The Croftfoot School of motoring

The Croftfoot School of motoring is a driving school based in Glasgow’s Southside. It is run by Joe O’Sullivan, DVSA Grade A Instructor, and was established in 1980. The Croftfoot School of Motoring has a high pass-rate as Joe doesn’t like presenting anyone for their test before they are ready. If you ask any examiner the main reason people fail their driving test, they will invariably say, “sitting their test before they are ready”.
There is no guarantee that any candidate will pass the test, but there is no doubt that your chances are greatly improved just by having enough time behind the wheel to feel confident in yourself’ and not nervous because you are not ready.
Through the years Joe has taught in Datsun (which became Nissan), Honda, Mazda, and now uses, in his opinion, the best yet, a diesel Hyundai i30. Joe has been a faithful customer of the Phoenix Car Group in Linwood since 1993 and recommends them to everyone.
In the 30+ years Joe has been instructing, the main change he has seen is the increased number of cars on the road. The test itself has changed a bit, but not too much over this time, but certainly for the better. The standard required to pass now is definitely higher than it was in the past, so the days of having 10-15 hours and scraping through are long gone. The official Driving Standards Agency’s site, GOV.UK, says that on average, people who pass their driving test have had 47 hours of driving lessons and 20 hours private practice. To get an average figure, there will be some people who will take longer but there will be lots who will learn quicker, almost always helped by lots of private practice.
Joe has a theory that there are two types of nerves when it comes to “the test”. There is the person who is nervous about getting a particular manoeuver, or being in a particular driving situation, and there is the candidate who is nervous because they are sitting the test. The latter will usually pass because they are ready to sit it. The former isn’t quite ready yet. Every examiner knows the difference and understands that everyone sitting the test is nervous.