel confident in my skills and I passed my road test smoothly! She’s so kind and helpful and she’s someone I feel who genuinely cares about how we do and goes out of her way to help us succeed. Best instructor ever!
An excellent team and the great instructors. I will never forget what they taught me, so I am grateful to them.
Sandra is the best! I had 3 lessons with her to prepare for my G exam and went from almost never driving on the highway to acing my test! She prepares you for everything you need to know, and also gives you tips on other driving skills. She is calm, patient and very encouraging, especially for nervous or inexperienced drivers. I cannot recommend her enough ! You won't regret getting lessons from her to prepare you for any driving exams.
I HIGHLY recommend anyone in the Niagara Region to take this driving course. Sandra is an absolutely amazing instructor. From the first time I got into the car with her, I felt at ease. You won’t be disappointed. Sandra is a breath of fresh air in what can seem like a very daunting task.Ps: Sandra’s parallel parking hack is life changing! You’ll feel like a pro after one attempt.
I’m not one to write reviews but I have nothing but great things to say about Sandra who was my driving instructor. She’s amazing! Very encouraging and knowledgeable. She made me feel at ease, and helped me last minute build and find the confidence I was missing for my road test. With her guidance I can say I’ve successfully passed my G road test!
Sandra is an awesome instructor. She made me feel so relaxed and confident in the lessons leading up to the test that for the first time in my life I didn't feel an ounce of nerve going to the test. Excellent personality, charming and experienced. She was an ex examiner and I believe that also made the difference in what to cover in a relatively short amount of time. Her car is in tip top shape and felt like a very comfortable ride. 100% recommended. Thanks so much Sandra.atte: Gladimar
First Route Driving School is the best! Sandra is an excellent instructor and cares about her students. Complete pleasure to book lessons with and ensures communication. Definitely recommend to anyone needing driving lessons or assistance!
I took lessons with Sandra and she was the lovliest instructor ever. She explained everything patiently and clearly. I ended up passing my test with no problem. Would totally recommend!
I failed my 1st G exam very unfairly and caused me to doubt myself regarding any "bad habits" I might have picked up as a G2 holder or what are the testers really looking for.Cut to First Route / Sandra - Such a great experience ! She familiarizes you with the entire process, talks you through all the courses and then does a mock test. But above all she instills confidence and advices you on how to approach the test. She spends a lot of time explaining and is also very personable.Anyways results vary from person to person but I passed on my next attempt ... she didnt teach me how to drive or anything new but I know I went in their so familiar and chilled that it was all a breeze.thanks and keep up the great work.
I had Sandra as an instructor and i couldn't have a better teacher. She was incredibly kind, very patient and just an overall delight to work with. Definitely would recommend 11/10
Sandra was absolutely amazing. She was extremely friendly the entire time and always had lots of tips and tricks to help. 10/10 can't thank her enough for the training
Hello, I am glad to have Sandra as my driving instructor. It is always challenging to drive in a new country. But Sandra is nice and knowledgeable, She made sure about my driving before the test and I cleared my G test in first attempt. Kudos !!
Hello, I had the pleasure of having Sandra from first route as my driving instructor! So kind and patient and made sure i was 100% prepared for my test! I wouldn’t have passed without all of her knowledge and help :) This was truly a wonderful and surprisingly stressless experience, genuinely such a pleasure!!!!
It was a great experience to learn from someone with so much passion and love for what she does, Mrs Woods is patient and she will make sure you get the tools and the knowledge you will need to be the best, I was able to get a full 100%on my test,first try,I would gladly recommend First Route Driving School to anyone and everyone,
What a wonderful person she is. My son as nothing but good things to say about Sandra, how kind and knowledgeable she is. Thanks to her skill and knowledge my son was able to get ready for his G2 and successfully pass thanks to her. She takes her time to explain things and the importance of everything. Once again thank you for doing what you do.
Hello, my name is kristy. I found first route online after a bad experience with a previous driving school. Sandra was my driving instructor and let me tell you she was AMAZING explained everything in a way that was easy to understand was super patient and made me feel super comfortable and confident with my driving. I can’t thank her enough for helping me finally get my license !
I'm Amanda and Sandra was my driving instructor. She was very nice , and did her best to explain everything to me. I'm a very nervous driver and in no time She helped me built my confidence; before I even realize I was doing way better than I would've ever imagined...
Training is very good, car for train and exam is less than one years and many options, the instructor is very polite, kind and professional. Fee for train and rent car is cheapest in Niagara region. She speak slowly and clear. I strongly recommend her for train and rent.


What We Can Do For You

First Route Driving School offers our MTO Approved Digital BDE Course 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

10 Hours of Online 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)


Get In Touch

Kingston Head Office

1128 Clyde Court, Kingston, Ontario, K7P2E4