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MIBBA 2016 Commended (Motoring and Transport)

This time last year I remember writing a blog post entitled “Gobsmacked” because we had reached the final six entries in two categories for the Made in Bury Business Awards. Well gobsmacked doesn’t actually “cut it” this year, but we have reached the final six in THREE yes THREE categories of the 2017 MIBBA’s.

I can’t begin to tell you what an achievement I think this is for such a small driving school. So, what have we been nominated for this year: –

1.       Best in Class Motoring and transport – This will be the fourth year running we have made the final six. In 2014, we didn’t make the top three, however in 2015 we came second with the “Highly Commended Award” and in 2016 we came third taking home the “Commended award” – Both certificates are proudly displayed on the wall.

2.       Customer Excellence – To be in the final six for this award is amazing, showing that some of our initiatives really do have you the customer at heart, and prove that you can have the confidence that the team at Get Driving Today will go above and beyond to help you get your driving licence.

3.       Environmental Impact – I must admit this is a bit of a surprise to get to the final six, but hey we must be doing something right. Our application went into detail how our unique Eco-Driving Course can not only benefit your pocket, but have a positive impact on our direct environment.

The next stage is now is a meet and greet with the judges of each category so that’s three presentations that need to be put together, tweaked, and ultimately presented.

So why do we enter the MIBBA’s and not other competitions and awards you see?

Social Media is full of award winners just because they got a huge number of likes? The MIBBA’s however is a different animal altogether. We must complete a written application form (for each category) that goes into detail about both current and future business. Then, if your application has stood up to the judges (Some of the top business people in Bury) you are invited to the meet and greet presentations…. And then and only then if you have impressed the judges enough you have made the final three and invited to the annual awards dinner in November.

So please, please, please, wish us luck and who knows what can happen between now and November.

Fingers Crossed

Graha

James ends his journey with a driving licence

James (Bury) showing off his driving test pass certificateEveryone who passes their driving test has a story that makes it special for them and we are as excited and proud of everyone that passes with us. Sometimes though there is one that is that little extra special. Some journeys are harder and longer than others and the work put in is exceptional.

However I can’t express how proud I am of James who passed his driving test with us today. Only two people will know the full journey James has taken to getting his licence being James and his instructor Graham. I won’t be going into the details of the journey here, as James himself has posted it online and in his review which you can see below.

All I can say is a massive thankyou to James for letting me be part of his driving experience and wish him luck from not just me (Graham) but everyone involved at Get Driving Today.

 

James official review

“Today I passed my driving test with Graham from Get Driving Today after a few months’ driving. This was never going to be an easy one – I’ve got quite severe dyspraxia and have suffered with anxiety, plus had some life problems in the mix… The first time I met Graham I told him I couldn’t drive. I’d had a few instructors a good few years ago who’d told me it was a lost cause and really believed it myself. Graham said “huh, you haven’t been out to drive with me, it’s not necessarily a barrier” and one thing led to another and we were sat in a car together with me in the driving seat. I think we’ve broken every rule in Graham’s “rules of driving” to get me passed in the end and it says a lot about him that he’s the kind of instructor that’ll do that. I mean, I ended up taking the test in my own car, after a final intensive couple of days of lessons, after playing with test dates over and over again – because that was what it took to get me passed and feel like I could drive properly. Graham is kind, patient, hugely knowledgeable and never once told me I was silly when I had a meltdown, which happened more than once! You will finish driving with Graham feeling like you’ve found a new friend (one who goes “oi!” at you if you miss a blind spot, of course). I wouldn’t be sat here with a driving licence right now if it wasn’t for Graham. If anyone’s ever written you off from driving, or you’ve written yourself off, give him a call. It might just change your life like it did mine.”

 

Elisha celebrating her driving test pass

Elisha’s Passed First Time

Elisha celebrating her driving test passThe two of us had a very early start this morning, however it was well worth the effort as Elisha nailed her driving test at the very first attempt at Bury Test Centre, joing her sister in the Get Driving Today first time pass club.

Elisha took her driving lessons in Bury, Radcliffe with the odd visit to Bolton, fully preparing her for not only the driving test but any future driving she does.

Congratulations from everyone at Get Driving Today

If you want to be one of the next people to pass their driving test, then why not give us a call 01204 265055 or txt 07772843239, or send us a message with the orange messenger icon on the right hand side of the screen.

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Coming Soon to a motorway near you ! – Learner Drivers

Driving lessons bolton, driving lessons buryFinally, yes finally the DVSA, “they’re the guys that design, monitor, test and deliver the whole learning to drive thing” are allowing learner drivers on Motorways from 2018.

I can hear the gasps now, “OMG learners on Motorways there’ll be carnage”  or “Whose Stupid idea was that”. Think about it though, how many people do you know who still haven’t been on a motorway or are nervous about using them ? I know quite a few, and that’s outside my professional circle. Surely its a good idea as long it’s not a free for all for anyone with L plates. Let’s also remember we have a brand new Smart Motorway opening up later this year so a little extra training wont go amiss, as I’m sure everybody will have some questions on how it works over the coming weeks. Or why not read one of our older posts WHAT ON EARTH IS A SMART MOTORWAY  “I bet you’ve all forgot what its like to drive at 70mph on the M60″. 

Here’s the good news, there are some extra regulations behind this decision.

  • Only fully qualified driving instructors can accompany a learner driver on a Motorway
  • The car must be dual control.

So as long as the driving instructor is a sensible instructor and has fully prepared the learner driver for the motorway there really shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever. At least you won’t get stuck behind one going to slow, you can just use on of the “overtaking lanes”, “did you see what I did there ? I didn’t say middle lane or fast lane ? As I’m sure you all know those lanes don’t really exist”

For the full official story from those DVSA guys click here

If you have any thoughts on this, why not head over to our FACEBOOK PAGE and leave a comment ? 

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Catrina passes with ease

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A massive congratulations go out to Catrina who passed her driving test at the first attempt at Bury driving test centre. To say you didnt expect it was an undertatement. Have confidence in everything you do and you will reap the rewards.

Thanks for being a perfect client and stay safe on the road.

5 tips to passing your driving test first time

  lplatesLearning to drive and passing your driving test is one of the big milestones in anyones life. Its up their with your wedding day and other memorable occasions. So it’s really important you get it right, and start off in the best way possible. Thats why we have created this blog post to give you what we believe are the five best tips to passing your driving test first time. There’s never any guarantee’s to passing first time, but you can take certain steps to help it happen and give yourself that added edge on test day. 

 

  1. FIND THE RIGHT DRIVING INSTRUCTOR FOR YOU

You may be forgiven for thinking that all driving instructors are the same ! However you couldn’t be any further from the truth. Every driving instructor that you see on the road whether its us at Get Driving Today, Joe Bloggs or even BSM and the AA, we are all individual self employed instructors. Some of us are nice and friendly and some of us aren’t (just like in every walk of life really).

So how do you know which one is right for you ? Now this is the most important decision you will make, so take a little time with it. Gel-ing with your instructor means you will learn more, learn faster, and more importantly learn faster. Imagine spending £100’s of pounds with an instructor you didn’t get on with, or even hated ? You would not look forward to lessons, probably cancel them, and end up just packing in learning to drive just because you didn’t take a little care in selecting the correct instructor for you. [sociallocker id=”6841″] 

  1. UNDERSTAND THE EXPENSE OF LEARNING TO DRIVE

Lets get one thing straight right away , Learning to drive is not cheap ? There is no point in starting to learn and then realising its more expensive than you thought and packing it all in having no licence, and having wasted some money on those original lessons. I need to be honest with you now ! You need to budget a minimum thats a minimum of £1000 to be able to learn to drive from scratch with any driving school. I say minimum for many it can cost more, and for some it can cost less.

You may find a cheap instructor that doesn’t mean that the total cost of lessons will be any cheaper in the long run. Spending an extra £ or two on lessons could potentially save you £100’s in wasted lessons. 

 

  1. UNDERSTAND HOW THE THEORY AND PRACTICAL TEST WORK TOGETHER

Passing the theory test at the earliest opportunity can make your driving lessons easier to understand. The theory test sets out the basics of understanding the road and its rules. It really isn’t a case of passing the theory test and then forgetting about it. Study for it, pass it, then USE IT !

 

  1. PRACTICE WHAT YOU LEARN

Although we understand this isn’t always possible, but if you get the chance to practice then go and practice, over and over again. We have a saying at Get Driving Today ….

“Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong”

Remember any accompanying driver MUST be over 21 and have held a full driving licence for three years. They must also adhere to all the rules any driver has to eg no mobile phones or distractions

When you do go out driving take different routes, don’t keep doing the same journey this can be dangerous as you will start to take everything for granted.

 

  1. TAKE THE TEST WHEN YOU ARE READY Here’s a fact for you “NOT EVERYBODY PASSES FIRST TIME” There I’ve said it people fail driving tests. However those that do pass first time are either very lucky or have been fully prepapred for the practical driving test.

Think ! Is their anywhere you don’t like driving, if there is then you are not ready for your driving test. If your driving instructor is helping and guiding you in the two weeks before test ask yourself “Am I ready for my test” because I can guarantee you that the examiner will not be helping you.

Here’s another FACTUAL saying

“Nobody has ever passed their driving test because they had too many lessons, however many have failed because they didn’t have enough “

Pass your driving test with confidence and call the Get Driving Today team on 01204 265055 or 07772843239

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Break the speed limit at your peril

Ok – Hands up who has broke the speed limit recently? even if its only by a couple of miles per hour.  Now I am guessing if you drive you have answered the question with either a definite yes or a reluctant yes even if it was accidently.

Well that little accidently could now cost you quite a bit of money and or a hefty fine, points on your licence and possible a driving ban, as from Monday April 24th new laws came into operation changing the penalties for speeding. 

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I hope you have now noted that doing over 40 in a 30mph are could see you receive a ban of between 7 and 28 days ? That’s not including the fine that will follow. 

The fining system has also got a little bit more serious especially for the worst offenders who could see them being fined 150% of their weekly income ? So a more means tested fine rather than a standard figure that some would rather just pay and drive a bit faster.

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Although their is a standard range the magistrates are also being given the powers to either increase the fine to the higher end or decrease the fine depending on the circumstances surrounding your offence. For example if your offence was compounded by poor driving conditions or previous offences then they can increase the fine to the upper limits detailed above. However the fine could be brought into the lower regions should you be able to prove exceptional circumstances (family emergency) or have a previous exeplary record.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have found this useful.

Graham

 

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BE PREPARED ! New Driving Test 2017

DVSA Logo All Change !

So after over a year since it was first mooted, its official if you are learning to drive in Bolton and Bury then the new UK driving test coming into effect on Monday 4th December 2017 could affect you !

The driving instructor community it has to be said has a very mixed feelings to some of the changes, however here at Get Driving Today HQ we are welcoming the changes wholeheartedly and can confirm that from Tuesday 18th April all of our customers will be covering everything involved with both the current test along with the new test at the end of the year.

Farewell Reversing around a corner !!

If somebody can tell me the point of reversing around a corner to the level the current test asks for, then I am all ears, but I can honestly say that in the 33 years that have passed since I passed my driving test I have never reversed around a corner to that level, and will no longer be teaching it to that level, once the new test comes into operation.  However, I have to question the taking away of the Turn in the Road (Some call it a three point turn), and would expect to find that as it is no longer to be tested then some instructors will not teach it. Turning a car around in a confined space is a skill that is required and I can confirm that we will still be ensuring our customers can complete this task before gaining their full driving licence. Imagine driving into a narrow street, finding out it’s the wrong street, and are unable to turn your car around.

Highway codeDefying the Highway Code !

The “new” reversing manoeuvre is a strange one and one that is the main bone of contention in the driver training industry. “Pull over on the right hand side of the road reverse back two car lengths and then drive away as normal” Everybody does it, its not necessarily dangerous if done in the right place and correctly carried out but…….. Should we be testing something the highway clearly suggests you shouldn’t do ? It doesn’t say MUST NOT so its not actually illegal, however it does say “DO NOT” meaning it’s not recommended and is not best practice.


“Rule 239 – Use off-street parking areas, or bays marked out with white lines on the road as parking places, wherever possible. If you have to stop on the roadside: 
do not park facing against the traffic flow …. Read the full rule here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/waiting-and-parking-238-to-252”

We will ensure that all of our clients can safely carry out this manoeuvre, however we will be stressing the importance of only doing it whenever it is absolutely necessary and safe to do so.

Following a Sat Nav is becoming an essential skill, when our clients become independent drivers most of them are nervous of finding their way around and simply tell me they will have a Sat Nav to help them. So teaching how to use a Sat Nav, but not trusting its every word is likely to be an essential skill, to pass on to all new drivers.

Thanks for reading 

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Taken from the official DVSA web site at www.gov.uk

The 4 driving test changes

  1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes
    The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
    This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes – roughly half of the test. 
  2. Following directions from a sat nav
    During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
    The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You won’t need to set the route – the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.
    You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test – you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.
    You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
    One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead 
  3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed
    The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.
    You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
    • parallel park at the side of the road
    • park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
    • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic 
  4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving
    The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test – these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
    You’ll be asked the:
    tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
    “show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

If you would like a no obligation chat on learning to drive or how the new test will affect you why not give us a call on 01204 265055 or 07772843239

 

Ryan passes first time (twice)

ryanA massive congratulations to Ryan who aced his driving test at the first attempt, along with passing his theory first . All going to prove that if you put the effort in the rewards come thick and fast.

Ryan joins his brother Jordan in our hall of fame, proving lightning does strike twice as he matches his brothers first time pass with Graham some five years ago.

 

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“”Lightening strikes twice , thank you GDT both of my boys passed 1st time after having lessons with you.
You adapted to their needs , personalities and helped them gain confidence, knowledge and skills to ensure they was ready to pass their test. My eldest passed 5 years ago and is an excellent no claims driver and its all thanks to Graham and his team.
From supporting you with special offers, supporting you with your theory, booking tests and after test/ advanced support.
You could not get a better driving instructor to get you on the road. SIMPLY THE BEST “

 

 

 

Justyna displays her pass certificate after passing her driving test in Bury

Justyna claims her driving licence

Justyna displays her pass certificate after passing her driving test in Bury

Passed !!

A fantastic drive under the pressure of the “driving test” saw Justyna go home with her full driving licence and the independence that comes with it. Hard work, perseverence and lots of practice paid dividends on test day, with an almost perfect drive.

Congratulations from everyone at Get Driving Today, stay safe and don’t forget the coffee !!

If you want to be one of the next to get their driving licence, give us a call 01204 265055

Lyndsey gets her licence

After driving lessons in Bury Lyndsey dispalys her pass certificate

A massive congratulations to Lyndsey who passed her driving test recently at Bury test centre, ending an 8 year wait to get her driving licence. Lets be clear, it wasn’t eight years of driving lessons as “life” just got in the way at some stages and oe or two breaks were taken in the learning process.

Congratulations from everyone at Get Driving Today especially your instructor Graham

If you would like to copy Lyndsey then please give us a call and get yourself on the road 01204 or 07772843239

Supervise your learner correctly and legally

accompanyingI find it absolutely amazing that within the first 24 hours a driving instructor (Norwich) has already been caught using a mobile phone (c/w coffee) and could not only get 6 points and a £200 fine but could also lose their career. The DVSA (the guys who monitor and issue instructor licences) take a dim view of any instructor with more than five points on their licence. Read about it here

It was reading this story I thought there has been loads of social network publicity about the new laws that changed on March 1st, telling you that you will receive six points on your licence a £200 fine, which for new drivers could mean having their licence revoked and them having to take their theory test and practical test again. What hasn’t been as publicly stated is THIS ALSO APPLY’S to SUPERVISING DRIVERS TOO !!!!!

Supervising Drivers are those fantastic people who sit with learner drivers to either teach them as instructors or those ever patient parents and friends who come along and help learner drivers get that much needed practice.
Now for the hard ball bit, being a supervising driver is NOT just a case of being in the car while the provisional driver, drives you around. No !!! The supervising driver is their to support the learner and have overall responsibility which is why ….. wait for this next bit …… I will put it in capitals and make it bold so it stands out ……… MUST ADHERE TO THE SAME RULES AS THE LEARNER DRIVER …. KAPICH!!! UNDERSTAND.

Lets make sense of that last statement the supervising driver must not do any of the following else they will be liable for the same fine as if the driver had got caught.

  • MUST NOT USE OR HANDLE A MOBILE PHONE
  • MUST NOT EAT, DRINK ETC
  • MUST NOT HAVE CONSUMED ALCOHOL

Being a supervising driver can have fantastic rewards however it is a responsible role, so please don’t say you weren’t warned. Accompanying your offspring and using your mobile phone will still get you six points on your licence and a £200 fine.

Thanks for reading

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