Rosie (October 2016)
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 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.