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.


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 5.0 out of 5
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Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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)
Rated 5.0 out of 5

Passed my driving test on the first try! I had instructors Jenn, Teresa and Carrie. They were all really helpful in correcting any errors I had. If you pick a time slot in between other time slots make sure you don’t schedule anything directly after because they always make you pick up the next person and have that person drop you off so the whole thing will take 2 hours plus give or take twenty minutes. 12/1/2017

Jolie W. (Palo Alto)
Rated 5.0 out of 5

My teen daughter had 3 lessons with Carrie and it was a great experience all around from start to finish. Booking the appointment online was a breeze. Carrie showed up on time to all lessons with a clean, new car. I loved that the car had a brake and rear view mirror for Carrie the instructor to use while the student was driving. My daughter has some anxiety around new social situations and when Carrie was made aware of this she offered to let me tag along in the back seat for my daughter’s lesson. Carrie was kind, understanding and very helpful in our situation which made my daughter very comfortable and also gave her reassurance.

Carrie did an excellent job in showing my daughter the controls of the vehicle, made sure that she could see and reach the controls properly. Carrie’s instructions and were easy to understand and very timely. Carrie was calm, cool and collected. If my daughter made a mistake, Carrie calmly pointed out how to correct it in the future. Carrie had great driving tips, always made sure that S.M.O.G. was used properly and covered everything needed to be a good safe driver. We drove down residential streets, commerical streets, hills, highways, practiced parking and backing up.

I would highly recommend Bay Area Driving Academy to anyone needing driving lessons and especially to students who have social anxiety. Carrie was very professional, patient and personable. She knew the roads of the south bay area extremely well. 5/18/2017

Jennifer R. (Santee)


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