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Intensive Driving Courses – Learning Difficulties

BIG TOM Driving School provides Intensive Driving Courses in Peterborough, Grantham, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford and Bourne (0800 689 4174). This blog looks at how a pupil with a learning difficulty is affected when learning to drive. In particular, this blog expands on dyslexia, what it is and how it affects pupils.

Dyslexia is what is termed as a “specific” learning difficulty, as is Dyspraxia, Autism, Dyscalculia and ADHD. It is a neurological learning difference. The word dyslexia itself has two roots, “difficulty” and “words or language”.   It is hereditary and currently untreatable. Whilst it is not guaranteed to affect all members of a family through the generations, it is currently estimated that 1 in 10 of the population is dyslexic. Whilst the term dyslexia has a rather negative feel about it as it is describing a difficulty, many dyslexics are very creative thinkers and it is widely recognised that this characteristic can be very much a positive distinction.

People with Dyslexia will have dominant right brain activity which is somewhat of a flaw when it comes to processing words and language as that is predominantly a left sided brain activity. However, as there is a need for continual exchange of processing words and language between the left and right side of the brain, a dyslexic will have some difficulty with that exchange. A dyslexic person in general terms will not favour learning by hearing so on our intensive driving courses we make a point of favouring visual and kinaesthetic learning styles. Here are some typical characteristics that can be encountered, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list:

  • Whilst long term memory is very good, short term memory can be poor. Remembering sequences, orders of numbers or letters, and times/dates can be troublesome. As such, we don’t make excessive use of tight structure when learning driving actions and sequences.
  • Reading may not be a strong point, so we can provide an alternative study aid for the theory test study that provides an alternative to reading from books or computers.
  • Spelling can be a challenge, as such whenever we ask a pupil to reflect on their learning progress so far, we would favour verbal reflection rather than written. We specifically do not make judgement or criticize any spelling errors that might surface on the course.
  • Motor skills can cause difficulty – co-ordination of hand control, multi-tasking between hands and feet driving actions. Handwriting, use of the gear lever, signal and wiper controls can all be challenging and is best managed with bucket loads of patience from the driving instructor.
  • “Visual stress” is something that we take into account whenever we show a pupil anything in the in-car training on our intensive driving courses. We pay attention to colours and font styles.

One of the key goals that we strive to achieve on our intensive driving courses is to build a relationship with our pupil where honest, open communication is encouraged. Whilst it is generally recognised that not all children and young adults will necessarily be aware of having dyslexia, there will be a need to be taught differently, so it is essential to develop a relationship where the trust and respect between instructor and pupil enables the necessary adaptions to be made. It is reasonable to expect there to be a longer period of time required to learn to drive, and having this open channel of communication assists in keeping the learning environment calm, stress free and positive.

At BIG TOM Driving School we have experience of teaching pupils with a range of specific learning difficulties and recognise there is often overlap between them, as well as teaching profoundly deaf and deaf-mute pupils.

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Driving Instructor Training – New Career

This is typically the time that people start to review their occupations and review how satisfied they are with the home/work life balance. It can be daunting to consider a new path of Driving Instructor training and this blog aims to provide some light on the many unknowns that regretfully often put people off from discovering an occupation that offers flexibility of hours, job satisfaction and financial reward.

Continuing on from the popular BIG TOM blog about Driving Instructor training that provided you with a 20 minute questionnaire looking at how suited you are to this new career, a real life Case Study to reflect on, and the industry pass rates to qualify, now in this blog, I will be focussing on some of the typical questions that PDI’s (Potential Driving Instructor) often ask before starting the training.

Question: How long will it take?

Answer: The qualifying process can be turned round within a short number of months with some careful planning. Typically, people take between 1 – 2 years if they are fitting the training around their own work/home commitments; our last instructor took 9 months and 24.5 hours of training. Whilst there can be more to Driving Instructor training than the Part 1, 2 & 3 tests, the number of hours that you will need for each varies depending on previous related experience, driving ability, and prior theory knowledge. I would advise you to beware of a learning programme that tells YOU how many hours you will receive; this approach is not client centred as by its very nature, it is treating all clients like they are the same, with the same needs. All of us come into the profession with our own strengths and weaknesses, and being aware of those will help to plan an appropriate learning programme – this piece of advice can save you time & money!

Question: How much will it cost?

Answer: The answer to this question will very much depend on the training needs identified in the previous question; the most recent instructor paid £980 for his training. It is not uncommon for some people to need very little assistance for Parts 1 & 2. However, in much the same way with learning to drive, there is a risk associated with setting yourself a cap on time or financial allowance, as the path you take will be individual to your needs. If you ask around, you will hear of ADI’s (Approved Driving Instructor) spending between £1000 – £4000. Be careful here though, you are considering starting a new business and any new business will have needs that fall outside the Part 1, 2 & 3 assessment scope – being technically able to use effective marketing for your new driving school is not to be underestimated.

Question: Who should I go to for my Driving Instructor training?

Answer: You would do well to spend some time researching the options that you have available. From personal experience many years ago, bigger most certainly does not necessarily equate to better. The progress that I made in my own qualifying period was severely restricted by the work schedule of the national organisation that I selected. I ended up having to do my Part 2 training many miles away from my home just so that I could be trained sooner rather than later, and even then it took me a year to qualify. With large organisations can come inflexibility and waiting lists. Beware contracts; do read the small print, often organisations will be wanting you to sign up to a specified number of hours training that it will be impossible for you to change after you have formally agreed to it. A trusted, reliable, good quality provider of training will not need to use these tactics, they will be able to retain their clients because they are providing a transparent, well conducted service that clients can see is providing value.

Question: Will I be able to fit my Driving Instructor training around my normal daily schedule – can I train on weekends?

Answer: You certainly would be able to at BIG TOM Driving School but this is something that will need to be checked thoroughly with other providers. Regarding the in-car training you will need to check if you are picked up/dropped off at your home address, where your training will take place, over what duration per session, whether you will be the only PDI in the car at the time. These are all important considerations to check out because crucially they affect the learning environment. Ensuring you have a comfortable, enjoyable learning environment is often overlooked and can be a source of regret at the time and after the experience.

Question: Do I have to buy a new car to set myself up once qualified?

Answer: Certainly not! To run a reliable service that customers can trust and become to depend on you, your driving school car will need to be in good working order, but nowhere does it say you have to be in a brand new car. A frequent reason for newly qualified ADI’s struggling to stay in business initially is due to being committed to high weekly/monthly payments that include a brand new driving school car – it is an easy trap to fall into, and entirely avoidable

BIG TOM Driving School is recruiting for new Driving Instructors NOW!

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 20/11/15

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  • According to LCC the gritters treat 1,869 miles of roads in the county – just over a third of Lincolnshire’s entire 5,500 mile road network.
  • Baston Parish Council discloses findings from interactive speed signs that proves that 1% of 50,000 vehicles travel at over 45 mph (5mph + over the speed limit) through Baston.
  • A parking scheme survey has been undertaken in Grantham conducted by SKDC and could result in local residents being forced to pay to park in their streets in order to guarantee a place.
  • BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne is proud to be associated and support the festive plays at Bourne Corn Exchange this Christmas – enjoy the show!
  • Safety issues for Elsea Park residents in Bourne continue to mount with news that residents living in the most recent new-builds have no means of walking other parts of the development resulting in pedestrians walking along a busy by-pass with no footpath. This is the same development that has previously been reported for not finishing roads to a reasonable standard, with high kerbstones and raised drain covers. It also is the same development where according to representatives of the Elsea Park Trust, the Highway Agency decided not to paint any white lines marking junctions – apparently an initiative that raises road safety.
  • There are continued complaints about the parking charges at Stamford Hospital. Comparisons are being drawn with the charges that have been in place at Peterborough for years now.
  • A 21 yr old male resident from Stamford has been charged with dangerous driving and 5 counts of causing serious injury through dangerous driving due to the cruise incident at Orton Southgate, Peterborough on 8/8/15
  • Age Concern in Deeping are asking for volunteer minibus drivers to assist with the transport needs of elderly residents (01778 344935 or 01778 348987).
  • Collyweston Parish Council are asking for volunteers to assist with a community speed watch – sign on at the village shop.
  • Local Councillor at Kings Cliffe Parish Council raises the issue of inconsiderate driving and parking in the village.
  • A 25yr old male driver from Leighton Buzzard was seriously injured late on Saturday night on Kings Clifffe Road, Wansford, when his vehicle left the road and hit a tree.
  • Donations continue for the female driver from Werrington who was involved in the head on accident on a Peterborough parkway. Her 2 young sons have been offered VIP treatment at a Posh home match and invited to the Junior Posh Christmas Party.
  • A male suffered serious injury after a collision on the A15 nr Yaxley at 7am on Tuesday.
  • Peterborough Mags Court have sent a death by dangerous driving case to the Crown Court. It involves the fatal accident of young male cyclist 2 days before Christmas Day last year, on Storey’s Bar Road.

 

 

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How Well Am I Learning To Drive?

Are you finding that learning to drive is a very expensive process? When you ask yourself about driving lessons “How well am I learning to drive?”, you are oiling a very important cog in the machinery of ‘learning to drive’. This blog will give some details how this important process of raising self-awareness can literally save you lots of money.

The old style of sitting in the driving seat and waiting for your Driving Instructor to tell you what you are going to do on your driving lesson, where it will happen and then how you will do it, is just that…. old. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency monitor all Driving Instructors and they would frown upon this approach to teaching driving lessons. The reason why is because it is globally recognised that a person learns best when they are given the opportunity to learn in an environment that suits them. If one person is learning more effectively than another, then this has enormous benefits. The depth of learning is deeper; people will be more inclined to remember why and how they need to do a certain driving action – ultimately because they had a say in how they learnt it, it actually meant something to them. And the other major benefit that the DVSA are particularly keen to see on driving lessons is that the learning will be much more long-lasting. Their research suggests that far too many people who have passed driving tests are either having accidents soon after passing, or don’t actually feel too confident with driving on their own.

Wipe away any visions of teachers standing at the front of the class and you having to write down word for word what the teacher is saying. A driving lesson is a 1:1 learning environment, it can be, and should be, a much more personalised learning experience. Typical questions that might be asked of you in a driving lesson will include:

  • Did you get anything out of your last driving lesson? What do you remember went well?
  • What are you wanting to cover today in your driving lesson?
  • Where was the car positioned in the road, as you approached that last roundabout?
  • Do you have a preference of 3rd or 4th gear at 30 mph?
  • How does that noise the engine makes when you move off make you feel?

 

It is perfectly ok to answer those questions with the following responses:

  • Can’t remember actually, oh I’m so tired, I was up until 2am last night – I can’t even remember my last driving lesson.
  • No idea, whatever you want.
  • Search me, to the left I think, may have been to the right.
  • *Yawn* No, I’ll just put it in the gear you tell me to.
  • *Glazed eye stare* No response

As you can see, there is a certain degree of self-responsibility that comes with maximising your learning experience. This is unlikely to appeal to everyone. Some people literally do like to just do what a Driving Instructor says, not have to think very much about answering questions, or learning why they are being encouraged to do something, their attitude is….. what will be, will be. The degree of self-involvement is a personal thing.

Grace is a pupil of BIG TOM Driving School and recently started driving lessons in Bourne having not had any previous driving experience at all. After having done 4 driving lessons she asked if her friend could accompany us in the car, this is what Grace had to say after that driving lesson:

“When I got in the car with Tom and my friend I was anxious at first because I thought I might mess up but when in the car, myself and my friend came up with an idea to have her direct me around Bourne. At the end of the driving lesson I felt so much more at ease and comforted by the fact my friend was with me. She gave me the confidence I needed, I didn’t feel like I needed to impress her at all. She made me feel so proud of myself after. After the lesson my friend said how safe she felt with me and how proud she was of me, it really made me feel as if I’d accomplished something”.

What price would anyone put on receiving those benefits Grace speaks of? You can choose to have no involvement at all on how you learn to drive, or you can choose to take some responsibility for what happens and as Grace shows here, the benefits to you will be clear to see.

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 14/11/15

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  • The driver who was seriously injured in a crash involving a 97 yr old driving the wrong way up a Peterborough dual-carraigeway is likely to remain in hospital over Christmas. A friend has opened a fund to help the injured lady who has 2 young children of 7 and 4 years of age.
  • Thurlby Parish Council are requesting that the LCC Highways traffic survey scheduled in the Spring 2016 of the A15 Horseshoe and Waterside junctions be brought forward.
  • New parking provisions and updates to pedestrian crossings costing £400,000 have been completed in Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough.
  • A 20 yr old male driver from Surfleet was given a 12 week jail term, 150 hours unpaid work community order, banned from driving for 2 yrs, £165 fine and an extended driving test order from Boston Magistrates Court. He caused a head on crash while dangerously overtaking a bus on London Road, Boston.
  • A lorry overturned on Saturday 7/11/15 on the Fletton Parkway, Peterborough near the Hampton turning.
  • A car was set ablaze in the early hours of 8/11/15 in Benland, Bretton, Peterborough, and a scooter was set alight on Tuesday just after mid-night in Fulbridge Road, Peterborough.
  • Yesterday a driver from Whittlesey was handed a 20 month driving ban at Peterborough Magistrates Court after driving into a ditch and being found to be over twice the drink drive limit. Fined £785.
  • In 2014, a record 40,000 tonnes of grit were used to treat Lincolnshire roads.
  • BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne are offering interested parties in becoming driving instructors to come forward. LINK HERE.
  • The new red “ER” signs being seen cropping up on the A52, A17, A16 and A151 at Grantham, Bourne, Spalding, Grantham, Long Sutton are flood evacuation route signs. Due to the 2013 floods, LCC emergency planners have identified the best roads to use in the event of evacuating homes, and erected these distinctive red signs at a cost of £105,000.
  • On Tuesday 10/11/15 2 women were injured after a 2 car crash on A607 nr Peashill Lane, Harlaxton.
  • Pip Dunn arranged an enormous DAF truck to be parked at Ayscoughfee Hall School for Yr 6 children to appreciate the size of a bike in comparison to it for their Bikeability training.

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 6/11/15

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  • A 48 yr old male from Thurlby who sped from Police in Bourne, and subsequently was found to be drink driving has been jailed. He was driving unsupervised on a provisional driving licence and had over 50 previous driving convictions inc drink driving and driving while disqualified. Jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for 3 yrs.
  • Drivers are being urged to refrain from undertaking gritters by using the hard shoulder after video footage warns of an increasing trend of impatience by drivers. http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/travel/latest-travel-news/video-drivers-warned-about-undertaking-gritters-following-serious-crash-with-hgv-1-7048705
  • Ruskington resident is charged for drink driving after veering off the road and hitting a house in Sutterton.
  • Locals of Cowbit Road, Spalding continue to complain of speed motorists who come off the A16 bypass and drive onto the Cowbit Road but do not reduce their speed despite it being a 30mph restriction.
  • Firecrews had to use specialist equipment to release a lady in her 60’s who was trapped under a Mitsubishi Colt at Oxney Road Sainsburys car park, Peterborough on Thursday evening.
  • An inquest into the death of a Bourne man who while driving collided with a skip lorry on the A15 in April has been inconclusive in its findings. Whilst there were traces of cocaine in his body, it is unknown as to why he veered from the southbound lane into the path of the lorry travelling north, just after the Market Deeping roundabout. A dog also in the car at the time died as a result of the accident. The vehicle had been travelling at 45mph south through Baston, and the driver of the lorry had seen that the man who died did have 2 hands on the steering wheel but his head was looking down immediately before the crash. It is unknown whether his actions were deliberate due to depression with the prospect of a likely prison sentence for a pending court case.
  • BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne announces Customer Charter http://www.bigtom.org.uk/big-tom-driving-school-customer-charter/
  • 23 yr old female resident from Sleaford drove off at speed to avoid a Police Officer taking her car key from the ignition with the Officer still leaning inside the drivers window. Banned from driving for 12 months, £210 fine and tagged for 4 weeks.
  • 38 yr old male from Bourne was found guilty of driving without insurance or MOT – 6 points on his driving licence and £811 fine. Another 38 yr old male from Bourne admitted to speeding and was fined £145 and 3 points added to his driving licence. A 19 yr old male from Baston was convicted for drink driving, fined £375 and banned from driving for 12 months.
  • The A15 between Aslackby and Folkingham was closed on Thursday due to a 7 vehicle collision including a motorbike. A large quantity of oil was spilt as a result and Police are attempting to identify the cause of the accident.
  • Fletton Parkway in Peterborough (westbound) was closed for nearly 3 hrs this morning (Friday) after a Vauxhall Opel veered into the central reservation for reason not yet known, causing a large oil spillage.
  • A male driver suffered serious injuries requiring immediate specialist roadside A&E care after driving off the A52 nr Ropsley and hitting a tree.
  • A road rage incident in Spalding results in a driver of a van reversing and hitting another driver and making off.
  • A male suffered neck injury after a 2 vehicle accident in Holbeach at 3.55am on Wednesday.

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 31/10/15

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  • No reported accidents by Police or fire crews in Peterborough on Wednesday morning despite torrential downpour of 19mm of rain – half of a months expected rainfall in just a few hours, causing widespread hazardous driving conditions.
  • Baston Parish Council declares no less than 9 sites for their speed signs to be positioned.
  • A 24 yr old female driver was arrested for dangerous driving in Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough at 11.40 pm on Wednesday night after hitting a cyclist causing head injury.
  • 24 yr old from Deeping St James fined £415 and driving licence endorsed with 6 points after driving in Market Deeping with no car insurance.
  • Resident in Sutton Bridge calls for tighter parking restrictions after collision with moped at Granville Terrace with Bridge Road – a notoriously hazardous junction due to legally parked vehicles in front of Tears Garage
  • Car crashes into power station nr Ortongate Shopping Centre, Peterborough affecting lighting to 4 major roadways and subways in the area.
  • “Covert” Archer speed check surveys are being promised in Spalding and Holbeach – and is said to often result in enforcement action as a consequence.
  • 3 vehicle collision on A1 southbound nr South Witham on Thursday.
  • Farmer thanks motorists for assisting when 3 cows escaped from a field on the A47 nr Uppingham on Tuesday.
  • 23 yr old male from Lincoln is disqualified from driving for a year after failing to report an accident in Thurlby, £745 fine.
  • Bourne Town Council are asking for volunteers to help spread salt over the winter months to keep pavements free of ice.
  • Councillor at Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council requests the council to ask to be involved in the proposed traffic survey.
  • 29 yr old female from Spalding fined £515 for entering Peterborough to Spalding train without a valid ticket.
  • S Luffenham Parish Council announces closures to the Station Road level crossing due to works starting weekends from 16/1/16 – 6/2/16
  • Call for average speed cameras on A16 stretch from Spalding to Crowland after 8 fatalities in 5 years. BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne makes every effort to include this hazardous stretch in driving lessons as seen HERE from 7/10/15.
  • The 97 yr old female who died 2 weeks ago after driving the wrong way on a Peterborough parkway has now been named by Police and was a Peterborough resident. The condition of the other female driver who she hit head on has worsened, and is now described as “critical”.
  • 38 yr old male from Bourne fined £950 and 6 points on driving licence for failing to give driver identification.
  • Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough is to be reduced to 1 lane outside of rush hour, while essential gas mains works are carried out through November finishing on the 23rd.
  • Notice has been given of road closure restrictions to North, West and South Streets in Bourne and Abbey Road on 8/11/15 due to Remembrance Day Event.
  • Views are being sought for a Local Transport Plan for Peterborough’s transport needs in the next 5 years www.peterborough.gov.uk/LTP

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 23/10/15

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  • The road surface of B1359 at Gedney Dyke is due for repair starting 26/10/15 – 4/11/15
  • Local resident in Spalding complains of cracks in her house being due to speeding vehicles travelling over traffic calming measures directly outside her home.
  • 42 yr old male motorcyclist from Bourne dies after collision involving white van on A15 in Baston.
  • Peterborough Highways Services makes effective use of new technology to drastically reduce costs of repairing pot-holes.
  • Emergency work nr Springfield Rd Railway Bridge, Grantham from 7.30 pm 23/10/15 – 7.30am 24/10/15
  • Stamford Hospitals Trust are seeking the views of locals regarding car parking fees at their hospitals.
  • 3 motorcyclists involved in collision on Sankt Augustin Way, Grantham on Wednesday night.
  • Bourne parent expresses anger at long waiting times for driving tests. Click HERE for more.
  • Over 2000 vehicles were clocked doing over 40 mph in Spalding Road, Holbeach over a 2 week period in September 2015. One was clocked doing 85mph in the max speed limit of 40mph. The majority of the speeding occurred between 11pm – 6am and at weekends.
  • 3 vehicle crash at High Dyke, Ancaster Thursday morning.
  • According to LRSP no fewer than 118 Lincs Parishes now part of community speed watch.
  • A17 Heckington bypass partially closed after lorry strikes bridge on 23/10/15
  • 18 yr old biker collides with VW Golf on Tuesday in Pinchbeck and is taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston with serious injuries.
  • Over 20 reported cases of verbal/physical abuse to LCC Highways Alliance staff over 2 yr period due to roadworks being carried out.
  • Local driving instructor in Bourne Tom from BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne continues search for driving instructors to satisfy demand for very popular BIG TOM intensive driving courses [contact info@BIGTOM.org.uk]
  • The age-old question of whether there should be an age limit for drivers re-surfaced in the week due to the 90 yr old driver losing her life after a head on accident when driving the wrong way up a Peterborough Parkway – previously reported HERE

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 17/10/15

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  • An inquest was held into the death of a 93 yr old male who died after a collision on the A15 just south of Sugar Mill roundabout, Bourne. The coroner concluded that it was “more rather than less likely” that it was as a result of cardiac problems just prior to the collision.
  • The inquest into the death of a 49 yr old male who was trapped and died when a forklift truck he was driving tipped over, concluded it had been an accident, probably due to the forklift truck driving over a tyre. The driver had not been wearing a seat belt at the time, it is not known if he tried to intentionally jump from the cab as the truck tipped over or whether he was thrown from the cab involuntarily.
  • Vehicle left the A151 at Twenty and drove into a ditch at 1.30am last Sunday – no injury to driver.
  • A male pedestrian (20 yrs) suffered serious head and chest injuries on Sunday evening, after being hit by a car, while he walked across the zebra crossing near Sainsbury’s in Oxney Road, Peterborough.
  • Two vehicle collision on A15 near Aslackby just after 8.30pm last Saturday. Two people had to be cut free by fire crews.
  • A further application has been received to demolish the old Lord Nelson pub at Morton on the A15 and build a shop. The initial application was rejected on the grounds of causing traffic congestion on an already hazardous crossroads junction; it was appealed and subsequently rejected again by a planning inspector. There has now been a second application lodged. Councillors have decided to defer a decision and commission an independent traffic survey to give more data on the possible impact a shop would have on the traffic. They have also requested representation from the LCC, the Principal Highways Officer, to give further information on the option of traffic lights at the crossroads. This was the option previously recommended by the LCC some time ago now, which the Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council chose to decline.
  • Male driver (65 yrs) from Spalding is facing drink driving charges after crashing into a telegraph pole in Pennygate on Monday.
  • The court case of a 21 yr old driver from Colsterworth resulted in an 18 month ban and £375 fine. He was discovered asleep in his car on 6/9/15 by Police at 5.15am outside a friends house. The driver stated that the previous evening he had lost his friends while out drinking, and had driven the 1.5 miles to his friends house. The Police did a breath test, and he was twice the legal limit.
  • A female driver in her 90’s died on Tuesday morning having driven the wrong way on the A47 Soke Parkway in Peterborough, and collided with another vehicle head on. The driver of the other vehicle also has serious injuries. It is believed it may have been the birthday of the driver who died. Whilst the collision occurred near the entry slip road on to the parkway, it is not known as yet, why or how the female driver came to be driving in the wrong direction on the dual carriageway.
  • Driving school in Bourne, BIG TOM Driving School continues to seek suitable hard surfaced land for under 17 driving experience, after local farmland in Baston nr Waterside Garden Centre proved unsuccessful. To discuss regular earnings from unused land telephone driving instructor in Bourne, Tom on 0800 689 4174 .
  • A Councillor at Grantham has requested an extension for free 30 mins parking in the town centre to 1 hour in an effort to please shoppers and retail businesses.
  • The funeral for a 19 yr old female student took place at Boston crematorium on Wednesday – she had died after a collision on the A52 on 1/10/15
  • A male driver from Grantham was seen by Police standing outside of his car, with engine running, at the Meres Stadium at 3.45am on 13/9/15. He had denied drinking prior to travelling to the The Meres but a bottle of whiskey was discovered in the footwell. Disqualified from driving for 20 months and £570 fine.
  • LCC is considering piloting a school safety scheme whereby a van installed with cctv will monitor parking outside the county schools at pick up/drop off times.
  • A driver made off after hitting a pedestrian at the mini-roundabout on the A1175 and A1621 at Stamford on 9/9/15 – Police are appealing for witnesses who may have possibly seen a dark Audi concerned.
  • Grantham Magistrates court heard a case involving a 19 yr old student from Baston, who was driving home at 5am on 4/9/15 when his car broke down on the A15 near Market Deeping. He started walking home, but was offered a lift by a passing motorist who drove him home, but noticed the student had what looked like 2 guns in his back pockets, and called Police. They were in fact bb guns, but Police breathalysed the male and he was over the limit. Disqualified for 12 months, £375 fine.
  • A 34 yr old male driver overtook an unmarked police vehicle on the A1 and clocked doing 120mph. When stopped near Foston, on 12/9/15 he was found to be over the drink drive limit. Banned for 18 months, fined £510.

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 9/10/15

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  • Mother from Bourne appeals for a change to traffic arrangements outside Westfield Primary Academy. In response, LCC Highways Manager requests parents do not park within the already established school safety zone.
  • Tom Ingram, Driving Instructor in Bourne (BIG TOM Driving School) gets DVSA response at Driving Instructor conference regarding waiting times on driving tests at Grantham Test Centre for pupils taking driving lessons in Bourne.
  • A47 blocked at junction with A15 due to three vehicle collision – no injuries.
  • Male driver (43 yrs) of Bourne pleaded guilty to exceeding 40mph speed limit. Disqualified from driving for 6 months, fined £322
  • Grantham resident publicly questions whether FOI Act will allow information to be given about how many potholes in Grantham have been filled by LCC. Councillor in charge of Lincs Highways states there is not enough money to maintain our roads, as RAC Foundation report reveals Lincs is 13th worst offender for drivers claiming compensation for pothole damage to cars.
  • 19 yr old female moped rider died after a collision with a car on the A52 in Wyberton Fen.
  • Driver from Ramsey dies after his car rolled off of the A14 into a field off Cambridge Road.
  • Grantham police warn of surge in bicycle thefts in Grantham town centre.
  • Police Officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are warning drivers of the need to ensure their cars are properly maintained. Vehicle checks being undertaken in October including overloaded vehicles.
  • Zorb granules used to clear oil spill by fire crew after accident on A17 at Leadenham.
  • Elderly man was trapped in overturned vehicle on Frank Perkins Parkway, Peterborough at junction with Boongate roundabout. Air ambulance responded.
  • An accident on the B1081 nr Bloody Oaks Service Station where a car crashed into a ditch left the driver in a serious condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
  • Female driver (73 yrs) of Bourne pleaded guilty to driving without due car and attention. Licence endorsed with 3 points, £150 fine.
  • Male driver from Sheffield drives from Grantham Magistrates Court after being disqualified at court and is caught and detained by Police within an hour of being handed the disqualification. Remanded in custody and charged with driving whilst disqualified.
  • 6 hour road closure on A52 at Elton after accident with 3 people taken to hospital, 1 having to be freed from wreckage by fire crew.
  • Male from Market Deeping pleaded guilty to damaging the door of a police vehicle, and to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour towards 2 police officers. 14 days in prison for each offence, £270 fine.
  • A Porsche 918 Spyder ploughed into spectators at a charity rally in Malta involving a driver from Hambleton and caused injuries to 26 spectators, 19 of which required hospital treatment.
  • Local resident in Sycamore Avenue, Peterborough complains of new bus stops outside his home, stating traffic congestion as a result affects his ability to take his children to school.
  • Work on new zebra crossing in Stamford begins at Castle Dyke.
  • Elderly drivers using Ferry Meadows car park in Peterborough complain at car parking fees.
  • Parking is banned in Caunt Road Grantham between 8am-6pm Mon-Fri.
  • More flooding is experienced in Grantham after heavy rain.
  • Cambridgeshire Police reportedly taking a “softly softly, educational approach” to new smoking prohibition legislation recently taken effect.
  • Grantham resident complains of non-disabled drivers parking in disabled bays at Meres Sports Centre, Grantham.
  • Ex-mechanic and motorcycle racer from South Witham celebrates 105th birthday saying “I have been teetotal all of my life”
  • 10,000 tonnes of material are delivered by 540 lorry loads for Grantham southern relief road.
  • Road improvements to A17 and A52 are nearing completion and will relieve much traffic congestion. Click HERE for the latest status.
  • A 25 yr old male driver was arrested after an accident in North Street West, Uppingham involving serious injuries to a motorcycle rider.
  • Bourne female resident (23 yrs) pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention – 5 penalty points on her driving licence and £275 fine.
  • Proposal for double yellow lines on the approach to Jubilee Gardens was rejected by Cottesmore Parish Council, on grounds of them being out of character in a village location.

 

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