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How to choose the right instructor for you

How to Choose the right driving instructor for you ?

Did you know every driving instructor is different ?

Did you know every driving instructor has the same goal ?….. (You passing your driving test.

It really is so important that you find the right instructor for you ? You need to find one that suits your learning style, personality and your actual learning style. Do you know what your learning style is ? Are you a note taker, do you like to watch and copy or maybe you just like being thrown in at the deep end and learn from making small mistakes. A good driving instructor will find this out and will adapt his or her method to suit yours,  remember its your lesson not there’s.

Four Tips to Finding the perfect driving instructor for you.

Tip #1
Check they are qualified to teach….

A green certificate in the windscreen is the sign of a fully qualified instructor

A pink certificate in the windscreen means the instructor is still in training

No certificate displayed ILLEGAL INSTRUCTOR !!!! WALKAWAY Do not under any circumstances give them any money.

Tip #2

Try and find some reviews from “passed” pupils. Also look for a variety of people and find one that tells a similar story to yours. (You can view ours below)

https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/bury/business-guide/feature/gdt-/reviews/

Tip #3

Don’t necesseraley choose your instructor on price alone. The cheapest may not be the best instructor for you, and neither could the most expensive.

Tip #4 Shop around if you find an offer that seems too good to be true, then you wll need to check the snall print. (Watch the video, and Graham will tell you the main one to be careful of)

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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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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.

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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 “

 

 

 

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.

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Sara celebrates her pass

Sara passes first time

Sara celebrates her pass

Congratulations

A massive well done to Sara who passed her driving test at the very first attempt recently at Bolton Driving Test Centre. A fantastic drive with very few errors saw Sara go home with a full driving licence. Sara took all of her driving lessons in Bolton so was fully prepared for her driving test. Proving hard work and perseverance gives the end result everyone wanted.

The pass was also great news for Sara’s partner Gareth who instantly used his new taxi service for a trip to the pub. What better reason to learn to drive.

Well done from everyone at Get Driving Today and stay safe.

 

Wow! Lauren passes first time

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Well done Lauren

A busy test week for us this week and for the second day running we are celebrating another successful driving test. This time we are saying congratulations to Lauren who passed her test at Bolton test centre.

Lauren put a superb drive together for the examiner culminating with a happy trip home with her full driving licence. Lauren took her driving lessons in and around Bolton and Farnworth and was thoroughly prepared for her test.

That just about completes the set for the family with both Laurens mother and sister both passing their driving test with GDT.

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What on earth is a Smart Motorway

Smart Mway showing use of hard shoulder and speed restrictions

Smart Motorway

Lots of you will be aware of the extremely large amount of roadworks currently occurring on the regions main Motorway the M60 and onto the M62 towards Rochdale. Well unless you have lived in a box or a just simply blissfully unaware of any goings on they are changing it to a “Smart Motorway”

So what on earth is a “Smart MotorWay”

A smart motorway uses technology to actively manage the flow of traffic. The technology is controlled from a regional traffic control centre. The control centres monitor traffic carefully and can activate and change signs and speed limits. This helps keep the traffic flowing freely, using the hard shoulder at busier times to help keep the traffic flowing.

Smart motorways increase the capacity of the road, without the expense and hassle of widening the road, by either temporarily or permanently opening the hard shoulder to traffic. 

Beware of the RED CROSS

No, not the international aid charity, they do fantastic work. We are talking about a Red Cross above your lane. IF this displays on a Smart Motorway then you must move out of that lane as soon as it is safe, if you don’t then you risk a fine.

Watch your Speed.

Smart Motorways are monitored 24×7 and are aware of not just traffic accidents but also the weight of the flow of traffic. So depending on incidents and traffic flow the speed limits will change accordingly, so please don’t fall into the trap of the speed limit yesterday was 70, so it must be 70 today, an inicident or a busier time of day may change this limit.

Its dead easy to find out the speed limit as this will be clearly displayed on the many overhead gantries, so there will be no excuses for exceeding the current limit

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Abby passes first time ! 

Abby and Graham celebrate a a first time pass

A massive congratulations to Abby, who passed her driving test at the first attempt today at Bolton Test Centre.

A great drive with a strange finish, but still coming home with a full driving licence.

Abbi took her driving lessons in and around Bolton to fully prepare her for the practical test.

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

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