Monthly Archives: September 2013

Correct Speed On Driving Lessons In Peterborough

How To Know The Correct Speed on Driving Lessons in Peterborough

On my driving lessons in Peterborough, the issue of driving at the correct speed often crops up.  Sometimes we can feel pressured from drivers behind tailgating, sometimes we can miss a speed sign, sometimes we can unconsciously copy the speed of a vehicle in front of us, only to realise they are actually driving above the speed limit.  There’s many little ‘traps’ and by far the best thing to do is identify a technique that you will adopt in your normal driving that means you will be able to identify the appropriate speed completely independently, no matter what the conditions, or how you are feeling, or what is happening inside/outside the car.

One such technique is shown in this video.

Driving in a road, not knowing what the speed limit is, AND not having the skill to assess what it should be, is a lonely old place to be, especially on your driving test.  Not a nice feeling.

But beyond the driving test, finding yourself on a road, with drivers behind, but you don’t know how fast you can legally go, and more importantly you don’t know what clues to look out for to give you an educated guess, is kind of awkward.  This is at least the stuff of ‘points on licence’ and at worse, it could be ‘accident’ material.

Here is a classic example in Peterborough.

This goes beyond simply “staying alert” in a 30 zone (as important as that undoubtedly is), this is about being able to assess driving conditions to enable you to make a judgement on the appropriate speed IN THE ABSENCE of seeing a speed sign.

Developing this skill on driving lessons is one thing, but driving 30 in a 60 on a driving test, or even worse, attempting to drive 40 in a 30 on a driving test, it will be “curtains”.   Remember, anything that crops up on test that breaks the law, is an instant fail.

Check out this video for more on “What speed should I drive at?”

 Wishing you well on your driving lessons



Read more →


Turning Right At Crossroads | Peterborough

Turning right at Crossroads

There are a fair few large crossroads like this in Peterborough that are controlled by traffic lights.

The key thing to remember is that when the traffic light goes green and you are turning right, you are “crossing” the oncoming traffic, as such, you have to be prepared to wait as oncoming traffic has priority over you – “I’m turning right, I have no rights” is a phrase to remember.

However, look to see if there is a right green filter arrow, as these are our friend, these make our life easier.  If there is a green filter arrow, and it is illuminated, then STILL check that the oncoming traffic is held on a red light (remember you must never assume anything), before you turn into the new road.  Before you turn into the new road, you must look into the new road, to make sure that it is not blocked at all.

But here is a key tip for you.  When the main traffic light goes green, if you do not proceed forward so that your wheels roll over the pressure sensor in the road, the traffic lights don’t even know you are waiting to turn right and so will not turn on the right filter arrow!  So do look out for the thin black pressure sensors near the middle of the junction.

Take a look at this video to see this in action.  See if you can spot the green filter arrow, and then see if you can see the pressure sensor near the middle of the junction.

It’s really good to practise turning right at crossroads loads; ones with traffic lights, and without.  Really get to grips with this subject, so that you feel confident in being able to predict what is going to happen.

Hope this is helpful?  Please put questions/comments below!

Read more →


Driving lessons for a 17th birthday present

Driving lessons for a 17th birthday present

Does it get any better than providing driving lessons for your Daughter or Son ON their 17th birthday?  Well…. very possibly yes!

At Big Tom Driving School we like to “get results”, but like most things in life, they rarely fall out of the sky and fall into our laps…. we need to plan in success.

So yes, you can organise getting a driving lesson as a present ON the 17th birthday.  We will even organise a driving lesson for 1 minute past midnight ON the 17th birthday.  And if you want to earn big respect, you could organise taking the theory test on the 17th birthday, you could even organise taking an Intensive Driving Course from the 17th birthday, and so within 2 weeks of the 17th birthday, your Son or Daughter could have passed the test, and be up and running for totally independent, mobile free life!  No more taxi service…. RESULT!

If you want to explore how Big Tom Driving School can help you plan success for your Son or Daughter with driving lessons on their 17th birthday, get in touch!  Most things are possible, they just need a little planning.

Big Tom Driving School – 0800 689 4174



Read more →


Driving Instructors wanted in Peterborough or Grantham

Driving Instructors wanted in Peterborough or Grantham

Big Tom Driving School has work available for Driving Instructors in Peterborough or Grantham.

Specially devised Intensive Driving Courses with earnings of over £500 (+ bonuses) per week.

Full and complete assistance is provided to ensure the trademark “Quality & Value” is provided as a framework for the in-car training.  All pre-course booking, prep and customer liason is handled by the driving school.

For more details please text “Peterborough” or “Grantham” to 0800 689 4174

Read more →