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Coming Soon to a motorway near you ! – Learner Drivers

Driving lessons bolton, driving lessons buryFinally, 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.

  • Only fully qualified driving instructors can accompany a learner driver on a Motorway
  • The car must be dual control.

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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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.

Flirt, Smile, Manouvre

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Is this you at a junction ? Read on ………

Getting that all important pass is a huge step – and something that all learner drivers covet. Some people argue that it’s not until you pass your test that you actually learn to drive, of course, we’d dispute that; however, there are some realities of driving that may have passed you by whilst you still had the safety of the L plates to protect you.

As you become an experienced driver certain things will become muscle memory and automatic. We genuinely hope that doesn’t mean you’re any less alert, but instead that you feel more comfortable and confident in what you are doing. That means you’re also more likely to pay attention to other things that may have escaped your notice whilst you were worrying about biting points and clutch control.

One such reality of driving is the fact that you can seemingly wait for days before someone will let you out of a junction. All you want to do is get to work, all you have to do is get on to the main road, but first you have to find someone that is going to let you turn on to that busy road. Finding someone, during rush hour, that is in good enough a mood to slow down and let you out can seem like looking for the Holy Grail.

It’s one of those challenges that often doesn’t present itself until you are driving alone. The simple fact is that many of us are busy and often in a rush. Slowing down and helping out our fellow man (or woman) is not always on our list of priorities as we battle the school run or fight our way to the office. So how do you encourage someone to take a second out of their day to do you a favour? Well, how about this for an idea ?  try a bit of flirting :>) .

We’re not talking about winking, blowing kisses or anything as drastic but a nice bit of old fashioned eye contact and a cheesy smile won’t do you any harm. People behave differently when they know they are being watched, so if you are able to make eye contact with a fellow driver, they are statistically more likely to slow down and let you out. Equally, a smile will soften the heart of even the grumpiest driver who will no doubt reciprocate and feel obligated to be nice and helpful.

That said, some people do take flirting a touch too far and don’t use it to simply gain driving advantages when it comes to changing lanes are manoeuvring junctions. In a report conducted last year 41% of the 3,000 drivers asked admitted that they spent time flirting with fellow drivers when they should have been paying attention to the roads. A startling 15% had near-misses when it came to their flirtatious driving style.

It’s clear therefore that a bit of “common sense” is essential when it comes to the wink, smile, manoeuvre approach to driving. But what else can impact your ability to get let out when you need to? According to other reports if your car is particularly “flashy” you may find you have to wait longer than someone with a less ostentatious ride. Equally, if you do not look like you are paying attention then people are less inclined to stop to let you out, especially if they think it will take you a while to react.

Your best bet is to look alert (which you should be), lean forward (so that you look like you are ready to go) but do not actually edge out. Be visible, smile and acknowledge those who have taken the time to be kind.

Rachel passes first time with flying colours



Well done Rachel on passing her driving test first time today at Bolton Test Centre. A thoroughly well deserved pass after some hard work learning to drive with Graham and lots of practice with mum and dad in between.

The test is passed and you have your driving licence, now you can go to University stress free and start some more learning from scratch. 

A pleasure to teach and once again well done from your instructor Graham. 



Marcus passes first time


Marcus diplays his driving test pass certificate

Well done

 Two tests in one day for Graham, both customers coming home with their full driving licence. After Obies pass this morning it was Marcus’ turn this afternoon. A great drive around the roads of Bury culminating in a first time pass. All bad habits removed here’s hoping you dont let them sneak back in eh :>) 
Welldone from everyone at GDT especially your instructor Graham

Kirsty’ passes first time 

Look who’s passed this time !! Well done Kirsty on a fantastic drive from Bury test centre, allowing you to pass your driving test at the first attempt.

Kirsty took all of her driving lessons in Bury giving the added advantage of having lots of famliarity with her testing area. 

A pleasure to teach, always smiling even when being nagged by your instructor ? 

Well done from everyone involved with GDT especially your instructor Graham

After driving lessons bury, Kirsty dispalys her pass certificate

Well Done Kirsty

Well done Joanna

Joanna after a successful bury driving test

Well done Joanna

Well done to Joanna who passed her driving test this week with GDT. Joanna took her driving lessons around Bury with Graham, and successfuly passed her driving test at the first attempt. Joanna follows her brother Adam with a successful first time pass with Graham.

Sarah’s gone and passed her driving test

Sarah shows off he pass certificate

Passed !!!

Feeling really proud today as Sarah passed her driving test with a fantastic drive through the delights of Heywood, and Fairfield. No parked vans freestyling !!! Giving the examiner an easy decision at the end.

Congratulations from everyone at GDT especially your instructor Graham.


What Sarah had to say after passing 

“What can I say? GDT has got to be one of the best driving schools if not the best in bury! I have just recently passed my driving test with my instructor Graham! He is lovely and one of the nicest, genuine, most patient man to have lessons with. I can honestly say without Graham I wouldn’t have passed and certainly wouldn’t have had the confidence to pass both my theory and practical tests. I’m definitely going to be recommending GDT to all my friends and family. I’m going to miss my lessons with Graham but looking forward to starting my motorway lessons in the next few weeks! Thank you for everything Graham!!!!!”

Nicole starts 2015 with a first time pass

Nicole displays her pass certificate

First pass of 2015

Perseverence and effort pais off for Nicole who passed her driving test at the first attempt earlier this month. Nicole took her driving lessons in Bury and subsequently gained her full driving licence using Bury Driving Test Centre.

A massive congratulations from everyone involved at GDT especially your instructor Graham

Third party ? Are you really covered ?

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Are you covered

I recently started a new client, who after hearing his initial story made me stop and think a little as to how many people drive around in a car blissfully unaware that they are NOT insured.

I cant mention names etc however this new client came to me as somebody who had had their licence revoked due to accumulating six points on his licence within the first two years after passing his original driving test succumbing to the probation period regarding the “New Drivers Act”.

Gaining a new client for having the licence revoked isn’t anything new and happens far more than people think, normally though they have gained the six points due to speeding, mobile phone use or traffic light offences all of which tend to be £100 fines accompanied by three penalty points on the drivers licence.

This one though was different, which makes me think how many people have just got lucky! Our client had been awarded the full six points in one offence for driving without insurance, it sounds terrible but bare with me it’s not as simple as it sounds. He was driving somebody else’s vehicle and thought he was covered to third party status by his own insurance. Their policy stated that if over 25 years of age they were covered third party to drive any other Category B (Car) with the owners consent. The problem being our client was only 22 thus declaring this clause in his policy as void.

In years gone by it was common place to believe that your own insurance policy covered you to drive another vehicle (with the owners consent) to third party cover, however modern day insurance policies are vary wide and varied DO NOT NORMALLY OFFER THIS COVER AS STANDARD.


The moral of this story is, if you are currently sharing a car or have cause to drive another vehicle and you believe your own vehicle insurance is covering you third party CHECK YOUR POLICY NOW !!!!!!! as it is highly likely that you are not covered and are driving illegally. If you are stopped by the police or have an accident and are charged with not having any insurance the penalties are wide ranging

The police could give you a fixed penalty of £300 and 6 penalty points if you’re caught driving a vehicle you’re not insured to drive.

If the case goes to court you could get a maximum fine of £5,000 and or disqualified from driving

The police also have the power to seize, and in some cases, destroy the vehicle that’s being driven uninsured.

Now go check your insurance policy !!


Claire Passes her driving test in Bury

Claire with pass certificate


A massive congratulations to Claire who passed her driving test this week with GDT. Claire took her driving test in Bury, and passed with flying colours much to her own amazement.

No more one, one, one,one, wiggle , wiggle (Dont ask :>) )

Well done from all at GDT especially your instructor Graham

25% discount off carpet cleaning for GDT customers

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25% Discount available

Meet the  latest member of our Platinum Club. BCC (Bakewell Carpet Care).
As a GDT client and therefore member of the Platinum Club you are now entitled to a massive 25% discount with BCC. See dedicated Platinum Club page for full list of participating businesses.
Speaking from a personal point of view, I have NEVER met anyone as passionate about cleaning carpets as John, how anyone can be this enthusiastic about cleaning carpets and furniture is absolutely beyond me. If you ask him nicely he will proudly show you an array of before and after photographs of previous work.
For further information, visit the BCC web site http;//www.bakewellcarpetcare.co.uk or call john today 07549609876
Let John tell you all about what he does……