Chief Executive Officer/ Head Instructor Carrie


Industry veteran Carrie Lampman has driver training in her blood (her father was an owner, operator, and instructor in Sunnyvale for over 20+ years prior). Carrie is Head Instructor and CEO of Bay Area Driving Academy. Over 15 years of experience provided Carrie a rich knowledge base from years training in various technology and driver education companies. Furthermore, Carrie provided driver training to thousands of students throughout the Bay Area. As a result, her exemplary career has made her one of the top-rated driving instructors in the area. Consequently with over 100+ recommended 5-star reviews across various top review sites.


Driving Instructor Carrie

Carrie, born and raised in Sunnyvale, attended St. Francis High School in Mountain View. Carrie provided employee training for the tech industry prior to becoming a driving instructor. Hence, years of corporate training experience has enhanced her overall skills and techniques in the field. Therefore, during years at various companies, Carrie developed and designed numerous training programs and modules. Specifically, her training leads to more efficient use of time and higher retention of information.


More importantly, Carrie has 15+ years of top-quality driver training experience. Making Carrie highly knowledgeable working with students of all backgrounds and ages. Most noteworthy, Carrie possesses exceptional patience and technical skills. Carrie has one of the best reputations for driver training and education in the Bay Area. Above all, she is well respected in Silicon Valley. Indeed, Carrie is widely considered one of the top driver education and training experts in the Bay Area.


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Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 107 reviews)
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Rated 5 out of 5

Carrie is a wonderful teacher who is kind, professional, and passionate about what she is doing. My son has truly enjoyed working with her. Highly recommend her and will use again to teach my niece. 6/15/2016

Penny M. (Los Altos)
Rated 5 out of 5

I just moved to the Bay Area from Canada where I had zero driving experience. The thought of driving made me very nervous. Since you cannot rely on public transportation here in the South Bay, I decided it was time!

I have only had one lesson with Carrie so far but it was SUCH a great experience. After we introduced ourselves, she handed me the car keys and let me have at it! I’m not going to lie, I was terrified! Her assurance and general confidence made me feel so much better. Take note – they have their own separate brake and mirror so if anything goes awry, they have control! Carrie was very relaxed and cracked jokes knowing that I was nervous. It helped. She also answered every stupid question I had and I never felt ridiculous asking. I still feel nervous to drive but I truly believe that I will become a confident and smart driver.

There are so many other driving schools with terrible Yelp reviews which had me so worried! I’m so glad I found BADA – notice they have 5 stars? It’s for a reason.

UPDATE: I finished up my lessons with BADA in April and passed my test that same month with only 3 errors! I can absolutely say with confidence that these people know what they are doing! Let me also clarify that I didn’t have a car to practice on so I relied solely on my lessons with them in order to pass. I have been driving for almost a month (just recently bought a car) and I feel very confident in my ability to drive. I’m so grateful I had such a positive experience with a driving school! 2/15/2016

Kati K. (Santa Clara)
Rated 5 out of 5

So you’re looking for a driving school/instructor, right? You’re doing exactly what I did when my daughters were learning to drive. After much research and reading many, many Yelp reviews, it became clear that Carrie, originally from Sunnyvale Driving School, is the best instructor, by far, in the Bay Area. And I can confidently confirm that. She is excellent! She knows her stuff; she’s confident, personable, friendly, professional…I can go on and on. My younger daughter is in the midst of her training now, and enjoys the 2 hour drives she spends with Carrie. And I’m learning a thing or two about my own driving since my daughter is now correcting me.

As I mentioned, Carrie was originally with Sunnyvale Driving School which is where I read so many fabulous reviews. She is now running her own company, Bay Area Driving Academy. Definitely give her a call. Your child will learn all they need for the test and will be an excellent driver as well. 11/19/2015

Karen M. (Mountain View)
Rated 5 out of 5

This school is absolutely the best and instructor Carrie is a great teacher. My daughter had he final driving lesson with Carrie on Friday and took her behind the wheel test today. Passed with no problems. Carrie has been great she trained my other daughter 4 years ago and she also passed with flying colors. I will definitely recommend Bay Area Academy to family and friends. 9/16/2016

Sherri O. (San Jose)
Rated 5 out of 5

The yelp reviews of Carrie were so good I phoned up and said I wanted Carrie. Since we were impatient to begin, we wound up having one lesson with Jen and one with Teresa. No problem, my daughter liked them both very much and found Teresa to be a kindred spirit. I also like having my daughter getting different teachers’ perspectives, so I thought it was a plus. We look forward to the last lesson with Carrie in September, just a few days before THE DMV APPOINTMENT. Wish us luck! 8/11/2016

Kathryn A. (Sunnyvale)


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