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A selection of feedback from some of our satisfied customers…

After 25 years of failing to pass my test I was convinced I was congenitally unable to drive. Despite a great academic background and solid career I simply could not crack it. Mini roundabouts and junctions looked unbelievably complex and the whole business of driving just seemed to involve an impossible degree of multitasking. I got by in London for 20 years but when we moved to Bath a drivers licence became an essential. I failed my test again the first time around with another instructor and was getting desperate- I even tried hypnotherapy! Then I came across John Clift online and managed to get onto his roster (he has quite a waiting list!).
The experience of learning to drive with John is a world apart from anything else I have experienced in my driving career. The first lesson blew my mind- I had never before had to think so deeply about why I drive the way I do and about the consequences that. In my experience other ツdriving instructors tend teach parrot fashion and just try and walk you through the test- John’s objective is making you a safe and competent driver for life.
John Clift is a talented and high skilled teacher, in fact the only teacher I have only encountered during my many years with different instructors. His hard working analysis of my driving meant that the reason I wasn’t passing was no longer a mystery, I had the keys to unlock my success. This was incredibly empowering and led me to passing with confidence at the age of 42, to the great relief of my school age children!
To anyone who has struggled with their driving I would say- go to John. John is able to adapt his teaching style to suit the individual in a way which is truly rare and highly effective. Im certain John would be an outstanding teacher in any field, I was just lucky that he is currently teaching people to drive.

Rosie (October 2016)

I would just like to say thank you so much it was a pleasure to learn with you and thank you for believing in me . I’m still totally shocked I passed first time but that’s all down to you I wish you all the best in the future X

Amelia (September 2016 )

I got back into driving after three years but I needed to use an automatic due to a medical condition and John helped me see that it’s not a big deal what car I use and that as long as it works for me it’s not a problem. John helped me quite a bit with my driving, he helped me focus on my weak spots and went over them until I was happy with them, he was very polite and professional but helped me relax when I got worried, which helped a lot on with my driving test. He made me laugh quite a bit and made me feel comfortable when I first met him which really helps if you are not that comfortable with new people. I will be recommending him to my family and friends.
Thank you John

Heather (June 2016)

Prior to having lessons with John I was nervous about the prospect of driving. I had tried in the past but had never felt confident to see it through to the end. I opted for automatic lessons with John and am so pleased I did. John has a great sense of humour and any initial anxieties that were felt soon disappeared. If I didn窶冲 understand something John would tailor his explanations to my interests and learning style. He is also very calm and patient which was great when I was having a bad driving day! I had weekly lessons for approx 5 months and passed my test first time which I窶冦 thrilled about. So a huge thankyou John and I would highly recommend to anyone.

Jess (Feb 2016)

I would thoroughly recommend John Clift Driving School, friendly and professional instruction, that will set you on the right path to Driving.

Izzy B (Nov 2015)

With a minimum of drama and fuss, John has succesfully steered all four of my children through the driving rite of passage towards independence. My son being a typical boy had to retake before he passed, but all the girls sailed through first time. We have already recommended John to many of our friends, all of whom sing his praises. It’s not for nothing John is known in our family as ‘The Legend’.

Simon C (Sept 2015)

I had put off learning to drive for such a long time due to feeling nervous about being behind the wheel. As soon as I had my first lesson with John, he put me at ease and made learning to drive an enjoyable and fun experience. What’s great about John is how he adapts his teaching to suit you, I’m a very visual learner so John would use visual aids on his iPad and physically show me the techniques. John gave me the confidence, knowledge and preparation for me to pass my test first time!! He’s a really fantastic teacher, every lesson was a really good laugh and I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn to drive. Thank you so much John!

Kim M (Oct 2015)

I am an American who has been driving for many years. I contacted John in hopes of getting some help on the nuances of driving in the UK. Not only did he fit me into his busy schedule, he also tailored his lessons to benefit an experienced driver. He brought me to the test centre, explained what was expected of me during the test, and put me at ease. John’s lessons were very informative and enjoyable. I am happy to say thanks to John, I passed my test on the first try. I would highly recommend John.

Matt (August 2015)

Just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to start with. John is just fantastic. A year ago the thought of getting in a drivers seat brought on hysteria and panic attacks. After learning in his lush automatic – I passed my test 1st time. He is a great teacher, totally understanding and a great laugh. He will make you feel at ease from the moment he shakes your hand. I owe my new independence to John. Thank you.

Sian (August 2015)

John is an amazing instructor. He is patient, guides you calmly through even the worst roundabout and gives you this reassurance that makes you think “I am really good at this ! John will logically explain to you why we go through all the manoeuvres the way we do and I promise that his explanation will stick with you. Most importantly, John is honest, he will tell you when you are ready to take your test and that will be mirrored (with a little luck) with your successful driving test attempt. I found John by chance and had never driven a car before we met. I am a bit of a special case due to my disability and he went out of his way to accommodate my needs and thought of some nifty ideas to make my driving more comfortable. I would recommend his lessons to everyone. You will be looking forward to your driving times and you will have a laugh for free too !

B. (July 2015)

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