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Want to save money learning to drive?

In this blog, owner of BIG TOM Driving School Tom Ingram, offers his customers advice on how to save money on driving training, by getting smart with the learning.

 Welcome to this blog about how you can save money just by getting a bit switched on!  One of the reasons that BIG TOM is different to many other providers is the resources that we provide our customers.  We provide them in a range of formats so that we appeal to as many of our customers that we can.

To explain how you can save money, first of all, let me explain very generally how the learning process will go when you learn to drive on your BIG TOM intensive driving course.  Initially, your brain will be working very hard paying attention to all the controls of the car, co-ordinating your hands and feet, listening to the assistance from your BIG TOM driving instructor.

As your brain gets better at drip feeding those core skills into the longer term memory, what is often referred to as “muscle memory” helps, and there is more “space” made available in your brain for absorbing more information that you were not capable of taking in previously, because your brain was at that time overloaded. 

There is a general shift in the nature of the learning away from “What do I do?”, to “How do I do it well and why?”.  A typical example of this kind of brain work I am referring to is what we call “forward planning” whereby you look at clues around from signs and road markings and you work out what you need to do.  Here is one such example (video) that helps our customers when approaching roundabouts.  Another example is appreciating the relationship between speed and gears, and here is another (video) example that helps in that regard.  If you were to ignore the need to continue learning these skills because you are just happy to have learned the “What do I do?”, then you are restricting learning of the very necessary further skills required.  Think of it like this…. most people can learn what to do to drive a car within just a few hours, but how well are they driving the car?  

The reason why this is important for you to know, is because you can do this kind of thinking OUTSIDE the in-car training.  You do not have to wait until you are in your BIG TOM driving school car to get your brain thinking about these aspects of learning to drive.  This is potentially extremely powerful for your learning experience, it can reduce the time it takes you to learn to drive, and it can reduce the cost of learning to drive. 

Follow the advice that we give you when you first enrol on your course, we actively encourage you to engage in key learning before you even sit in the car – and this will ultimately save you time and money.

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Job Opportunities for Driving Instructors

Owner of BIG TOM Driving School expands on his vision for driving trainer needs in the near future (0775 607 1464)

 Since 2009, this driving school has developed a reputation for meeting customers’ needs with respect, dignity and professionalism.  The BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course remains the top seller for providing quality and value but there is also plenty of work available for the traditional “pay as you go” driving lessons.

BIG TOM currently serves customers across 4 driving test centres and whilst there is plenty of additional work available within these test centres of Peterborough, Grantham, Lincoln and Boston; there is a great opportunity for applicants to join this franchise using other locations.

The organisation is built around trust between customers and franchisees.  Customers are happy and willing to pay for training in advance, even with a no refund cancellation policy because the service they receive is guaranteed and dependable.  This means for BIG TOM franchisees no last minute cancellations with “dead” time in the diary, and also payment received in advance.  The minimum hourly rate is £23.86 increasing to £30 per hour.

A BIG TOM franchisee can expect all the pre-course administration to be completed by BIG TOM Admin leaving just the in-car training and update of the IT software regarding pupil progress (IT competency is essential).  Franchisees are expected to work in harmony of tried and tested methods adapted over the years which result in outcomes with integrity – this is a key unique selling point over our competitors because the safety of our customers is our number one priority.  Whilst many will refer to passing driving tests, BIG TOM concerns itself with developing confident and competent newly qualified drivers.  Training is provided to conduct accurate assessments for the benefit of pupils.

There is no monthly fixed fee for the franchise.  Franchisees are invoiced for customer referrals AFTER the customer has paid the franchisee for the training.

Induction training is provided, as is uniform, car branding and stationary.  Interested parties who are not currently working in the industry are encouraged to read the ebook “Reflections of a Driving Instructor” written by the Owner Tom Ingram.

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Intensive Roundabout Driving Course in Peterborough

Joshua Rowles from Thurlby passes his intensive driving course in Peterborough

Josh had some previous driving experience in Kent 3 years ago so was a little rusty on his driving.  He decided to take his intensive course in Peterborough over 4 days of this week.  He passed his test exactly 1 month after booking his course.  On one of the days, Josh drove in 3 counties, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.  He drove up the multi-storey car park at Queensgate, drove to Whittlesey, Yaxley and over at Crowland for a variety of driving conditions.  But his main effort was on the roundabouts at Peterborough.

Tom Ingram who is the owner of BIG TOM said:

“It was the big roundabouts in Peterborough that Josh was wanting to improve on.   While Josh was taking his driving test an Instructor introduced himself to me at the test centre and told me how his pupils get so much benefit out of the Eye roundabout driving video on my YouTube channel.  Josh had also mentioned to me that he had not appreciated the importance of the white arrows on the approach until he had seen our driving videos.  Whilst I am happy to provide these videos, not all of them are for public viewing.  BIG TOM Customers do also get exclusive access to more driving videos which our post-course survey feedback tells us is much valued.  The important thing from my point of view is how confident and competent my pupils feel having done the BIG TOM course.  Josh said to me after passing his test today with just 2 minors that he will definitely be recommending BIG TOM to his mates which is kind of him.”   

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