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Drews’ done it !

Drew celebrates his test pass

Well done Drew

Well done Drew who passed his driving test recently at Bury test centre. A great drive paying off as he wen’t home with a full driving licence.

Enjoy your car (if dad moves his out of the way) and stay safe.


Jill’s passed her driving test

A well deserved smile

A well deserved smile

A massive congratulations to Jill who passed her driving test recently with the help of GDT. A thoroughly deserved pass, with Jill overcoming a stressful morning before the test, coming home with an almost perfect drive but more importantly a full driving licence.

Well done Jill from everyone here at GDT especially your instructor Graham

Jade passes first time


A massive congratulations to Jade  who passed her driving test at the first attempt this morning at Bury test centre.

Jade blew the nerves away with a fantastic drive, include the Queens Park Rd hill at Heywood !! complete with some nice words from the examiner.

Well done from everyone at GDT and enjoy Malaga.

Sammie’s passed her driving test

Well done !!

Well done !!

Well done Sammie ! You’ve passed your driving test. Sammie took her driving lessons in Radcliffe and Bury so being fully prepared for her driving test.

New found freedom means lots of days out with the kids without having to mother others or depend on public transport.

A fantastic achievement worthy of all our congratulations especially your instructor Graham

Karis passes her driving test

Karis displays her pass certificate

Well done to a shy Karis

A massive congratulations to Karis who passed her driving test at Bury test Centre. There were a few nerves and self doubt beforehand but they were all safely swapped for a full driving licence. Karis took her driving lessons in Radcliffe and Bury so was fully prepared for her driving test in Bury.

Well done from everyone from at GDT especially your instructor Graham.

Tom’s passed !

Tom showing his pass certificatef

Well done

A massive congratulations to Tom who passed his driving test in Bury with a great confident drive.

Tom took his driving lessons in Prestwich, Cheetham Hill and Bury, thoroughly preparing him for any future driving and not just the driving test.

A massive congratulations from everyone at GDT especially your instructor Graham.

Could you be next to pass your driving test and get a full driving licence ? Just call 01204 265055 today .

Kelsey passes first time

kelseyWell done Kelsey, you’ve only gone and passed your driving test at the first attempt.

Kelsey took her driving lessons in and around Bury ensuring she was ready for her driving test.

A massive congratuations to you from everyone at GDT especially your instructor Sharon Ashurst.

Georgia passes first time

Georgia, Radcliffe passes her driving test

Well done

A fantastic drive, with a fantastic result for Georgia, passing her drivng test at the very first attempt at Bury Driving Test Centre.

Georgia took the bulk of her driving lessons in Bury and Radcliffe, so was fully prepared for anything the driving test could throw at her.

A massive congratulations from everyone at GDT especially your instructor Graham

Lauren passes first time

Well doneWell done to Lauren who passed her driving test at the first attempt this morning at Bury test centre. So theres no need to rely on mum to come with you any more, and more importantly passed before you turned 18.

Well done Lauren from everyone at GDT especially your instructor Graham

Cameron’s Passed



A massive congratulations to Cameron whonpsses her driving test today at Bury Test Centre.

Some nice words after test from the examiner saying it was obvious she had worked hard.

Enjoy your car, and safe driving – well done again from all at GDT especially your instructor Graham.

Beat the waiting lists for free with GDT


Did you know there is nationally a shortage of driving examiners, this coupled with the number of people waiting to take a practical driving test has taken the waiting time for a practical driving test upwards of 3 months and in some places 4-5 months. Imagine being ready for your test and having to wait for such an extraordinary time to take the test.

The good news is GDT are here to help you jump that queue !. From Monday 21st March all of our multi hour packages will include a FREE account with Driving Test Cancellations 4 All, worth £18. Meaning instead of just booking a test and wasting money on further lessons, we will look for cancellations for you EVERY 20 MINUTES of every day. Whch means you could have a test day in a matter of days or weeks, and NOT MONTHS !

For more details or to book a package call either 07772843239 or 01204 265055 TODAY

Alternatively Fill in the small form below and we will call you back.

Why do driving lessons cost so much

Whatever it is that has spurred you on to do it now, learning to drive is an exciting experience. However, let’s not beat about the bush, it’s also a potentially very expensive one too! On average it takes 30-40 hours or even more, worth of lessons to pass the practical test. Given that you can expect to pay anywhere between £18 and £32 per hour lesson, you can easily be spending upwards of £1200.
Now that might seem like a lot of money to pay someone just to keep you company while you drive around in their car for an hour or so a week. Ask any of my mates (honestly, I do have some) and they’d agree my company is not worth paying that much for. 


Perhaps £25 or so per hour or above sounds like a lot of money, it certainly is if you’re working minimum wage and juggling college, but the fact is that £25 (or whatever it is you have to pay) covers much more than that physical one hour lesson. I can assure you that not all of your hard earned cash goes directly into my pocket for lifes little luxuries, even though “Lady GDT” would like it to. 

So, lets be serious for a minute or two, what do you actually get when you hire a driving instructor? 



Don’t lose your relationship

For starters, I’m legally allowed to teach you !
First of all, you are paying for my training. You could no doubt get a friend or family member to teach you, and other than paying for their fuel and perhaps buying them a box of chocolates it probably won’t cost you anything, although in fact it could actually cost you a friend !!! (I’ll let you think about that for a while)…………………..

That’s great for your bank balance, what do you actually get out of it? They may well have been driving for 20 years, but can they teach? Are they up to date with the latest driving techniques, styles, and more importantly rules of the road (Did you know they have changed over the years). So you could actually be being taught incorrectly and goes against what is required to pass the driving test.

As an instructor I have spent up to £4,000 to qualify in the first place (not to mention all the ongoing training I go through on a regular basis). This ensures that not only am I capable of a high standard of driving myself, but that I have the necessary understanding and the skills to be able to teach you to drive, which is actually the important bit. That training sets me apart from someone that isn’t trained, it gives me an edge. It makes me a professional.
So ! Yes having paid for my training, and passed a series of tests to prove my worth so as to speak, this makes me legally allowed to teach you to drive.


FACT – The law states “Only Qualified Approved Driving Instructors (And authorised trainee’s, but that’s a different story) are allowed to take money or gifts for driving lessons”


route planning

route planning

The Lesson itself

I can assure you I don’t just turn up for your lesson and then make it up as I go along. Before your lesson commences I will have consulted notes from previous lessons, to check what we need to work on, and then and only then will I take some of my own time to find a route specific to your needs at any particular stage of your learning.


Business Costs.

insuranceCar Costs – The lesson charge also has to include a percentage that covers all of my day – day running costs for example supplying a suitable car, keeping that car serviced, making sure it is in a safe condition for your lesson.

Lets also not forget that cars don’t run on fresh air !! I need to put some diesel in.

Ooops yes, remember its illegal to drive on a UK road without a valid insurance certificate, so I have to pay for that every year also.

Marketing & admin and time off !

Choosing GDT as your preferred driving school, you will either have been recommended by a friend or you will have seen ad or web site somewhere, guess what ? These also cost me money, and yes you’ve guessed it there is a small proportional charge to cover that cost as well.

Being in full time employment has its perks you get paid holidays, sick pay unfortunately us self employed people dont have those luxury, if we want a week off or have to take some time off sick (You wouldnt want your driving instructor sat next to you being sick would you ) well, that’s unpaid, so hey, yep there’s a little bit added to your hourly rate to cover these circumstances (you don’t expect us to work 365 days a year do you ? ) 


Experience ? (surely that’s worth a bob or two as well)
Finally, you are paying for my experience, over the years I have taught many students, and not one of them learns in the same way. Everybody is different, for example some customers have a natural ability to drive so trust me we don’t teach them the same way as someone with Dyslexia or Dyspraxia and high anxiety. This means that I have found a way to quickly adapt to each new pupil, to ensure that they are taught in the way that works best for them; not for me. That is something that can only come with time and a lot of practice. It’s hard work that has already been done, but that you are going to benefit from immediately.

So, taking in all of the above it’s surely worth the cost of a lesson, isn’t it?

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