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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.

Offers, Bargains – Everything is not what it seems !

Buyer Beware !!! Let us help you understand some of those too good to be true introductory offers

buyerbeware10 lessons for £99, Guaranteed Pass I am sure you have seen these offers and thought Wow! What a deal I’ll have a bit of that…. But are they what they seem ? 

CAVEAT EMPTOR !!! Lots of you will have heard this before, a lot of you will know what it means, for those that don’t it translates into one of the most important sayings you could think of when choosing the right driving instructor in Bolton, Bury and surrounding areas. Caveat Emptor – “LET THE BUYER BEWARE”

Beware of what ?

There are so many different instructors out there, some are  multi car national driving schools, some are multi car local driving schools and some are single car driving instructors. Each of these are all trying to get you to join them and part with your cash with the goal of getting you your driving licence. 

Let me now simplify things a little bit for you, whether you choose a national driving school, or a multi car local driving school, your driving instructor will be a self employed local driving instructor working for him or herself. This industry does NOT employ driving instructors.

Have you tried Googling a driving instructor in your area for example “driving instructor bury “or “driving instructor Bolton” ? If you have you will receive in return 10’s of pages of driving instructors. Just because they are on page one of google, does not mean they are a better instructor than someone on page 10, it just means they are better at some techie stuff or are happy to spend money on getting onto that lucrative page, to find the right instructor for you then delve into some of those later pages, a couple of extra mouse clicks or screen taps could save you quite a bit of your hard earned cash.

You will have no doubt seen many offers to entice you to choose a particular driving school, and this really is where THE BUYER NEEDS TO BE AWARE ………lets take a look at just a couple of them

10 lessons for £99 

On paper and easy on they eye, this looks an absolutely fantastic offer, who wouldn’t want 10 hours of lessons for just £9.90 each. Before making that call and speaking to one of the nicest people you could want to talk to (this is unlikely to be your instructor and they are trained to get you signed up), check the terms and conditions first. 

This tends to be how your 10 hours for £99 looks in reality.

  • First two hours
  • Two further hours after 12 hours of full price lessons
  • Two further hours after 30 hours (What if you didn’t need this many hours)
  • Two hours on test day
  • Two hours of your PASS PLUS (after you have passed) (You will have to pay at least £100 to claim the other 4 hours of the PASS PLUS.
    All the hours and lessons taken in between these “£99” hours will be charged at full price.

So looking at the above does it now look as tempting an offer as it did originally ? If it still looks good to you, then please save some cash and go and book it.


Hey if someone can guarantee you can pass your driving test, they are either lieing, or are bribing an examiner. Nobody can take into consideration what happens on test day. However if you still fancy this offer then once again give them a call, but I would recommend getting that guarantee in writing.

So my warning to you before choosing any driving instructor be they a national school, multi-car local school or a solo driving instructor would be ;

  • Read between the lines of any offer
  • Check the small print
  • Ask to speak to your actual driving instructor, to see if you actually like him over the phone, if you don’t “click”over the phone you certainly won’t click in the car.

If you would like more information on how to find the right driving instructor for you there’s a great email guide here. “FIND THE RIGHT INSTRUCTOR FOR YOU”


Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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.


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.

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

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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SATS, GCSE’s, A-Levels and learning to drive.

Me.jpgWith another half term over and done with thousands of youngsters are now back at school and, if they are in Year 2 or Year 6, will be hitting preparation for their SAT’s with renewed vigour.

   Much has been made of standardised testing, that it’s more for the benefit of gauging the school and teaching abilities rather than the levels reached by children. Perhaps undue pressure is being placed on children; certainly no six year old should be crying because they worry about failing a test. However, a driving school blog is not the place to wax lyrical about the rights and wrongs of the English education system.

   That said, the spectre of teaching to the test, rather than simply educating pupils, is one that hangs over us driving instructors just as much as the primary and secondary school teachers. So trust me when I say teachers of the UK “we feel your pain”.

   Countless times I have heard that us instructors simply teach you how to pass your driving test. I don’t want to criticise my fellow instructors, but it’s true, some will take this approach; however, it’s short sighted, not to mention intensely dangerous. Your driving test is there to assess how safe you are on the roads – if you fail it is because your examiner believes you would pose a danger to yourself, and other road users, were you to be allowed to drive alone.

   Learning to drive is therefore much, much more than simply learning how to convince someone you have what it takes. Driving is more than the sum of boxes ticked on a spreadsheet and a combined score at the end.

   Like every instructor I want you to pass your test. Whilst charging you for every lesson does help pay my bills, I’d be a pretty terrible instructor if all I did was teach. At the end of the day you need to get out there and be able to do it on your own. However, I’d be an equally terrible instructor if all you had at the end of our time together was an ability to pass a test.

   I want you to leave the GDT car with that pass certificate in your hand knowing that you can drive. Confident in your own abilities that you genuinely have all the skills, knowledge and information at hand to be able to cope with the wide variety of different situations that are likely to be thrown at you throughout your time behind the wheel.

This is what all teachers want for their pupils and students – the ability to go out and function in the real world. To not just know what the answer is, but to understand why it is. We want to work to the speed of the person we are teaching, not to our own personal timeline, or an arbitrary one set by a governing body. Nobody learns well when the focus is purely on passing a test.

   If you let us teach you the way we know works, then you will pass.

Rachels passed her driving test


Rachel and Graham’s test pass selfie

We are rightly proud of all those that pass their driving test with us, however human nature says some are just that bit extra special. As this was when Rachel passed her driving test in Bury recently. I am not going to go into detail as to why as Rachels own words in her review of us says it all. 

What i will say is if you want something enough, then hard work, patience and perseverence are essential to reaching your goal, and that’s exactly how Rachel came home on test day with a full driving licence and a car waiting outside.

Well done Rachel, I know you will stay in touch and enjoy your driving now the test pressure is off.

Rachel said

“I spent 8 years trying to learn how to drive, I went threw many driving instructors and none suited me, I suffer with bipolar disorder and severe anxiety and this makes it difficult for me with new people in new situations but then I came across GDT and graham made me feel comfortable straight away, he was relaxed and completely understanding when I explained my condition and this put me at ease. It was a very long journey from me starting with Graham about a year and a half and he never once gave up on me or lost his enthusiasm for the lessons in fact he did everything he could to make things as comfortable as he could for me. There isn’t possibly a way I could express how grateful I am to graham for being such an amazing instructor and I know if it wasn’t for him I would not have gone on to pass my test. I would highly recommend GDT to anybody looking to start driving as I have done many times already, in my opinion Graham goes above and beyond for everyone he teaches and this is what makes him and GDT so special!”

Kirsty passes first time

A smiling Kirsty


A massive congratulations to Kirsty from Radcliffe who passed her driving test at the first attempt at Bury Test Centre

Kirsty took driving lessons in Bury and Bolton to ensure she had enough experience to have the best chance possible of passing first time. All the training paid off with smiles on test day from from all three of us (Kirsty, Graham her instructor and a big smile from the examiner too.

If you want to be one of the next to pass your driving test then call us today 01204 265055 or 07772843239 

Callums Done it !!!

Callum displays his test pass certificate

Well done Callum

It turned out to be roundabout heaven for Callum, who passed his driving test today at Chorley test centre. A great, controlled drive with some nice words from the examiner at the end.

Callum took his driving lessons in Radcliffe, Bolton and Bury so was prepared to take his test anywhere. Chorley test centre can be tricky due to the exceptional number of roundabouts that can come up on any given test. None of which phased Callum.

A massive well done from everyone at GDT especially your instructor Graham, hope to see you soon for some motorway driving.


Why choose GDT

Graham owner of GDT

Graham Evans (Owner GDT)

Choosing the right driving school can in someways be like finding a needle in a haystack. You will  undoubtedly have a whole range of questions you want answering before parting with your hard earned cash to a stranger, for example ?

1: Are they any good ? Well thats where you may have to do some research first. Anybody can tell you they are good, but are they really? The best way to find out has to be recommendations from other people or to look if they have had any reviews from previous customers. Obviously any one can create a review so they should be verified and if possible contactable.

Although the instructors pass rate is important, this can be a a bit of an ambiguous question as every one knows there are lies, more lies, and statistics. It really is easy to fiddle the figures to suit the situation.

2: How will I learn ? – Thats simple to answer choose us and we will teach you how YOU learn and not how we teach ? Everybody has their own learning style and it is our job to find out what yours is. If you arent taught how YOU learn, then you are likely to find it difficult and much more expensive.

3: How long will it take to pass my driving test ? – How long is a piece of string ? Learning to drive is a practical skill, and cannot be related to school and college A levels and GCSE’s (Do they still exist). eg We dont start in September and take the exam some 8 months later. The whole process takes, what it takes.  You can Google the question which will advise that for a brand new driver this will take around 45 hrs of professional training along with a further 20 odd of private practice.  However as I said earlier it takes what it takes, if we can get you their in less WE WILL. My promise to you is we will get you to test standard in as few hours as we possibly can. 


So why Choose GDT

1: We have a fantastic line of recommendations in fact 80% of our diary is filled with people who have been recommended to us from previous successful clients. If you visit our home page, at the bottom you will also see a large list of verified recommendations.

2: We will help you with every single aspect of getting on the road, in a way that no other driving school I know of will, we will help you.

  • Help you apply for your licence 
  • Give you online study for the theory test
  • We will book your theory test for you
  • When you are ready we will book your practical test for you 
  • When you pass you will be offered our unique package “Going Solo” to equip you with further skills Motorway, Busy Car Parks and loads more.
  • Once you have passed we will help you get the car you want via our 1stCAR partnership with LNK Motors, where you really can order the car you want !!!
  • When you pass we will also help you celebrate by giving you a meal at The Chinese Buffet (Who else will do that)
  • We will also give you a free hour of on the road driving advice, should you need it, to help you with your driving in the first 12 months of passing your driving test.
  • YOU will also be able to get a range of discounts with some local businesses with our once again unique to GDT Platinum Club
  • I almost forgot one of the most important things ! We are also really nice :>)


As you can see here at GDT we want you to have a pleasant experience in not only learning to drive, but for years of happy safe driving afterwards

Graham Evans (Owner ) GDT



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