"TOP GEAR review
I decided to apply for my driving test in July so I checked out a few websites to find driving lessons. One caught my attention out of six. Maybe it was because of the name TOP GEAR that caught my eye but really it was all the information that was there in front of me in the website.
1. 7 days a week flexible time (because of the job I work) 2. Knowledge of the test routes, rules, questions 3. Approved driving instructor 4. 95% pass rate (which really caught my eye)
After my first Lesson with Des O'Neill the whole idea of the driving test fast approving went out of my head. I really started to learn how to drive my car in a smooth confident way. How to recognise and to judge different situations and react in good time. There was a few times Des would get out of the car and show me how he would drive so he could give me a better understanding on the control of the car. Also we would stop after 15/20 minutes of driving and he would tell me how I should have judged different moments while I was driving. eg- 1. Driving down a narrow road with parked cars on the right hand side and a white van coming down my side of the road. There I should have slowed down and see that he had no room on his side to pull in and let me pass While I did on my side. 2. Driving into a junction and preparing to turn right. Another driver in the opposite direction pulled into the junction but didn't signal to turn but started to. He waved me to turn right but I didn't take the proper care to check the traffic behind him who were going straight head. 3. Driving through a slip road at a junction to turn left. I didn't check if there was already a car coming from the opposite direction turning right. There I have to give way. These are all common moments in driving and once I learn to read the traffic I felted more confident in my driving. When it came to practicing a three-point turn, hill start and reversing around a corner, these became second nature to me because I had the confidents and control of my car. My last two lessons before the test Des asked me is there any areas or maneuvers I wanted to practice before the test. But each time all I wanted to do was drive and see the situations that might arise. If you want to pass you driving test of course you should give TOP GEAR a call but if you want to become a confident driver then TOP GEAR is your best choice. Written by Geoffrey Cashman. Applied for the driving test in July and passed it at the start of September. "
Top Gear is the place to go
"I feel that Top Gear is the best driving school around and easily affordable. It takes the fear out of the driving and gives you so much that it cannot be beaten. My brother went to a guy in our home town and he was deplorable. My parents couldn't get over what he was telling him to do, even my brother refused to do some things as they were well out of order. My parents really are the best judge as they, both qualified drivers, sit in with me on the car at home. They saw a massive difference in my driving even after the first lesson and they are going to use it again for my sister. He is a brilliant instructor, giving 110% of his time and nothing was an imposition. Whether it was times or days that I was available, he made the time for me and always had a positive attitude for me and positive feed back. I would recommend Top Gear to anyone and everyone. They are the best and they are TOP. I passed my test last Saturday and I know it was down to TOP GEAR. "
I would highly recommend Top Gear School of Motoring
"I have been taking driving lessons with Top Gear, specifically Des O' Neill, for the past four months. Des is extremely calm and manages to maintain a neutral and non-judgemental tone and manner at all times. I find him to be very encouraging and positive but also exact and thorough. He is very accommodating when scheduling lessons, is always on time and has never cancelled a lesson. I am learning an enormous amount and feel confident that I will be well prepared for my driving test. I would highly recommend Des O' Neill and Top Gear School of Motoring. "
Joined Nov 2010
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Brilliant Instructor-would recommend to a friend!
"I would really recommend Top Gear School of Motoring. For me, I was apprehensive enough about begining to driving as I was learning to do so from scratch. Did not even have a clue of the absolute basics, but Des has been extremely patient and calm from the start and has brought me forward enormously. Was recommended by a friend and would do likewise. Really recommend Top Gear School of Motoring. From my experience as someone starting from the very beginning, I was thrilled that nothing was taken for granted that I should have known etc, and explained in such a thorough way that really took away any stress and anticipation I may have had. Top Gear School of Motoring is one I would recommend to a friend!"
Great Instructor - Would Highly Recommend Him.
"Just finished my EDT lessons and can't recommend Des enough. He is very calm and patient, breaks everything down step by step and gives plenty of feedback after the lessons."
"From the get-go, Des was the perfect example of professionalism. Always punctual, patient and clear, he knew exactly how to pace everything so that each lesson felt like a significant step up from the last, while at the same ensuring that he wasn't overloading you with information or putting you under any pressure. That last point is particularly important for people (like me) whose confidence can be easily shaken at the wheel - with Des next to you, you'll feel very much at ease. Driving soon turned from something I had dreaded (I had put off driving for as long as I could get away with it!) into something I actually enjoyed. In addition to being a true professional, he's also a real gent and a great choice for anyone either learning to drive for the first time, or honing their skills and eliminating bad habits prior to a test."
Passed my test thanks to Des
"Des is a fantastic driving instructor and I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking to start learning. I'd taken some lessons many years ago but never passed my test, and got so dispirited with trying that I gave up. I finally decided to give it another go and Des was recommended to me by a friend. From the start, he was very accommodating, willing to fit me into his schedule whenever it suited me best. He was calm and in control at all times, even when I did something stupid.
He was also extremely patient - I lost count of how many times he'd tell me to check my mirrors! - and never complained if the lesson ran over the allotted time. Just before my driving test was due, I said I wanted to work further on my hazard reactions, and Des picked out the most annoying and busy roads possible to give me the best chance of getting it up to speed. I finally passed my test was only 1 Grade 2 mark, thanks to Des and his excellent teaching.
In closing, if you're looking for a good, patient and friendly instructor, you can't go wrong with Des."
Joined Oct 2013
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Des O'Neill is excellent driving instructor!!!!
"I was really happy with my choice,when i found my best driving instructor:Des O'Neill.He gave me the confidence to keep going all the time,very professional and calming as well.He was punctual ,always on time.I will call him again before my driving test,i am sure he will be help me my stress taking down.Thank you Des!
All the best!!!"
Joined Jan 2013
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The Best Driving Instructor in Cork!!!
"To be honest, I never wanted to learn to drive... I was embarrassed about not managing something that seems to come so naturally to others. I was very nervous, even terrified when thinking about driving!
It was pure luck that I decided to go with the Top Gear School of Motoring on the day I booked my first lessons.
My instructor Des O'Neill won me over with his calm and friendly, yet professional manner. I was a wary bundle of nerves, but his patience and empathetic attitude made a big difference, and as the lessons went on, my confidence grew. His car (Kia Rio in my case) was always super-clean and smelled great. Des was always accommodating and punctual. His positive feedback made me feel confident about skills that I had learned, and the friendly suggestions helped to understand where some work was still needed. Besides all that, there is a lot to say about a person who leaves you in a great mood after every single lesson.
This week I passed my test and I could not have done it without his help. Thank you, Des!"
Top Gear - The Best Choice!
"I've just completed the course of 24 lessons at Top Gear School of Motoring. I must say I'm absolutely satisfied and happy that I had picked this particular school. Even though I've been a lerner driver for quite a long time, it was Des O'Neill with whom I really started to feel my driving skills improving. Des is really the best person to get you away from that nervous, uncomfortable driving and gradually to build up your confidence on the road. And he is doing it in really professional manner. During and after the lessons you are provided with regular and clear feedback, so you simply know where you are: what is ok, what's to improve. Des as a professional is not only excellent in regard to technical and formal matters but has no problem whatsoever creating a nice, friendly atmosphere during the lessons, while at the same time keeping you hard at work. So there is never a single minute of your time (and a cent of your money) wasted. Top Gear School of Motoring has very convenient payment and online booking system. I've never have any issue with them as well.
I would honestly recommend Top Gear as the best choice from among driving schools in Cork area!"
Joined May 2014
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Fantastic from Start to Finish
"It took me a while to choose a driving instructor, because I knew it would be a long road. I couldn't be happier that I went with Des today, holding my Certificate of Competency after my first try at the full driving test! And it's all thanks to Des :)
From the very first lesson he was great. We started out on a quiet country road so I could get used to the controls then he gradually introduced the more complex elements of driving so I didn't feel overwhelmed at any point. The 12 EDT lessons flew by and I felt like a pro by the end!
Leading up to my test, I called Des up again and asked him to sit in with me a few times and run through the stuff to look out when testing. He was very comprehensive, and we practiced all the possible driving test routes and maneuvers until I felt comfortable with them all. Passed first time with minimal faults! I'm thrilled! Thanks Des :D"
Joined Jul 2014
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Top Gear School of Motoring truly is the tops!!!
"What can I say about Des O'Neill and the Top Gear School of Motoring!! If you wanted to imagine being put in a position where you get a complete run through of EXACTLY how your driving test is going to pan out then get lessons from this school. Des offers a systematic review of the order in which the driving test instructor will assess you on the day. Starting with a review of the questions asked in the theory test, to how the technical aspects of the car are covered in the test, to the routes that are likely to be taken on the day, it is impossible not to feel comfortable about what needs to be done to pass. I cannot recommend this driving school enough!!"
Joined Sep 2014
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