When was the last time you got “STUCK BEHIND A LEARNER DRIVER” ! How did you deal with it, with patience ? Or did you get agitated ? Unfortunately most people will have answered with the latter.
Lets relate “learning to drive” with “learning a new language” – Will you be fluent and happy to mingle with the locals when you go abroad ? Or will you be nervous and worried about pronouncing something wrong ? Well thats just how a learner driver feels when they are out on the open road. Unlike learning a new language, where you can practice in private – you have to learn on the open road, which can be scary (A bit like going into a busy city abroad and needing directions but nobody speaks English).
When learning to drive, all the natural mirror use, gears, observations that you take for granted are not in the learner drivers muscle memory, so they have to think about each stage seperatley, you know like, when you try and speak your new language and you have to speak a whole lot slower than the locals.
I hope you’ve found this useful – but please be a little more patient when you are “stuck behind a learner.
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.
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.
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)
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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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
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
Yes you read that correctly learning to drive is about to get cheaper and become a whole lot quicker process.
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)
Finally, yes finally the DVSA, “they’re the guys that design, monitor, test and deliver the whole learning to drive thing” are allowing learner drivers on Motorways from 2018.
I can hear the gasps now, “OMG learners on Motorways there’ll be carnage” or “Whose Stupid idea was that”. Think about it though, how many people do you know who still haven’t been on a motorway or are nervous about using them ? I know quite a few, and that’s outside my professional circle. Surely its a good idea as long it’s not a free for all for anyone with L plates. Let’s also remember we have a brand new Smart Motorway opening up later this year so a little extra training wont go amiss, as I’m sure everybody will have some questions on how it works over the coming weeks. Or why not read one of our older posts WHAT ON EARTH IS A SMART MOTORWAY “I bet you’ve all forgot what its like to drive at 70mph on the M60″.
Here’s the good news, there are some extra regulations behind this decision.
So as long as the driving instructor is a sensible instructor and has fully prepared the learner driver for the motorway there really shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever. At least you won’t get stuck behind one going to slow, you can just use on of the “overtaking lanes”, “did you see what I did there ? I didn’t say middle lane or fast lane ? As I’m sure you all know those lanes don’t really exist”
For the full official story from those DVSA guys click here
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Learning 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 ….
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.
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 “
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.
Defying 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
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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
I 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.
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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We recently said goodbye to Sian, in the best way possible of course and that’s by getting her to pass her driving test at the first attempt.
Sian took the bulk of her driving lessons in Bury and Ramsbottom, fully preparing her for her driving test at Bury Test Centre.
All that is left to say is well done, congratulations and stay safe on the roads.
After her test Sian was good enough to leave us this fantastic review
“Passed my driving test today with Graham and I have to say he is an absolutely fantastic instructor who I would recommend him to anyone! He did everything that he could to make me feel at ease in the car and was so supportive through the whole process. When I first got into his car I didn’t have any confidence in myself, but thanks to Graham I now know that I can drive and that anything is possible! Such an amazing team and the best driving instructor out there…anyone and everyone should use Get Driving Today!
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At Get Driving Today we know you have a wide choice of instructors and driving schools to choose from so we are always looking for that little bit extra to offer you as a thank you for choosing us.
Passing your driving test is one of lifes goals you can strike off your list. So let us help you celebrate getting your driving licence with your friends and family with this exclusive freebie.
As a thank you for choosing “Get Driving Today” to learn to drive with, once you have passed your test we will send you and up to five friends bowling at AMF Bowling, The Rock Bury. No catches, no gimmicks. Just a great big thank you for choosing us.
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Congratulation today go out to Ashleigh who passed her driving test with as near to a perfect drive as you can get.
All of that is great news for mum who can finally have a lie in every morning without having to take Ashleigh all the way to Salford for work.
Congratulations from every one involved with Get Driving Today.