Lutece from Oxford
Finding Geoff as a driving instructor was an absolute blessing. I've heard lots of shock horror stories on awful instructors from friends and family,and I've never felt anything but at ease whilst on lessons with Geoff. Driving has always been something I've wanted and needed to do, but with several knock backs and being involved in 3 car accidents in the three years of learning (none on lessons or as the driver!) I really struggled with confidence, and being able to feel safe behind the wheel. Geoff would constantly assure me that I would never be in any danger and he always has control of the vehicle.
I started learning to drive in 2011 and luckily Geoff was recommended to me and I've never had another instructor. There have been many lessons where Geoff and I have laughed , and a WHOLE LOAD of tests where I've cried. And although I had 5 (yes 5!) practical tests before I passed, it was down to self doubt and an overload of emotions. As someone who suffers with anxiety, any test situation really put me on edge, and left me a nervous wreck under pressure.
I took a year out of driving to travel but eventually returned to Geoff. And after getting the theory sorted for the second time, and buying myself a little run around I contacted Geoff in the new year for a lesson to help niggle any bad habits. After a lovely reunion for an hour Geoff advised me I would be fine, and point blank refused anymore driving lessons to me unless they were crucial!
My test approached on the 26th feb 2015 . Which I decided to take it my car independently without Geoff as I had gotten used to it. To my surprise Geoff was at the centre with another student! I was so please to see him there. And I finally passed with just three minors, and for the first time ever, Geoff had two students pass at the same time!
I cannot thank you enough, for the support and encouragement you've given me. You've opened up a whole new lease of life, I'm already out on the road! And if anything I'll miss the company of being in the car with you and the mad situations we would get ourselves into on the Cowley roundabouts!
Once again thank you and, See you you the road Geoff!
Lutece Constant (Oxford)
Marianne from Oxford
Geoff, you have been the perfect driving instructor for Fred. A lady at Oxfam recommended you a long time ago and I kept your details. So lucky to have found you. You are calm, always positive and friendly. When it came to the test Fred was very clear with what he had to do and you knew when he was ready. I know he's delighted to have passed straight away. We'll see you again for the motorway lessons. Thanks again Geoff, you're a star.
Marianne :) (Fredrik's Mum)
Becky from Faringdon
The word driving, and the mere thought of it petrified me! I constantly had nightmares about it and at one point I accepted that driving wasn’t for everyone and was willing to throw in the towel. This was all because of my first driving instructor; He was impatient, he shouted at me and generally made me feel like there was no hope for me because I just couldn’t get what he was trying to teach me. In fact my last lesson ended with me in tears and the awful feeling that I would never dare go behind the wheel again.
My husband and I decided that it was best for me to find someone else as I had spent too much money to give up completely. A colleague at work recommended Geoff and making that phone call was one of the best things I did!
Geoff was very sympathetic of my terrible driving experience and he assured me that I wasn’t the only person who has had that kind of experience. He was available for me almost immediately and my first lesson with Geoff was a delight! He made me feel like I could do more than I was aware and put me totally at rest. The highlight of it was when Geoff told me he could definitely get me ready for my test before the end of the year, as I so desperately wanted to leave this mountain of driving in 2014 and not take it into the New Year! This will be more significant when I tell you that I called Geoff on the 5th of November 2014 and today 30th December 2014 I passed my driving test first time with only 5 minors!!!!!
Geoff was punctual, very patient, friendly, and after just a few lessons with him I felt as though I had known him for years! His car was very easy to drive and he used really simple techniques which made the manoeuvres seem easy peasy! Most importantly Geoff was very reliable! This was especially highlighted on the day before and the actual day of my practical test. Geoff was very sick and it would have been understandable if he wasn’t able to make it. He didn’t let me down but he was there for me and shared in my joy when I passed. I am so grateful to Geoff for changing my driving experience for the best (I actually love driving now!) I will be telling everyone about the amazing instructor I found in Geoff!Becky Nague
Gem from Kidlington
I approached Geoff in October last year and he quickly found me a regular slot. He came highly recommended by a colleague and I expect this is due to him being kind, patient, friendly, professional, flexible, punctual and incredibly reliable. On a more personal note, Geoff is a wonderful photographer and all round lovely human being. He is a very positive and motivating person, with a rare ability to lift you up when the going gets tough.
From day one Geoff had me out driving whilst many other driving schools spend (waste) weeks just teaching the theory, sat at the side of the road. Once working with Geoff he also gives you free access to a theory practise program, which I used in conjunction with a number of other theory practise apps on my mobile phone. (Practise is key here, and I'm chuffed to say I passed my theory test first time!)
Learning to drive with Geoff has given me such a huge confidence boost, I have so much independence and it has left me happier than I have felt in years. (My partner and my parents would back me up on this!) It might sound melodramatic, but it really has changed my life for the better. I couldn't have fathomed the freedom driving can give before I began, the world really is my oyster! Before starting my lessons with Geoff I really thought that driving was some far-fetched, unattainable dream, but I did it, and I am *certain* that I couldn't have done it without Geoff.
I was lacking in confidence, and often struggled to learn things first time around. So each time Geoff adjusted his teaching technique for me until it ‘clicked’. He has lots of effective tools to help you understand and master tricky techniques and manoeuvres and keep you on track.
As the going got tough there were points where I felt like giving up (I am a bit of a perfectionist, to my detriment…) but Geoff coached and encouraged me to keep going, and most importantly he helped me to believe in myself. He gives you plenty of prep for the practical test, but doesn't rip you off by dragging it out and forcing you to pay for more lessons than are necessary.
I will never forget passing my driving test. It was such a huge achievement for me, and I don’t think I have ever seen my parents so proud! In fact I think it was one of the best days of my life! But I think one of the best things has been hearing friends and family praise me for being such a good, safe driver. Geoff’s tuition is of such a high standard – he not only teaches how to pass the driving test, but how to be a safe, efficient and eco-friendly driver.
The only negative feedback I have is that I no longer see Geoff. His tuition on a Saturday morning was a real highlight of my week, as he made the lessons so varied, interesting and fun! I certainly would not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family.
Not only do I have a driving licence, but I have gained a friend for life, and I couldn't be happier.
Alison from Long Hanborough
Just wanted to say thank you so so so much. You turned my attitude towards driving around in just one lesson. Before I swapped instructors to move to you, I absolutely hated driving but you changed that for me. You filled me with confidence, always made me smile and somehow made everything click in to place so quickly. You are a wonderful instructor and I will be recommending you to everyone I meet!
Cant believe I passed!!!!!
Lesley from Milcomb (Family friend)
Although i've been driving for many years, after an accident on a very busy roundabout, I developed severe anxiety, and found it difficult to drive anywhere. My daughter who knows Geoff, suggested I have a few refresher lessons. It was the best decision I ever made. Geoff is so kind and patient, and is a fantastic driving instructor. He helped me overcome my fears (with roundabouts), and constantly gave me praise and reassurance.
Thank you Geoff. You have truly helped me get my life back on track. I apologize for making you dizzy, but we got there in the end didn't we! I enjoyed our lessons very much, and you are such a nice person, I can see why everyone wants to learn to drive with you.
What can I say? I can't really put into words how grateful I am. You've been the biggest support for me and I have never felt so at ease when driving, even if I did something wrong you'd always pick me back up. You really helped me develop my skills, and taught me how to be a safe and efficient driver. I couldn't even imagine being able to drive before, however after one lesson with you I knew I would be just fine! I passed my test today and it was all down to your time and effort in keeping me going. You were always so helpful and made me feel very relaxed and calm. Don't know how I would've done it without you! I will really miss our lessons because they were a lot of fun. I hope more and more people will get to see how fantastic you are as an instructor. I will be shouting your praises to everyone I know!
A very happy, Saffron Wall. xxx