"The classroom is no place to learn how to drive"
West County Driving Instruction has been serving the St. Louis metro area since 2005. The company's only instructor, Patrick Guilfoy, is a regular speaker at area schools and community events. Patrick, along with his wife and children, has been a Kirkwood resident for 36 years. Patrick has eight years experience as an instructor. After teaching over 1700 students, Patrick has honed his lesson plans to fit the needs of a large range of students with varying levels of driving experience. The average student usually has slight experience, but he also helps more experienced drivers to sharpen their defensive driving skills. Whatever your experience and needs, we have the ability to shape a lesson plan that will focus on whatever goal you have, whether it's learning the basics, passing the state driving test or simply becoming a safer driver.
The vehicle used in the lessons is a mid-size 2007 Taurus with a second brake on the passenger side for the instructor. Please note that the first lesson is usually given in the Taurus because of the second brake. Subsequent lessons can be in the student's vehicle, especially the last when the practice test is taken at the exam site.
Some students request a certificate of completion for insurance purposes. We can provide this at no extra cost, as long as the student has passed the instructor's approved standards, usually a minimum of 4 hours of instruction.
Other individuals that Patrick has taught are drivers with physical and cognitive disabilities. Foreign students, including au pairs, are welcome.
Please note: Even though the goal of the instruction is to pass the state driving exam, there is no guarantee that a student will pass the state exam. This is ultimately the responsibility of the student. If the student does not display the ability to improve their driving skills to take the test, the instructor will advise suspending the lessons. We will never "sell" additional lessons at the expense of our students.
Because Patrick is West County's only instructor, we can guarantee an experienced, professional instructor for your needs. There is never an "Instructor-in-Training" that some of the larger driving schools send out.
Neither West County Driving Instruction nor Patrick Guilfoy are affiliated or connected with any state motor vehicle department.