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Call yourself a driving instructor !

bolton driving schoolYes I do actually  …………..But thats just some of the polite comments lots of driving instructors are getting now, due to one of the major changes to the new driving test.

Welcome to our latest post in our mini series of blogs aimed at the new driving test which is coming into operation on the 4th Decemeber.
Have you spotted a number of driving school cars doing things that look a little odd ?  Or maybe thought ““what are you teaching that for ? That’s wrong and dangerous  ” 
Well you’ve probably seen a driving instructor covering one of the new sections of the new driving test.


In their ultimate wisdom the DVSA, the guys who create, monitor and conduct the driving test, have decided its time to add pulling over on the right hand side of the road to the driving test.

50-50 split

Now this  pulling over on the right hand side of the road has divided driving instructors across the country as to should it be in the driving test ? is actually safe to carry it out etc ?
I can’t actually say I am against it, although I’m not too sure why it has to be so added to the driving test.
Let me just clarify for you what is actually required for the driving test.
  • The examiner will ask the pupil to find somewhere “safe” to pull over on the right.
  • They will then be asked to reverse back 2-3 car lengths.
  • Once the reversing I completed they will be asked to drive away safely and join the traffic.


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Why this is now one of the new reversing manoeuvres is anyone’s guess, but it’s what the DVSA have added so we have to ensure that the manoeuvres is carried out to their exact specifications.
So can I ask that when you see a driving school car parked on the wrong side of the road, reversing, and then driving away, please, please don’t think that the instructor is doing anything wrong, they are just making sure that the learner driver is able to complete the task safely and in accordance with what is expected of them on their driving test.


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Edenfield Bypass now covered on independent driving on Bury driving tests

Edenfield Bypass

As you will undoubtedly be aware one of the biggest changes ever is coming to the driving test on December 4th this year. We have gone into detail recently on some of the changes, please feel free to look at some of our other posts.

One of the more interesting changes has to be the use of the Satellite Navigation System (Sat/Nav), with this undoubtedly will come a whole new set of official driving test routes. In a direct quote from the DVSA at a recent conference

we don’t want learner drivers just “pootling” around local estates and side, roads”

Here at Get Driving Today we couldn’t agree more. However using the word pootling was a little derogatory to learners, as they have to start somewhere before we send them flying at faster speeds. I am sure if you ask many a learner driver they find it harder on the housing estates than they do on some faster roads.

Anyway I digress, we are now fully aware that the new driving test routes taken in Bury will now include the possibility of driving at 70mph along the Edenfield bypass which has a National Speed limit stretch of 70mph, with other varying speed limits, now that’s far better than “pootling” around housing estates.

Where possible we have always tried to include this stretch of road in our lessons beforehand, as it allows us to cover as near to motorway driving as possible without actually going on an actual motorway so there is nothing really going to change in how we teach this style of driving.

Driving on this type of road is far different than driving and “pootling” around estates and town centres, so it is imperative that you get some form of practice on faster roads before driving your driving test.

Until next time – Drive Safe


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Learning to Drive in Bury Just Got a Whole Lot Cheaper

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Yes you read that correctly learning to drive is about to get cheaper and become a whole lot quicker process.

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 Why I here you say,

Well it’s all to do with the new driving test that comes into operation on the 4th December and the changes that are about to take place.


If you are already a full licence holder and lucky enough to have already passed your driving test, think back what manoeuvres did you have to practice to infinity with your driving instructor. How often did you lose the will to live reversing around corners just in case it came up on your driving test, because let’s be realistic who does it to that standard afterwards? Definitely not me.

Well the good news is from the 4th of December you will no longer be asked to carry out a pointless manoeuvre that just doesn’t happen in 21st Century driving and rest assured we won’t be teaching it any more (We will make sure you can turn the car around safely in any given situation, but different from what the current test asks).

So, it’s actually true !!! learning to drive and getting your driving licence is going to get cheaper, because you won’t be wasting any time on lessons trying to reverse around a corner. I think a rough estimate would be that 4-5 lessons can be wasted just to practice the left corner reverse and with that I am being conservative.

At Get Driving Today we don’t like you wasting any money so be assured you will only be practicing things will benefit your driving and not just something that might happen on your driving test.

If you or someone you know is thinking of learning to drive in 2018, who maybe has put off learning to drive because of cost or its too complicated, send them this article ( just click one of the sharing buttons below) and tell them to get in touch 01204 265055.

Keep your eye out for the second article in this small series of blog posts detailing how it’s now easier and cheaper when learning to drive.

Drive Safely (Graham Owner Get Driving Today)


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.

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. 



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″] 


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. 



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 !



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



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. 


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.


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.




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


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

Bury Driving Instructor Graham Evans

What its really like on a lesson with Graham

An independent view of a Bury Driving Lesson


Driving lessons can come in many guises depending on the type of instructor you choose. There can be those who are quite military in style where everything is do as I say and there are some that are quite easy going. Which of these types of instructor is best for you, well that’s down to how you learn and what you personally want from your instructor. There really is nothing wrong with either style.

What we have done though is made ourselves open to critique and asked an independent “passenger” to sit in the back of one of our lessons and ask them to write about what they saw and there opinions on how our lessons are conducted.

“What Kathryn actually said A couple of weeks ago I sat with Graham Evans, owner of Get Driving Today.
We were discussing modern day driving and that he’s pretty much seen all that I could imagine (and more) on the roads
I’m always looking for new ways to write blogs from a different perspective……..” Read the full story here 

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Mel passes her driving test

Mel displays her pass certificate outside Bury test centre

Congratulations Mel

A massive GDT congratulations to Mel on passing her driving test recently in Bury. A fantastic drive with some nice words from the examiner after the drive.

We all hope you enjoy your new found independence and save a whole heap of money on taxi’s

Mel took her driving lessons in Bury, Cheetham Hill and Whitefield, fully preparing her for her practical driving test.
Enjoy your driving and stay safe.

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