Hygiene Standards While Training

BIG TOM Admin have released the following information in light of recent Government updates regarding Coronavirus

BIG TOM is committed to maintaining the highest hygiene standards possible while conducting in-car driving training.  Having sought independent, professional advice, intensive driving course training is still being conducted with the following conditions:

Instructor and pupil hygiene is of the utmost importance.  At the start of all in-car training sessions, refrain from handshakes, and clean hands and all car controls with the anti-bacterial wipes provided.  Clean, disposable forehead thermometers are available for pupil and instructor to check prior to the start of training.  There are also at least two packs of tissues available onboard.  Where possible, we ask all occupants to make attempts to safely pull over the car for any coughing/sneezing outside the car.  We understand that this may not always be possible.  Should there be a short interval in training where the use of refreshments or toilet facilities is made, then we ask all customers to ensure they make use of the anti-bacterial gel and tissues that are in the driving school car.  Free cold liquid refreshments are also available within the car itself, so as to minimise the need to enter outlets with high volumes of people.  We also advise no use of air conditioning and keeping the inside of the car ventilated with fresh air.  Upholstery will continue to be deep-cleaned on a weekly basis.

Regarding the taking of tests, the DVSA are advising cancelling tests should instructor or candidate have symptoms of: cough, high temperature or shortage of breath.  The cancellation of tests within the three day short notice period is being granted for this purpose and rest assured BIG TOM Admin will continue to assist BIG TOM customers.

Due to the nature of our training being 1:1 and our ability to control hygiene standards, we forsee no reason to cancel any training sessions at this stage.  BIG TOM Admin will update our customers if required.

We hope you continue to enjoy your training with BIG TOM.  Please feel free to ask any questions via our dedicated Customer Support Line (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

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Brilliant weekend intensive driving course

Brandon Gibbins from Donington passed his driving test today at Boston driving test centre, on his first attempt.

Brandon purchased the BIG TOM weekend intensive driving course on the 14/02/2020 and has got his driving licence less than four weeks later.  He spread his driving training over just two weekends and drove to Peterborough, Grantham, Spalding and Boston.  He says of his experience with BIG TOM:

“Learning with BIG TOM was absolutely brilliant”

His driving instructor Tom Ingram says:

“It’s really clever what Brandon has achieved over just two weekends, and just goes to show what can be achieved with the flexible intensive courses that BIG TOM provides.  I wish him many years of safe driving.”

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Includes three test fees

The BIG TOM Driving Success Programme © includes three test fees as standard.

The price you see is the price you pay and no more.  No hidden costs that you need to add to the course price.  The theory test is booked up on behalf of our customer, no additional fee to pay.  The practical test is also booked up for our customer, no additional fee to pay.  If another attempt is needed, no additional fee to pay.

Completely transparent course prices makes for happy customers.  The price you see, is the price that you pay – no extra costs to add on.

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Quick way to get driving licence

Lewis Knowles is delighted with his driving test pass today in Grantham.

Lewis from Quarrington near Sleaford had done some previous driving training on pay as you go driving lessons but was finding that it was just taking far too long.  He did his BIG TOM 5 day intensive driving course last week and got his full drivers licence today.  He is delighted with the 7 day turnaround.

He said of his experience, “I will definitely be recommending BIG TOM to others”

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Weekend intensive driving course

Brandon Gibbins from Doninton is making full use of the BIG TOM intensive course at weekends.

On Saturday he started by driving over to Boston before travelling to Grantham on the A52.  He trained from 9-12, had an hour break and then 1-4pm.  He managed to get some driving practise on country roads at places like Folkingham, Bitchfield, Corby Glen, Grimsthorpe.  Then he practised going on and off the A1 at a variety of locations.

On Sunday, he drove from Doninton to Peterborough using the sat nav.  Once there, he practised some more dual carriageway driving, building on his experience from the day before.  He also managed to get some practise on the large multi-lane and spiral roundabouts that Peterborough offers.  After his lunch break, he drove to Spalding where he practised recognising increased risk factors as a result of loss of vision at junctions.

It was a brilliant two days worth of driving training, adding another twelve hours to his bank of driving experience.  Won’t be long before he is ready for his driving test.

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Booking to test pass in ten days

Poppy Law passed her driving test today with BIG TOM on her first attempt at Peterborough.

She booked up her BIG TOM 5 day intensive driving course on 18/02/2020 and passed her driving test just ten days later. Although she lives in Huntingdon, she came in each day on the mainline train. She said of her experience:

“Such an enjoyable week! 🙂 “

Her driving instructor, Tom Ingram adds:

“Poppy really needed her full driving licence due to a career change in a couple of weeks time, so timing was critical with her.  She made full use of the BIG TOM resources made available to her, and these are the kind of results that can be achieved.  Due to the training she received, she found the test itself easy.”

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40 hour course in 7 days

Lauren Malton from Morton has just completed a 40 hour BIG TOM intensive driving course in 7 days.

This is the beauty with the flexible approach  BIG TOM takes in providing intensive driving courses.  Lauren, who had no previous driving experience wanted to make maximum use of the accelerated learning programme.  She said of her experience:

“Good way to learn quickly to be able to drive, if you have no past experience”

Her driving instructor, Tom Ingram adds:

“When you consider that Lauren had never driven a car on a public road before, her progress was phenomenal. She drove on the A1, she drove on the dual-carriageways and big roundabouts at Peterborough.  She gained invaluable experience driving on the twisty, hilly roads of Grantham in torrential rain.  She also got a lot of hours in driving on country roads.  She went over to Whittlesey, Thorney and Corby Glen.  All in all, I’m delighted with the progress that she made.”

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Changes to the theory test

The theory test is changing on 14/04/2020.

This blog from BIG TOM Admin strives to reduce any anxiety our customers may feel about the new theory test.  Here you will find information regarding the changes.

The change is designed to assist people with reading difficulties, learning disability or developmental conditions.  It involves use of a video clip to answer 3 multi-choice questions rather than reading a passage of writing.

BIG TOM continues to offer support for customers struggling with the study.  Our resources are aimed to assist learning the necessary knowledge to keep things safe on the public roads.

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Two test guarantee

FACT – more people pass the driving test on their second attempt than on their first.  You get not one but TWO driving test fees included with BIG TOM intensive driving courses.

It is a statistical fact that nationally, more people do pass their driving test on their second attempt than any other.  Browsing through our blog will show you plenty of customers who have passed their driving test not only on the first attempt, but with zero faults.

Historically, it has always been the case that more people pass on their SECOND attempt than any other.  Data (DRT 1202) shows from 2007-2019, 43-47% pass first time. Year in, year out, this data shown in DRT 02-DRT 0202  people are more likely to pass on their second driving test attempt than on their first. BIG TOM is keen to provide a safety net for customers in the event of not passing on the first attempt.

Tom Ingram (Owner of BIG TOM) says:
“I’m pleased to announce this added benefit today. Once again, BIG TOM is seen to be listening to customer feedback. We will do everything we can to help our customers pass their driving test on the first attempt, but the historical facts do show that on average, anyone is more likely to pass on their second attempt. BIG TOM is pleased that our customers no longer have to pay seperately for a second attempt to the DVSA. We are very grateful to all our customers who provide us with feedback and will continue to act on improving our service.”

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BIG TOM Driving Success Programme

BIG TOM driving school specialises in providing unique, bespoke training programmes to assist a wide range of needs for customers. Our experience in providing effective driving training emphasises the point that learning paths are unique to pupils.  Our BIG TOM Driving Success Programme© has three key elements to ensure it is flexible enough to cater for a wide range of pupil’s needs.

Environment: The programme identifies the correct environment in which a pupil can effectively learn to drive. The pre-course resources can be provided in digital, paper and video formats. In-car training is conducted in carefully selected locations to maintain safety, reduce stress, and maximise learning objectives. Refreshments are provided free of charge. Customers are picked up/dropped off at home. Continuity is guaranteed for training in the same vehicle, with the same driving instructor and this includes when you go to test. Customers are not distracted with the booking of tests. Pupils work towards achieving goals in a setting that recognises mistakes as being opportunities to learn. Training is adapted to identify and respect specific needs, free of judgement and within an open and honest working relationship.

Tuition: Formative and summative feedback is available in a guaranteed 1:1 setting. Confidence is developed with the appropriate level of verbal assistance, use of demonstrations, video technology and DVSA in-car training materials which are free of charge and owned by our customers. The very latest techniques can be utilised for self-regulated learning. Pupils are offered assistance with metacognitive and cognitive skills. Up to date teaching techniques are utilised to develop long-term driving skills, including the exploration of attitudes and beliefs that can affect driving ability. Guided and independent practice is conducted with safety and effective learning as key objectives. Integrity is assured by professional advice regarding driving test timing based on several years of experience and knowledge of required driving standards. Carefully selected training subjects are planned based on the ability and confidence levels of pupils. Training is provided with reference to the DVSA driving standard and used in conjunction with discussions with pupils (including a free pre-in-car training consultation).  We are so confident with the quality of our tuition that we offer a free second driving test attempt free of charge.

Methodology: BIG TOM driving training is pupil-centred. We specialise in assisting pupils with time management needs. Pupils who suffer from anxiety and/or learning difficulties are welcome and encouraged to join the many pupils who have been helped to obtain their full driving licence. Road safety is our number one priority; we do not stress pupils with expected driving ability outcomes for fixed training hours. Pupils are able to boost training experience with the use of ‘bolt-on’ sessions that are available Mon-Fri 6 am – 10 pm.  Our programme can include any of the following at no extra cost: motorway driving, driving experience at night, multi-storey car parks, emergency breakdown, theory study assistance.

For more information on pricing and the range of courses call BIG TOM on 0800 689 4174

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