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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.

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



T: 01204 265055 OR M: 07772843239

Kathleen passes her driving test in Cheetham Hill

Kathleen Mottram pictured after passing her driving test in Cheetham Hill

Well done Kathleen


A busy time at GDT for test passes. This time we say WELL DONE to Kathleen Mottram. Kathleen had her driving lessons with Sharon Ashurst.

Kathleen had most of her driving lessons in Prestwich, Whitefield etc. Preparing her fully for her driving test.

A huge congratulations from not just your instructor Sharon but all the rest of the team at GDT.


Careless Driving Just Got Serious

Middle lane hogger

Middle lane hogger

On Friday August 16th there are a number of new driving laws that will come into effect that will undoubtedly cause much confusion and debate.

New powers have been given to the police to allow them to give on the spot fines for offences that have up to now had to go through the magistrates courts etc.

Much has been said about “middle lane hogging” on the motorway, and quite rightly too as this quite simply is lazy driving. If you are not overtaking or about to overtake another vehicle then you should be moving over to the left hand lane. However these new laws take in far more than just this one offence.

The legislation also covers those caught doing handbrake turns, wheel spins, forcing their way into an orderly queue of traffic, ignoring a ‘lane closed’ sign and getting into the wrong lane at a roundabout.’

However, in cases where there is no victim, they will be offered the opportunity to take a ‘driver awareness course’, costing roughly £100.

If they take this option they will avoid points on their licence plus an increase in the cost of their insurance premium.

Read below for a more detailed list of the new offences and their punishments !

Endorsable (includes points) fixed penalty notices rising from £60 to £100 include:

  • Using a mobile phone while driving
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Motorway offences, eg reversing on the motorway and driving on the hard shoulder, hogging the middle lane.
  • Neglect of traffic directions, eg jumping a red light
  • Neglect of pedestrian rights, eg stopping on a controlled crossing
  • Load offences, eg causing danger of injury to the number of passengers due to an unsecure load or articles in your vehicle.
  • Motorcycle offences, eg carrying more than one passenger.
  • In situations where the owner of a vehicle fails to identify the driver when an offence was committed, the fine will rise from £120 to £200 and points will be imposed. Where someone is caught driving without insurance, they will be fined £300, and increase from the current level of £200.


Non endorseable (no points) fixed penalty notices rising from £60 to £100 include:

  • Failure to wear a seat belt
  • Using a vehicle without a test certificate.

 Non-endorsable (no points) fixed penalty notices increasing from £30 to £50 include:

  • Neglect traffic regulations, eg as failing to give way
  • Negligent use of motor vehicle, eg not being in full control
  • Vehicle registration and excise licence offences, eg failing to display a tax disc
  • Motorway offences, eg stopping on the hard shoulder
  • Vehicle in defective condition, eg dirty and obstructed windows
  • Neglect of pedestrian rights, eg driving elsewhere than the road
  • Lighting offences, eg misuse of head lamps
  • Noise offences, eg sounding the horn at night
  • Carrying too much weight on board
  • Cycle and motorcycle, including cycling on the footpath and not wearing protective headgear.

Now you cant say you weren’t warned, Dont get caught out, don’t let your friends and family get caught, feel free to share this post below.

Thanks for reading







GDT welcomes Forever Bury to its Community Support Scheme.


Forever Bury Logo

Forever Bury

GDT are now working in partnership with “Forever Bury”, whereby any  member’s of “Forever Bury” who wants to pass their driving test and requires driving lessons can now claim 10% off all our driving packages (except Platinum) as stated on our web site.


Forever Bury came into being during the dark days of 2002 when Bury Football Club were in administration, with the very simple aim of trying to keep the club alive.


Since then they have become a whole lot more, and you can find out all about the society, the events they hold, and much more here on our new website. You can also find details of how to join the society yourself and to help make a difference to your local football club. Why not visit their web site to find out much more about the fantastic work they do in support of Nationwide club Bury FC. forever bury web site


Any Forever Bury Members who already thinking of learning to drive should call 01204 265055 or 07772843239 and quote “Forever Bury” on the initial booking.


Good luck not just to Forever Bury but to the whole of Bury Football Club from all at GDT for the forthcoming season.

If you are a member or know of any community group who would also like to offer a discount on our driving packages click here

Parking laws to change ?

Traffic Enforcement officer gives ticket on double yellow lines

Changes ahead ?

So the government are “looking into” allowing road users to park on double yellow lines if the stay is for less than 15 minutes ?

The main reason stated for the above change in regulations is to boost trade on the high st, allowing for quick stops to call into shops, which in theory is a good idea for supporting businesses.

Surely though we have to look at possible road safety issues, as why did they put the original double yellow lines down in the first place ? Will it stop pedestrians young people, old people you name it crossing between these “short stay” parked vehicles? Somehow I don’t think so.

Double yellow lines are in the main currently placed on roads with a heavy work load and help to ease congestion, how on earth will allowing 15 minutes grace relieve this congestion? The evidence for this can be seen by taking a look at the early morning, mid afternoon school runs. Parents park their cars for sometimes a lot less than 15 minutes in legal places, but it still causes congestion and hold ups throughout towns up and down the country.

Imagine 8:00am in the morning and 2-3 drivers stop to pick up their daily newspaper on a busy junction, and are followed around by a HGV who cannot pass due to road width and oncoming traffic.

Although in theory it may sound a good idea, I personally cannot see this really working in the real world, but as we know not too many politicians actually live in the real world, so undoubtedly some form of change is likely to be imminent.

Thanks for reading.



Full story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23488437

Win £50 Cash with GDT EVERY MONTH

Great new competition from GDT, you can now win £50 every single month, simply by referring a friend, or colleague to us.

Yes you read that correctly WIN £50 EVERY MONTH !!!!!!!!!! There is no limit to the number of entries or how many times you can win. Click for  Full Details

Dangeorus game to play at a pedestrian crossing

I remember when Monopoly and Ludo were popular with kids on Autumn / Winter evenings. I certainly wouldnt recommend allowing your children to play this game DANGEROUS !!!!!

Dangerous undertake

Crazy “foreign” HGV driver with a double trailor undertakes us whilst on a driving lesson in Bolton


The Eyes have it

What single most part of the body is the most important when driving? Quite simply this award goes to the eyes. Just think about it, if you haven’t seen a hazard / road sign etc how can you expect your hands / feet to steer or brake to deal with it?
So taking in the short statement above why on earth do most drivers ignore the condition of their eyes and therefore put themselves and other road users in unnecessary danger?

When do most people start to worry about their eyes if driving isn’t the main priority?

  • Struggling reading?
  • Always tired?
  • Headaches?

Just how many people understand just how dangerous this could be when driving. Lets look at each of the above problems.

Struggling reading – If you struggle to read a book or newspaper when sitting comfortably in your living room, how can you expect to read a road sign travelling in excess of 30mph?

Always tired
All of the main driving guidelines say you should take a break from driving after a couple of hours. However you are thinking of starting a journey, already at an alertness disadvantage.

How do you feel when you have a headache? irritable, tired, ? Ask yourself are these really the best personal conditions to start a journey from the driver seat.

History of the current driving eye sight check.

The current eye sight check for drivers has remained unchanged since its inception in the 1930′s. Ask yourself the following question, has driving changed since the 1930′s? I think you will find it most certainly has, we have more road signs to read, more drivers and other road users to identify and deal with. I wonder if the qualifying criteria for being a plumber, electrician, nurse or doctor has changed since the 1930′s.


FACT – If you are a class 2 driver PCV, LCV, HGV from the age of 45 you have to renew your licence (inclusive of eye site check and further medical) every 5 years up to the age of 65, where it is then renewable every year. However it is OK to transport your family, children, friends etc with just one check on the day you pass your driving test, which for some is over 50/60 years ago?


The DSA eye test is non-negotiable, even a letter from your optician stating that you have perfect eye sight will not overturn the examiners decision, if you can’t read that number plate, then that’s it test over and a “unsuccessful” driving test is recorded. What absolute and utter garbage that is, how does reading a number plate from a recognised distance really say your eye sight is good enough to drive? It’s a bit like saying if you can change a plug on a lamp or kettle that makes you a qualified electrician. Reading this next excerpt from “The Independent” proves that this part of the driving test is actually quite pointless and a more independent assessment is required.

David was an enthusiastic Motor Bike Rider aged just 24...

“Nothing in life prepares you for finding out that you are going blind. I had no idea there was any problem with my eyesight until I casually mentioned to my optician, at a routine sight test, that I struggle to see in the dark. She made a detailed examination of my eyes and said nothing, but I knew from the look on her face that she had seen something ominous. I was told to go back the following day for a visual fields test. This assesses peripheral vision, and involves staring at a central dot of light inside a darkened box and pressing a button each time you catch a glimpse of another dot of light, away from the centre point. I waited and waited, staring into blackness, detecting no flashes until the final stages of the test. My heart sank; I knew something was seriously wrong. The optician’s verdict began with those fateful words that only ever preface truly awful news: “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but…”

Sorry to tell me that my peripheral vision does not meet the standard required for driving. How did this happen? One minute, I’m happily reading the optician’s test chart to confirm, as usual, that my mild short-sightedness hasn’t got any worse, the next I’m losing my driving licence and my life is in disarray. It doesn’t get a lot worse than this, I thought. I was wrong. Full story here

Lets now take a look at your general health and well-being. As a driver has their been any changes in your health since you passed your driving test? For some this may be a matter of days, for others this could be many years. But think about it if you have passed your test over 10-15 years ago it is possible that some form of health problem has occurred and you have been to the doctor who has hopefully sorted it all out for you, so what about your eyes? Have they been checked ? Are they still good enough to pass the driving test standard ? If not WHY ARE YOU STILL DRIVING????

Heres a quick test :  can you comfortably read the times on a bus lane sign (10 metres before you get to it) at 30mph? If not please think about getting your sight checked.

If reading the above has not convinced you to make an appointment with your local optician the least you can do is visit the web site below and check your own eye sight.

and……… if that was ok why not take the following test? Click here

In closing this article surely its time that all relevant authorities got together and came up with some plan to ensure that every driver on our roads is in good health and not just driving on instinct or because they have simply got by accident free for the past few years.

New web site Update

Just a really quick update. The bulk of the new web site is now online. However I am experiencing one or two issues, mainly due to speed etc. I am hoping it is an issue with the guys who host the site and not something I’ve done.

For those who have already seen the site, you will notice it now has a much cleaner, crisper and simplified look.

More updates soon

Are you ready for your driving test ?

You will need to be able to demonstrate a safe and competant level of driving at all times. When you can confidently and consistently deal with all road and traffic conditions and complete each of the set piece manoeuvres first time, you are ready to take the driving test. Most importantly, you should be aware that you may pass the driving test! This means that you will be on your own from then on, no help or guidance from your driving instructor. When you feel confident to be able to do this – have a go.

What can you expect on the day?

Whether you go for the driving test in your driving instructor’s car or your own car, the driving test will be conducted in the same way.

First you will be asked for your documents by the driving test examiner – you will need your driving licence (with photo ID if you have an older driving licence) and you will need to present your theory test pass certificate.
Then you will be asked to sign a declaration form stating that the vehicle is insured for your use on the driving test. This should not be a problem if using a driving school car.

You will be asked to lead the way out to your car. You may ask for your driving instructor to accompany you if you wish.

Before you get into the car, you will be shown a registration number plate to read at about 20.5m (67ft). If you cannot read the number, the correct distance will be measured and you will be asked again. If you still cannot read the number, the test will have failed the driving test and you will need your eyesight tested.

You will then be asked two “Show me – Tell me” questions.
On successful completion of the show me tell me questions, the driving test examiner will invite you to make yourself comfortable in the car while he notes down the car’s registration number and checks the car’s roadworthiness.

Once the driving test examiner gets in the car, he/she will explain the rules of the driving test to you.
Basically, follow the road ahead unless road marking or signs direct your otherwise. If he/she wants you to turn off to the left or right, he/she will give you the direction in plenty of time. If you do not hear or do not understand the direction given, simply ask them to repeat it.
The driving test will last for approximately forty (40) minutes and will include the following conditions
Urban roads and back roads
Main roads possibly of a higher speed limit
Dual-carriageways up to national speed limit (70mph)
Country roads up to national speed limit (60mph)
You will only be expected to perform one (1) of the set piece manoeuvres on the test
Turn in the road (Three Point Turn)
Reverse into a limited opening on the left/right (Reverse around a corner)
Reverse Park – either in a car park into a parking bay or on the road behind a parked vehicle.

There is approximately a one in three chance of having to perform an emergency stop. This is NOT conducted on every driving test.

At several points during the driving test, you will be asked to park in a safe place and then simply pull away again. Possibly on a hill or from behind a stationary obstruction.

At some stage during the test the examiner will conduct a 10 minute session of Independent driving.They will ask you to either follow a series of directions or follow  some road signs or a combination of both.

At the end of the driving test, the driving test examiner will ask you to switch off the engine and will then inform you as to your success or failure.

Regardless of pass or fail, the driving test examiner will ask you if you wish the driving faults to be explained. This is always a good idea, especially if you have not passed, but even if you pass this may still be some useful advice.