All Gears Driving School in Nanaimo providing 1 on 1 driving lessons for all ages and abilities to ICBC road test standard.  

About Us

Qualified Instructors

My name is Paul Frankcom and I am a Driving Instructor in Nanaimo. I moved to Nanaimo over 10 years ago from the UK. I have helped young and old to learn to drive working with other driving schools before starting my own school in 2016.

I am a parent of 3 teens myself so understand the parent teen relationship and how it can make the learning process challenging for both parent and child.

My philosophy on learning to drive is that it should firstly be safe but it should also be FUN! If you are having fun you will learn and be receptive to new ideas and ways of doing things.

My car driving experience in the many different countries that I have been very fortunate to visit over the years has given me a good education on what to expect on the road. I have also ridden motorcycles for many years and raced cars competitively in Europe for several years giving me a depth of experience that I am able to offer to all of my students to help them learn and grow into safe drivers.

Why Take Driving Lessons

Learning to drive for the very first time is exciting, stressful, challenging and sometimes overwhelming and that is just how the parents can be feeling! Holding a valid driving license is one of those key moments in life that as a parent we want to share with our kids but can easily turn into a negative experience because of our own anxieties.

Allowing a patient trained professional driving instructor help a new driver take those important first steps to getting their license will help to alleviate the worst of those negative feelings and just leave the sheer joy of being in full control of a vehicle on the roads. 

Everyone learns in a different manner whether it is visually, audibly or by hands on learning and learning to drive is no different and your trained instructor will know how to get the best from YOU. They will identify your traits and tailor the lessons accordingly to enable you to learn at the best rate possible. Always bear in mind when booking driving lessons or learning to do anything that not everyone learns at the same rate so that is why we offer flexible lesson packages that can be mixed and matched to provide the best solution for you.

What you will get from a driving instructor is someone who will be honest about the ability and level that a student has attained. They will provide consistent constructive critique about how to make a person’s driving skills better and encouragement when things sometimes things don’t go as planned.


 " Excellent instruction and realistic, helpful feedback on driving capabilities. Our son passed his test at the first attempt, something that is unlikely had we been teaching him to drive ourselves. Thank you for helping to get him on the road safely!"  - BP

"Great experience with Paul, very helpful in calming pre-test nerves. He's knowledgeable and patient and helps you focus on what matters. Definitely would recommend!"  -  AD

"Paul is an excellent driving instructor. I always looked forward to getting in the car with him. Lessons are calm and informative, plus he cracks the occasional joke too! More importantly, he teaches in a way that is easily understood and answers questions clearly.  If you are looking for an instructor, Paul is your guy!"   -  NK


"I just passed my road test. Thanks to Paul. He is an awesome instructor. He gave me all necessary instructions to follow to be a safe driver. I booked the class on very short notice and travel to Nanaimo from Vancouver and Paul accommodated his schedule and help me in passing my road test. I definitely recommend everyone ALL GEAR DRIVING SCHOOL." -  AA 


Can I be picked up at school, home or work?

Yes, I will pick you up at virtually any location within the city limits of Nanaimo and then after your driving lesson deliver you safely back to wherever you wish to be. 

If you live outside of Nanimo we can arrange a convenient location for pick up.

Do you offer "one on one" lessons?

All Gears Driving School in Nanaimo only offer "One on One" lessons to ensure that your learning experience is fully catered to you. This means that you will never have another student in the car who is being picked up or dropped off either side of YOUR lesson. 

Do You Do Gift Certificates?


Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase. Please purchase a suitable lesson package and advise me that you need a gift certificate. A gift certificate will then be emailed to you for you to present to your new driver. 

The new driver will then need to contact the school to arrange a convenient lesson time and present the gift certificate to the instructor at the first lesson. Gift certificates are valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

Is your school licensed?

Yes, like all official driving schools in BC we are licensed under the Motor Vehicle Act. If you are looking at other driving schools please ask for proof that both the school and its driving instructors are licensed by ICBC to operate as a driving school or as driving instructor. 

What kind of car do you operate?

The automatic lessons will take place in a 2016 Mazda 3 Sport GS equipped with dual controls.

The School vehicle is fully insured, service regularily and inspected annually.

In winter it runs on Full Winter Tires allowing lessons and road test to continue regardless of the weather.   

Ready to Book?


If you have further questions please contact me either using the Contact From on this site or Call 250-713-4128.

If you are ready to get going....