Benefits of BIG TOM intensive driving courses

BIG TOM Driving School (0800 689 4174) has been providing intensive driving courses for years. This blog will explain what benefits our previous customers have received by engaging in the BIG TOM Driving Success Programme ©

Work – We have had people come to us because they have applied for a new job, have the interview coming up soon, and one of the expectations of the new employer is that they have a driving licence – we have even had customers who have got a new job which includes a company vehicle as a result of getting their driving licence quickly through us. Employers have contacted us because they have an employee who they want to be mobile for a particular urgent organisational need, they know we can turn things round fast, we get results and can be relied on to provide a professional service. Customers from non-EU countries have used us because they are seeking employment urgently, and know that the driving licence from their own country will not be accepted by prospective employers.

University – Some customers have known they have been accepted for a particular university, and it happens to be many miles from home, so obtaining a driving licence fast puts their mind at rest. It enables them to have the freedom and importantly, the option of returning home at weekends as often as they wish. Without a licence they are having to rely on trains which involve hassle and cost, or friends/family to pick them up which is not a nice feeling to be a burden. It may turn out that they don’t actually drive back home as often as they thought they would, but at least they have the peace of mind in knowing they can return easily for any family celebration/gathering, they can get a load of clothes washed/ironed, and they can simply return to home if they are feeling a little home sick.

Travel – Before going away to travel, some customers like to tick off the “learn to drive” box before they go. This has a lot to do with pride, kudos, satisfaction and ambition. It is a nice feeling to know that while they are away for the months possibly years to follow, they have got that driving licence already – even if circumstances were to alter and plans have to be changed, it is comforting to know that they have independence and mobility back at home.

Independence – Whether we be talking about assisting with school runs, or having to rely on parents to be a taxi, or friends to get a lift with or making use of public transport, the attraction of being completely self-sufficient is very powerful for some customers – particularly those with dependent young ones. Having the choice to drive over to the nearest McDonalds and get a mate their favourite shake, or be able to surprise a partner with a last minute cinema visit or just to offer to take a friend shopping together, getting a driving licence within days rather than having to wait months or even years, gives that feeling of independence that many customers want to experience so they get the recognition, respect and feeling of worth that they want with their nearest and dearest.

Success – Some customers like the feeling of success; they are ambitious, responsible, have plans, know what they want, and simply do not have the time to wait for months to pass the driving test. These people are motivated, focussed, self-aware, goal oriented, and are willing and able to work hard to get the driving licence fast.

The BIG TOM intensive driving course is available in Peterborough, Grantham, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford and Bourne. For a list of commonly asked questions, simply click for our Q&A page.


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Successful intensive driving course in Grantham

Read here how Gordon managed on his intensive driving course in Grantham (01476 850 050 ), getting a “first class” driving test pass

Here is Gordon, standing proud having just passed his test after his BIG TOM intensive driving course in Grantham. This is what he has to say about his experience with BIG TOM:

“What a driving instructor Tom is! A great driving instructor. Having come from a full bike licence and wanting to be on four wheels I chose tom and was never disappointed with him at all. He is really friendly and gives great advice and will put you at ease and also make sure you will pass your test with a high standard. I really cannot recommend him enough. I passed first time only one minor. Job well done. Thank you Tom”

Gordon managed to get his driving licence quickly by making use of the way BIG TOM operates; we cater for busy, professional people who need to get a licence fast. We have a proven track record as the rest of our Customer Reviews will testify for getting results, and making people happy. This is a life changing experience, and you really do not need to wait several months to pass your driving test. We are taking bookings in Grantham right now, call our office on 01476 850 050 , and take the first positive step to freedom and independence.

BIG TOM Driving School –  Intensive Driving Course in Grantham 


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Customer Reviews

The following are 100% authentic, customer reviews of our customers experience with BIG TOM Driving School:

“…excellent learning techniques…”

“Would highly recommend BIG TOM 5 day intensive course. He made me feel very calm, confident and put me at ease from the first meeting. Tom is a very professional instructor with excellent learning techniques that helps you feel informed throughout. Doing the mock test was really beneficial as it prepared me for my test and gave me an insight of what I had to work on in future lessons. Booking is easy and convenient which is handy with a very busy work/home life. Tom is friendly with a pleasant attitude and easy to talk to. Would say to anyone considering learning to drive to go with BIG TOM you will not be disappointed and is well worth the money.”  Sarah Eves from Spalding


“BIG TOM got my son through his driving test after a 20 hour intensive course, first attempt.  That says lots on how big tom teaches, would recommend big tom to anyone wanting to learn to drive.

Thank you very much for getting will through his driving test . Will was at ease with you he felt relaxed and liked the way you taught him.  Two weeks after his theory test, his driving test is passed – that is down to your skill as an  instructor”  Phil Abbott from Castle Bytham (Father of Will)

“I can’t believe that I’ve got my licence so fast.  I picked BIG TOM because of the great reviews it has, and now I can see why.  I’m so pleased that I picked BIG TOM”  Grant Cousins from Peterborough


“…easy to understand”

“Would highly recommend Big Tom, he made me feel very comfortable and at ease from the very beginning. His teaching style was very effective, and easy to understand, which was proven when I passed my test first time. He provides lots of resources (books, questions, and videos) which are extremely useful. Would definitely encourage anyone looking for an instructor to contact Big Tom”  Hollie Lewis from Bourne


“Fantastic work Tom.  I would be very pleased to endorse any recommendation for the service you have provided and we would certainly utilise your services if the need arises in the future.”  Veronica Burnett (Legal Officer) at Harlaxton Engineering Services


Hi!  Not sure if you remember me, just wanted to thank you.  I passed my test exactly one year ago thanks to your massive help!  Passing my test has allowed me to blossom in this last year, and being able to do my dream job as I can travel now.  Driving 3 hours each day to and from my work causes me zero anxiety now because of how patient and fantastic you were at teaching me to drive!  so thank you 🙂   Chloe Shipley from Long Sutton


I just wanted to say a big thank you for your professionalism, pleasantness and above all patience in teaching Molly to drive, thanks to you she passed first time and is extremely happy to be able to drive and be independent.  You have given her the confidence, knowledge and the tools to be a safe motorist in the years to come so I am very grateful.  Alison Escott from Eye (mother of Molly)


Hi everyone 😁

If you’re reading this then im guessing you’re in the same position I was a few weeks back.  Scouring the internet and making endless amounts of calls in hope of finding an intensive driving course that suits your needs. And like me, you’re probably ready to loose the plot.  Infuriated by the lack of flexibility and over inflated prices that most places you’ve found had to offer.

Look no further.  Tom is your man.  The minute I got in contact with this guy it was like the fog had lifted and I was back on track.

Rather than getting through to a room full of office monkeys that have never given a driving lesson to anyone,  whose only job is to read what’s in front of them and sell to you the highest priced course possible. There’s none of that.

You ring Tom,  you talk to Tom,  Its Tom who will be teaching you.  And it’s Tom’s hand you’ll shake when you’ve passed your test.

The service this guy provides is spot on. There’s no altrerior motives or hidden costs. The only thing this guy is bothered about is you, getting you to the standard necessary to pass and getting you through the whole process as quickly and safely as possible.  I’ve had many driving instructions over the years and I can safely say that Tom is the best I’ve found.  All I have left to say is,  If you wanna pass your test,  as quickly and easily as possible. CALL BIG TOM. you won’t be sorry.

I hope this review helps you make the right choice.  Good luck with your test.

James Baldwin from Peterborough


“Thank you Tom for such a positive experience!”

Why did you choose BIG TOM Driving School?  “To be honest, first of all the location, then home pick up with suitable hours, next was the great price and then the reviews online.  But that order is my personal preference.  An intensive course is definitely intense but overall successfull.  Thank you Tom for such a positive experience!  And for helping me get to where I wanted within the time frame I had!”  Tia Richardson from Holbeach


“…the videos that you provide are extremely helpful…”

“Just would like to say thanks once again for helping me pass my driving test. I will certainly recommend you to others. The two weeks of lessons I did with you were structured perfectly and managed to get me ready for testing within two weeks. Also the videos that you provide are extremely helpful. I didn’t think I would be able to learn to drive so quick but you proved me wrong.”  Ben Parker from Bourne


“…wonderful ability to put you at ease…”

“I did the BIG TOM 2 week intensive course as I was due to start a new job which required a driving licence. I cannot recommend Tom highly enough, he has a wonderful ability to put you at ease and he really let me take control of my own learning.
He focussed on making sure I was a confident, competent driver and not just focusing on scraping a pass.
The 2nd week was all about confidence and refinement of my skills & his honesty really helped in making sure I was more than prepared for test day.
Fantastic course, top guy, couldn’t recommend any higher.
David’’  David de Benedictus from Sleaford


I was able to retain what I had learned easier”

“I have enjoyed my intensive driving course, got to cover all aspects of driving within the week.  I found that by doing an intensive driving course I was able to retain what I had learned easier than if I had done say a 2 hour driving lesson.  I would recommend an intensive course to anybody.  Same amount of hours over a shorter space of time which in my opinion is better than spread out over what can sometimes end up as months!!  BIG TOM driving course has shown me that you can do it in a week if you want, it’s great, as is Tom’s attitude to his learners.  I felt very comfortable throughout.  Tom is nice and patient.  I would recommend him to anyone.  Thanks Tom!” Sarah Shepherd from Pointon


“…encouraging students to maintain autonomy over their learning…”

“After an enjoyable and positive driving experience this week, I am happy to recommend Big Tom Driving School to anyone looking to have lessons. Tom has a natural ability to offer multiple strategies for learning to drive whilst also encouraging students to maintain autonomy over their learning. His calm and friendly personality also put me at ease immediately; leaving me free to learn the skills required. I never felt pressured or silly following mistakes I made, which was a refreshing change to instructors that I have worked with previously. Thank you so much Tom” Ria Steventon from Peterborough

“Supportive and open teaching style…”

“Before starting my 5 day intensive driving course with BIG TOM, I’d previously already had MANY hours of driving experience under my belt and had already gone and failed 6 TESTS. I would say that my confidence in myself and ability to actually drive was shot. I was really nervous about the whole thing, from meeting Tom and actually getting back on the road, as I’d not driven for around 8 months after failing the 6th test.

Within half an hour of meeting BIG TOM, I felt really at ease and comfortable with him. Midway through the week, I was still having doubts after doing a mock test with Tom, which was truly awful. BIG TOM didn’t let me give up on myself and we had many pep talks which then gave me the confidence to keep going. By the end of the 5 day course, I’d finally PASSED MY TEST! Honestly, without BIG TOM’s supportive and open teaching style I don’t think I would ever have passed my test. Even when you make mistakes, BIG TOM remains very calm, cool and collected, which made the experience very comfortable for me as a pupil.

I can’t thank BIG TOM enough and for someone like me, who has unpleasant experiences with driving/Instructors over the years, I couldn’t recommend BIG TOM enough!!” Abbie Scott-Brown from Ruskington


“Always on time with good humour…”

“I am so happy to have chosen Big Tom driving school. Tom was an amazing instructor! Always on-time with good humour and helped me improve massively in a short space of time. He had lots of hints and tips, which made life easier for me. I definitely would recommend Him to anyone”  Ramona Malkinska from St Neots


“…I was beyond satisfied with the course….”

“On day one of the course I barely knew the difference between the brake and the accelerator. I was a very anxious driver having had a prior traumatic experience, but Tom was conscious of this and was always calm and collected. He knew when to let me build my confidence and when to push me, and by day 5 of the course I felt as though I had really learned a lot and felt much more at ease behind the wheel. There was no pressure for me to pass a test on day 5, and Tom provides an action plan including bolt on lessons and test bookings for his customers that need some extra time.
Overall I was beyond satisfied with the course and would recommend it to anyone.” Rose Hanmer from Grantham


“The updates given from booking to completion were excellent”

“All credit to you Big Tom, very impressed with the communication in all aspects of the course, with my son (Shane)
The updates given from booking to completion were excellent.
Passing his test with the confidence and backing given through the course by you his tutor meant he passed with no error, according to the test examiner a rare happening.
I would fully recommend the Big Tom Driving School to anyone…My daughter is a year away from 17 and I will definitely be booking her course with Big Tom.”  Ian Marsden (Father of pupil) from Fleet

“…recommend highly for any level of driver…”

“During my week with Tom not only have I learnt about driving, I have grown in confidence and thought about things I have never considered previously.  I look forward to continuing my learning journey with Tom.  I would recommend highly for any level of driver whether it’s a complete beginner or experienced”.  Abby Ward from Bourne

“Tom did his utmost to accommodate me at short notice”

“I just want to take the opportunity to thank Tom for the fantastic driving course he provided for me which resulted in passing my test first time.

Having a very limited window of opportunity due to work, I called as a long shot on the Friday afternoon to start the course the following week.  Tom did his utmost to accommodate me at short notice and devised a plan that fit entirely to my requirements with flexibility and an appreciation of the time constraints I was under.

As an instructor Tom was both patient and encouraging, striking a fine balance between identifying faults and praising strengths.  He created an engaging, student-led learning environment in which I felt comfortable talking about any problems openly and guided the direction of the sessions to best address my needs.  The lessons were conducted with professionalism but Tom’s cheerful character also helped to take the pressure out of what could have been a stressful experience.

I would highly recommend Tom as a driving instructor” Sam Ford – Lincoln 

“He makes you feel comfortable from start to finish”

“Big Tom’s course is fantastic.  He makes you feel comfortable from start to finish, brilliant experience would highly recommend !  Anthony Coe from Grantham


“Amazing experience!”

“After experiencing pay as you go driving lessons didn’t suit my way of learning, my parents signed me up for a 20 hour intense driving course with Tom and my confidence has improved immensely with his help! His patience and positivity enabled me to pass first time and I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me! I would definitely recommend this course for anyone, whether that be learning to drive for the first time or practicing techniques you’ve already learnt. Amazing experience!” Emily Ashcroft from Cranwell


“…increasing my knowledge and awareness towards driving safely…”

“I took the intensive driving course with Tom Ingram and found him to be very approachable and informative.  I found the course very beneficial and enjoyable at the same time, not only enabling me to pass my test first time but also increasing my knowledge and awareness towards driving safely.  I would highly recommend BIG TOM to anyone learning to drive”  Sam Jones from Sawtry


“Top Bloke”

“Really great experience.  Throwing myself at the deep end with Tom’s help was really beneficial.  Top bloke”  Alex Blades from Langtoft


“More useful than 1 hour lessons”

In my opinion more useful than 1 hour lessons. Improved my perception of driving each day. A great structure – returning to things that need practise every day as well as starting new things.  Confidence is easily improved over the week due to how long you drive for each day.  All aspects of driving test are met in these 5 days” Ben Robinson from Bourne


“I have gone from never even sitting in a drivers seat to driving all over Peterborough”

“I started the week very nervous as I had put off driving for many years, but after only a few days I started to overcome the doubts I had about driving.  I am now feeling a lot more confident and really want to push on and get on the road thanks to the BIG TOM intensive driving course.  The course covered all the topics of driving and I have gone from never even sitting in a drivers seat to driving all over Peterborough.  All my questions were answered fully with lots of information and feedback which has greatly helped me.  I really enjoyed starting to learn to drive in a relaxed, friendly and safe environment”  Matthew Pepperell from Peterborough


“…stays calm even when mistakes are made…”

“The material sent beforehand was really helpful as it allowed me to remind myself of the basics before actually getting in the car itself.  The videos were especially helpful, as it introduced some new things.  The course itself was really well set up, and my driving has come along so far in just five afternoons.  Tom is really helpful in explaining everything, and stays calm even when mistakes are made”. Max Robertson from Barrowby


“Brilliant for practising all aspects of driving”

“Brilliant for practising all aspects of driving in the safest way, as well as gaining and maintaining confidence” Kyle Starbuck from Billingborough

“Feel like I am now confident and safe to drive on the road”

“I found the 5 day intense course very! helpful.  Each day we worked on things I found challenging and they improved very fast….    The pick up and drop off service was better than I ever hoped even when I changed it last minute where I was supposed to be collected from.  Big Toms driving school is definitely getting recommended.  He always had such positive things to say with the feedback.  I feel like I am now confident and safe to drive on the road.  As well for even showing me the car parts to help me through life!”  Jessica Buckley from Sawtry


“…the videos are very helpful…”

“Using Big Tom has been a very good experience for me.  It’s very handy that he can pick you up from your home address and also the videos are very helpful, they get you ready for your driving” Olivia Ronson from Surfleet


“The weekend pick up was very helpful”

“I was very pleased with the service I received.  Tom was very helpful and supportive.  The weekend pick up was very helpful and considerate.  Overall I would recommend big tom to friends and anyone else that wants an intensive driving course”  Alexander Pinchin from Boston

“Would 100% recommend Big Tom”

“Really enjoyable and relaxed environment.  Was worried before I started that 4 hours would drag, but I have really enjoyed the course.  I feel my driving has really improved and my confidence has as well as a result of this.  Would 100% recommend Big Tom”  Mark Craig from Sleaford


“Great feedback and communication”

“My experience with Big Tom was brilliant. He is very calm and caters to the way you learn best, for me that was practicing over and over again until I got it right. Great feedback and communication from him to get you passing your test and driving confidently on your own. Would recommend.” Georgia Brooke from Morton

“I’ve learnt so much this week”

Very enjoyable week with Tom, after a rubbish instructor many years ago that put me off driving.  Tom has made my nerves calm.  He is very easy going and easy to talk to.  If I was nervous on going to do something he would explain it calmly and easy for me to understand.  He never got cross/annoyed.  If on turning in the road or reverse parking I messed up, he was calm and said, let’s just try again.  I’ve learnt so much this week and even did the big roundabouts on Friday that I was so worried to do near the start of the week.  I would highly recommend Big Tom driving school to anyone I know wanting to learn to drive”  Leah Bryant from Whittlesey

“I felt very comfortable in my experience”

“Learning to drive with Tom helped me so much with my confidence. After not driving for a year and having a couple of instructors before him I felt very comfortable in my experience. I passed on my 2nd time and would highly recommend Tom to anyone looking for a friendly instructor who can give them the confidence they need on the road.” Zoe Briggs from Peterborough

“…from the first 5 minutes I was put at ease by Tom…”

I was a bit hesitant going into the intensive course, 4 hours of driving for 5 days straight seemed like a big ask.  But from the first 5 minutes I was put at ease by Tom.  My second attempt at my driving test (first with a different driving school), using the intensive course as a refresher and what a great decision it was.  Nothing was a problem for Tom or Tara and everything was made as stressless as possible.  I would recommend to first time drivers and those looking to re-take their driving test.  Professional, considerate, thorough.”  Ryan Sismey from Spalding

“I have been with previous driving instructors before Tom and I can say they were not as helpful and friendly as him”

“I would like to say a big thank you to Big Tom driving school after helping me pass my driving test first time in Boston. If any one is looking for a driving instructor, Tom is a top bloke he is very calming.
I can promise you if he can help you he will.I was really stressed about the whole driving experience to start with but Tom was a big help.He also has a YouTube channel with many videos which i know i would watch the night before a lesson. or evan if i wasn’t sure on something there will allways be a future reference so yet again he goes above and beyond to help.

I have been with previous driving instructors before Tom and i can say they were not as helpful and friendly as him.

The test went nice a smooth in my opinion the manoeuvre i did on the test was pulling up on the right hand side of the road doing a straight reverse back two car length and then moving off again.A couple of times he would ask you to pull up on the left at a safe place he asked me just before a junction that was on the right so i made sure to clear it before pulling over.

Think it helped the fact that that you know have 20 mins of following a satnav. it did for me at least it kind of break’s the silence so you are not just listing to one man/ women for the whole test. I think it helped the fact the examiner was a friendly bloke witch does help.

I would higly recommend big tom driving school to all and hope everyone has good luck with all future endevors.”  Adam Favell from Holbeach

“Tom really adapated the learning techniques to me as an individual”

“My experience of learning to drive was very positive thanks to my ‘Five Day Intensive Driving Course’ with Big Tom. I began feeling very nervous as I hadn’t enjoyed previous lessons and will eventually be driving with my young baby on board; I was helped to feel calm and relaxed from the outset with a pre-course call with Tom to discuss my reservations and needs. Tom really adapted the learning techniques to me as an individual, ensuring I was learning at my own pace and the content really started to ‘sink in’. I started out with very little confidence, but thanks to Tom and his calming influence this was overcome quickly.
Tom has lots of informative videos online which help with tackling more difficult techniques and situations. I’m looking forward to my follow-on training with Big Tom and so far my experience has been fantastic and I would recommend anyone looking to start driving to give Tom a call!” Debbie Kelly from Thurlby


“I could feel myself progressing as the days went on…”

Helpful driving instructor, very informative five day course from beginning to end.  I could feel myself progressing as the days went on and as I was told about different ways of learning and developing new skills which is very good for confidence while driving especially as a learner” Billy Brooks from Castle Bytham


“ no time did I feel under any pressure or stress” 

“After a few set backs with the weather I could not and will not fault the teaching at all.  The week was structured perfectly to my learning style.  Extremely friendly and patient and really made the week up to my test comfortable and at no time did I feel under any pressure or stress” Harry Adams from Bourne 


“…explaining things in depth when I’ve needed it….”

“Thanks tom had a wonderful week working with you, thank you for being very patient with me and explaining things in depth when I’ve needed it. Also a great big thanks to being flexible with times and just generally putting up with me I now feel I am able to drive but not test ready just yet but hoping to work with you again in a couple of weeks to get me to that standard thanks once again” Deanne Bramwell from Boston


“Tom was able to highlight personal strengths and weaknesses and plan a course of action”

“The response time from application to course was really quick.  The course hammered out key skills in a paced manner.  Tom was able to highlight personal strengths and weaknesses and plan a course of action.  I would highly recommend this course” Luke Donley from Rippingale


“My experience was enjoyable”

“Tom was very friendly and helpful.  I was nervous to start the course and it was my first time being in a driver seat. Tom was calm and patient, so when making mistakes I wasn’t put off.  Tom was very thorough with helping me learn in my particular preferred way.  Good with examples of how to understand the way you learn to develop.  My experience was enjoyable.” Nicole McLaughlin from Bourne


“It was extremely informative”

“My overall impression of the 5 day course was it was very helpful and I found it was extremely informative all the way through the course. I would highly recommend it to others” Rhys Wakelin from Helpringham

“I highly highly recommend to everyone that wants to learn to drive”

“Absolutely fantastic driving school, I booked the 5 day intensive course on which I gained alot of experience and knowledge on how to drive. Took my test today first attempt and passed with only 2 minors and this proves how brilliantly effective Bigtom’s driving school is. Thank-you to Tom and Tara who helped me to pass my test quickly. I highly highly recommend to everyone that wants to learn to drive. Thanks once again”  Darrell Constantine from Sleaford


“…boosted my confidence massively!!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Big Tom.  His patience was amazing and he boosted my confidence massively!!  I learnt so much in such a short space of time and am very happy with the progress I made so a big thankyou to Big Tom”  Paris Padley from Kirton, Boston.


“Tara made the test booking process seamless”

“What can I say? Tom is a Legend! He helped a nervous driver gain confidence in a supportive atmosphere. I had very little driving experience, and in just 20 hours he had me test ready and I passed FIRST time!! If you are looking for a patient, knowledgeable instructor Big Tom is your man!

On a side note (but equally important) Tara made the test booking process seamless and kept me updated every step of the way. I was very impressed with the text message the night before my test wishing me luck! It was a nice touch and shows how much Tara, Tom and the rest of the Big Tom team really care about their students.

I will be recommending Big Tom Driving School at every opportunity.”  Jason Dean from Peterbororough


“….an enjoyable, friendly experience…”

“Improved my road confidence.  Shown me how to be a good driver.  I now feel safer around other road users.  Applied the highway code practically.  It was an enjoyable, friendly experience”.  Elliott Gill from St. Neots


“…a very helpful and enjoyable experience.”

“The locations have been good for progression.  There was good caution over which places to go to at the skill level.  Good feedback and level of involvement in driving which promotes individual thought.  Very handy techniques for parking.  All in all, a very helpful and enjoyable experience”.  Tom Farmer from Little Bytham


“Tom gave me some brilliant resources to look at”

“This was a great way to learn how to drive. Tom gave me some brilliant resources to look at prior to my 5 day intensive course. Before starting my lessons, I had no driving experience in a car and by the end of the week, i passed my test first time. He was patient, friendly, helpful and very encouraging. He gave me all the advise and confidence I needed. I highly recommend BIG TOM intensive driving course to anyone whose looking to pass their test.”  Sam Smith from Sleaford


“Adapted to my needs and listened to me”

“BIG TOM was the only driving school in the area to provide an intensive course.  I had a brilliant instructor, he adapted to my needs and listened to me when I had concerns.  I couldn’t thank him enough for how quickly he helped me learn to drive and how nice and considerate he was to me throughout my experience.”  James Youds from Haconby


“If you want to learn quickly this course is really useful”

“If you want to learn quickly this course is really useful.  I learnt so much from being a beginner driver to driving round Peterborough in the rush hour.  Theory resources online are really good and the videos, especially for watching prior to the course to make yourself more comfortable when meeting Tom for the first time.  Tara is super helpful and accommodating.”  Anna Forbes-Rogers from Bourne


“I think the greatest thing I gained was confidence….”

“I decided on doing this intensive course because of the expiration date of my theory.  I had previously learnt to drive before but had never taken the test, therefore I had a time limit.  I booked this course for mid-June and my theory was to expire this upcoming August.  This was course was very beneficial for me because I got to learn so many skills in such a short span of time.  This course made me realise how much I had forgot after not driving for about 2 years.  Even though it gets a bit tiring driving constantly for 4 hrs, 5 days straight, the time goes by relatively quickly.  This course also provided resources to help us along, personally I found the videos on youtube the most useful.  I think the greatest thing I gained was confidence, because driving had never been something I liked, and I usually found it stressful and scary, but by driving in different situations it gives you more experience and confidence” Stephanie Kwok from Bourne

“I enjoyed his teaching style”

“I had a great week with Tom, very professional and polite.  I enjoyed his teaching style, calm and patient which suited my learning style.  Overall I feel I’m a much better driver than when I started.  Big thumbs up! 10 out of 10” Dalton Marsh from Bourne


“Chris showed me excellent tips which I would not have know myself”

“I am pleased that I passed my driving test with the help of my driving instructor today. He showed me excellent tips which I would not have known myself and these, along with his good manner and patience, helped me immensely. If I have friends who wish to take lessons I will tell them of your driving school and once again many thanks for all.” Shaun Dowdeswell from Spalding


“The most confident I’ve felt behind the wheel and the most I’ve enjoyed it”

“I chose BIG TOM because I had tried “normal” lessons but the breaks in between hadn’t suited my learning style.  The main advantages of BIG TOM for me was the intensity of the course and the ‘pick up/drop back’ service offered.  This is the most most confident I’ve felt behind the wheel and the most I’ve enjoyed it”.  Lizzy Lunn from Bourne


“I would definitely recommend BIG TOM Driving School and wish I’d gone with Tom in the first place”

“I started driving with Tom after failed a test with another instructor. He build my confidence by giving me clear instruction on how to improve my driving. He used different techniques to show what to do. I found the mock tests we did really helpful and showed me exactly what the examiner would be looking for. Driving every day with Tom gave me much more experience than having a lesson weekly. Tom made everything easy by booking my initial test and then finding me a cancelation because he thought I was ready to take my test earlier. On day 5 I took my test and passed with no driver errors. I would definitely recommend Big Tom Driving School and wish I’d gone with Tom in the first place.”  Oliver Stephenson from Carlby


“Learning with BIG TOM was helpful encouragement…”

“Learning with BIG TOM was helpful encouragement, spending time doing manoeuvres and building confidence in different driving environments” Joshua Healey from Spalding


“Very relaxed, no pressure”

“Very relaxed, no pressure and never felt pushed or rushed if I didn’t feel confident or comfortable”  Joshua Smith from St. Neots


“Fantastic ability to make me feel safe and confident”

“Has a fantastic ability to make me feel safe and confident while driving.  This was the first time I have really felt comfortable behind the wheel” Unnamed Customer Survey Form received 03/08/2016


“Very nicely organised behind the scenes”

“Just passed my driving test using BIG TOM’s Driving School.   I would highly recommend anyone wanting to learn to drive to do the same.  Brilliant training and bloke, also very nicely organised behind the scenes with Tara.  Big thank you.”  Graham Lucas from Peterborough


“….this course has been a brilliant experience….”

“Taking this course has been a brilliant experience.  It has given me the chance to identify my strengths and weaknesses and has then given me an enormous amount of time to practise and refine my skills as a driver.  I have now taken a large step towards passing my test and becoming a driver”  George Costello from Ramsey


“Tom is full of praise”

“Excellent service.  Really improved my driving ability and confidence.  Tom is full of praise, very laid back throughout the course.”  Kim Ablewhite from Morton


“BIG TOM Driving School was the best choice for me”

“As an older learner and parent, I felt it suited my needs more to do an intensive driving course.  After reading up on them, BIG TOM Driving School was the best choice for me.  Enjoyable, relaxed, friendly experience.  Very good teacher!”  Zoe Parry from Bourne

“I not only passed my test but feel able to drive in any situation”

“I found the BIG TOM 5 day intensive course a huge help very flexible and happy to fit in and around a hectic work schedule, unlike most driving instructors who aren’t as willing to accommodate.The week itself was really insightful and allowed me to build my confidence, ability and knowledge to the point where by I not only passed my test but feel able to drive in any situation. I would happily recommend BIG TOM to absolutely everyone, massive thanks it was great.”  Nick Dobie from Oakham

“We would definitely recommend your driving course to anyone”

“We were very impressed with how completely at ease he felt with you which I am sure contributed to being able to learn so quickly and we would definitely recommend your driving course to anyone.”  Alison Bishell from Bourne regarding her son Patrick

“Tom was never late to a lesson, never on his phone during a lesson”

“Highly recommending Tom and big Tom Driving School and here’s why…. I was NEVER going to be a driver.. NEVER NEVER! Then I found Tom , the only instructor who’s managed to calm me down enough to get out of 2nd gear. I have severe anxiety and also a condition which affects my memory , Tom would teach me things and I would forget but he didn’t ever get stressed with me or even raise his voice … not once! He stayed calm and patient and yesterday I passed my driving test! Tom was never late to a lesson, never on his phone during a lesson. So many other instructors are late, rude and impatient. If you want a driving teacher who takes his job seriously and does everything he can to make you feel ok, then Tom is your guy :)”  Rhiannon Kirby from Grantham

“I never thought that I would ever be able to learn so much in only 5 days”

“I would highly recommend Big Tom driving school to anyone. Tom Ingram is very knowledgeable, confident and patient driving instructor with excellent communication skills. I have done 5 day (20hrs) intensive driving course. I never thought that I would ever be able to learn so much in only 5 days! Thank you,Tom.” Viktorija Jezova


“Best money I have spent”

“After trying different instructors for a few years I found Tom through my Grandad, with very few lessons I passed first time! Best money I have spent :)” Louise Burrows from Peterborough


“…it was a great week!”

“I really enjoyed the 5 day course with Big Tom.  I found it very useful and found that over the 5 days I became more confident and I wasn’t as intimidated by other drivers as I had been at the start of the course.  We also worked on what to do at roundabouts which was extremely beneficial as they were something I had struggled with before but now can do them confidently.  I would definitely recommend, it was a great week!”  Lily Storer from Morton


“I loved the way the intensive course was layed out…”

Thank you so much for your help! I really enjoyed my intensive course and am so so happy to have passed first time! You were very calm and reassuring whenever I was unsure of something and allowing me to choose where we went each day was very beneficial to me! This has made me a more confident driver as I am confident in driving in different places! I loved the way the intensive course was layed out and how it was 4 hours driving each day as this meant I was able to stay confident in all areas rather than the usual “pay as you go” lessons where I feel I would have forgot things from the previous week! Chloe Shipley from Long Sutton


“…a very enjoyable experience…”

“I had a very enjoyable experience with BIG TOM Driving School, I learned many skills needed and gained confidence to implement these all together in my driving.” Sam Saddington from Peterborough


“Would recommend!”

“This was my second time on the BIG TOM intensive course and it was just as enjoyable.  He catered to my needs and prepared me for my driving test.  I felt that there were going to be no surprises on the driving test because of how prepared I was.  Would recommend!” Mark Craig from Sleaford


“You were always so calm even when I made mistakes”

Thanks for all your help and instruction on teaching me to drive (and pass my test first time). A few points about my time learning with you:

I found you very easy to communicate with, both in the car during lessons and on the phone (text). You put me at ease on the very first lesson with you and you were always so calm even when I made mistakes. It was nice that you were always early so my lessons always started on time.

You were also very good at explaining things in the simplest of ways and not over complicating things. I also thought it was fantastic that nearing my test date we took my lessons in my own car after we’d decided to use my car for my test. This was so useful as I wasn’t swapping from one car to another and I’m sure this played a big part on my test.

I really want to thank you again for getting me to such a high standard which will hopefully stay with me for life and I’m sure this is why I passed with only one minor (stupid one).” Liam Watkinson from Stamford


“He doesn’t pressurise you when you make mistakes”

” I found learning with Tom to be very effective. He doesn’t pressurise you when you make mistakes and makes it a cool calm driving experience. I had very little driving experience when I started, and passed my test within 9 days, and I put that down to the way I was taught. Very effective and efficient service – much appreciated. Will definitely recommend to anybody. Bargain price too!” Andy Graham from Peterborough


“He will make sure you pass your test with a high standard”

“What a driving instructor Tom is! A great driving instructor. Having come from a full bike licence and wanting to be on four wheels I chose tom and was never disappointed with him at all. He is really friendly and gives great advice and will put you at ease and also make sure you will pass your test with a high standard. I really cannot recommend him enough. I passed first time only one minor. Job well done. Thank you Tom” Gordon Annis from Bourne


“Pushes you to improve”

“Very much enjoyed the sessions.  Allowed you to go at your own pace but at the same time pushes you to improve.  Lots of reflection during lesson at points that go wrong or things that went well”  Emily Helliwell from Thurlby


“…encourages you to be independent with your driving…”

“I have truly enjoyed my five day intensive course with Big Tom. From no driving experience on day 1 and by day 5 feeling comfortable driving in major roads, I made great progress during my week with Big Tom. Tom, is a great driving instructor, he was very friendly, supportive but also encourages you to be independent with your driving. I have learnt so much within this week and I really have enjoyed my 5 day week with Big Tom driving course.”  Kiera Wilde from Bourne 


“It made it so much easier and more enjoyable learning”

“I really enjoyed the whole experience, it made it so much easier and more enjoyable learning from some1 who is calm in every situation but also pushes you to keep going which helped me pick up driving very quickly considering I had never driven before my 1st lesson and would like to thank tom for his help”   Jake Overland from Bourne


“I enjoyed it and also I passed both tests first time”

“I thought the resources provided to help me (driving videos, online theory practice) were very useful. I think Big Tom is a very good driving school because I enjoyed it and also I passed both parts of my tests first time, which shows that Big Tom does make you a good driver in a short period of time.” William Platt from Peterborough


“Tom didn’t just teach me to pass my test, he taught me how to drive”

“Big Tom delivered exactly what was promised on the website which is to learn by driving. I had no previous driving experience at all. In the space of 7 days I went from being a beginner with limited confidence in my ability to drive, to being ready and confident to drive on my own after I passed. Tom didn’t just teach me to pass my test, he taught me how to drive. ”
Ben Rossi from Grantham


“Learned so much….and was really enjoyable”

“Would definitely recommend this course to others learning to drive!  Learned so much on the course and was really enjoyable”.  Patrick Bishell from Bourne


“I would definitely recommend you to anyone…..”

“Thanks ever so much for all your help in preparing Liam for life behind the wheel. You’ve done a brilliant job with him and I’m very comfortable being chauffeured about by Liam. I would definitely recommend you to anyone wanting their son or daughter to be taught to a very high standard by a very professional and likeable person” Mark Watkinson (Father of pupil)


Message to Tara (BIG TOM Admin)

“Thank you for all your help and support throughout my daughters whole driving experience with BIGTOM,  she has enjoyed learning to drive and your quick responses have been appreciated.” Angela Buckley (Mother of pupil)

“I found the two week course really helpful”

“I found the two week course really helpful- Tom was very kind and patient at teaching me which made me feel relaxed while driving because I am a new driver so was very nervous. I learnt some really helpful tips which will aid me in my future driving experiences. The flexibility to focus on what the student feels important to their progress once the basics have been learnt is great, I would come into each session with a rough idea in my head about what I wanted to focus on due to previous weaknesses highlighted in other sessions. You are encouraged to go forward for your test at the end of the course as soon as you feel comfortable but more sessions are available if you would like them which is brilliant if you are having last minute nerves before the test and want to refresh on certain aspects of the course.”  Emma Shrapel from Morton


“He has great patience, pleasant attitude and listens to what you have to say”

“Passed first time with Tom’s help and guidance. He has great patience, pleasant attitude and listens to what you have to say. Gives clear precise advice and allows you time to get to know the car and feel your way around the controls.   I would recommend Tom to teach my friends to drive.”   Andrew McKinnon-Paton from Peterborough


“…little delay in re-taking and passing my test…”

“My experience with big tom was great, Tom has a positive teaching style and a great personality so he makes you comfortable and relaxed. I failed my first test and rebooked through big tom for asap and had little delay in re-taking and passing my test.  I would highly recommend big tom as his teaching methods are outstanding and second to none making for a great learning and driving experience.” Ryan Tatlow from Deeping


“He did not just prepare me for the test, but driving in real life”

“I’d like to thank Tom for helping me to pass my driving test first time, he did not just prepare me for the test but driving in real life, with real life situations. Tom is a very calm person and was able to help me stay calm, when I didn’t do things correctly. He never got frustrated with me and kept a calm manner. He is very professional and polite, we were able to have general conversations and have a laugh when learning how to drive. I thoroughly recommend Tom and his teaching style. Thank you Tom”   Summer Sleight from Bourne


“He also has an excellent sense of humour and is open to the learner’s suggestions”

“As a 63 year old who had never had a driving lesson I feel very lucky that I found Tom Ingram through the Directory. He is very patient and has a clear sense of how progress is made; he also has the ability to communicate that sense. He also has an excellent sense of humour and is open to the learner’s suggestions. All of which means that the lessons are enjoyable even for someone who still finds driving often intimidating” John Lancaster from Peterborough


“Makes you feel at ease”

“Learnt so much in one week, great guy and he makes you feel at ease, would definitely recommend him to other learners” Becka Skellet from Grantham


“Tom is an excellent instructor who gives clear instructions”

“I am very pleased with my 5 day intensive driving course.  I went from knowing hardly anything about driving to being able to drive.  Yes there’s more to learn and get used to but that is because it’s all new.  Tom is an excellent instructor who gives clear instructions and is honest with all of my abilities in the car.  I know more now and will continue with the knowledge that with each lesson I am closer to gaining my driving licence”  Elliot Flynn from Ruskington


“As the intensive driving course went on, my confidence grew….”

“If you are looking for a driving instructor.. look no further!!! Tom is the best there is 🙂
I did the intensive driving course with Tom. Tom is a great driving instructor. He is patient, supportive and explains things really well. As the driving course went on, my confidence grew and passing my driving test was a huge boost. Just want to say a huge thanks to Tom who encouraged me to persevere with my driving and it certainly paid off. I would highly recommend booking with him”   Haleema from Peterborough


“You were a calm instructor, easy to talk to and always made me feel comfortable”

“The only feedback I can really give is a positive one. You were really helpful and a calm Instructor, easy to talk to and always made me feel comfortable. You were a very understanding Instructor and were there to help every step of the way. Thank you.”     Darran Carroll from Peterborough


“Tom made the whole experience enjoyable”

“I felt he was a good teacher, he explained things clearly, I fully understood him, and felt supported. Tom made the whole experience enjoyable, and I would recommend him to my deaf friends.”   Gem Dixon from Peterborough (profoundly deaf)


“…tailors the lessons to exactly what you need…”

“I really liked the way big tom teaches, he tailors the lessons to exactly what you need.  I have 4 x 5 hour lessons at weekends and they were incredibly helpful.  Everything was explained well and I was given specific advice for each topic we covered.”  James Smart from Boston


“He adapts the learning techniques to you as an individual”

“My experience of learning to drive was very positive thanks to my lessons with Tom. I started out with very little time behind the wheel but was helped to feel very calm and relaxed. He adapts the learning techniques to you as an individual, ensuring you learn at your own pace. I started out with very little confidence, but thanks to Tom and his calming influence this was overcome quite quickly. Mock tests helped me prepare for the real practical test and assisted in reducing my nerves for test day. I knew what to expect so there were never any surprises. Tom also has lots of useful videos online which help with tackling more difficult techniques or situations. Overall my experience was fantastic and I would recommend anyone looking to start driving to give Tom a call!”   Georgia Galloway from Bourne


“Tom also allowed me to take control of what we covered each lesson, so I could practice what I thought I wasn’t good at”

“I passed my test first time in March 2011, and it wasn’t until I had been driving on my own for a few months that I really fully appreciated the extent to which learning with Tom prepared me for real life driving, for me it was the little extra things, like anticipating attitudes of drivers that I feel added the extra safety aspect to my driving. I know from friends experiences that alot of driving schools just drive the “test routes” (the common routes taken by the examiners) but this really doesn’t prepare you for driving new roads on your own – one particular highlight of my lessons was the rural drives around areas new to me as they opened my eyes to the many unexpected hazards that are on the roads! Tom also allowed me to take control of what we covered each lesson, so I could practice what I thought I wasn’t good at – he also took me to park in Queensgate, which let\’s face it is a lifelong skill for living in Peterborough! Toms lessons have a relaxed approach, and I would thoroughly recommend learning with him.   Lisa Reid from Peterborough


“Tom gave her confidence and was very patient”

“I would highly recommend anyone to take lessons with Tom, whether you have never driven or have experience.
Our daughter Shannon had never stepped foot behind a driving wheel, and was very nervous, that was March and by August she was test ready, Tom gave her confidence and was very patient. He is also very happy to speak to parents too as many of us have been passed a while so taking Shannon out in her own vehicle I felt confident to sit beside her. Tom also encourages students to use their own car, in fact Shannon felt that confident she took her test in her own car and passed first time.”   Mel Ronan from Bourne (Mother of pupil)

“Made learning to drive fun”

“Unlike any other instructor, highly recommend, made learning to drive fun, wouldn’t learn with anyone else!” Helen Gilberto from Peterborough


“Made me feel at ease with something I wasn’t comfortable with to start with”

“I would like to thank Tom for taking the time to teach me to drive last week on a 30 hour intensive course. I learnt so much and Tom really made me feel at ease with something I wasn’t comfortable with to start with. I would highly recommend BIG TOM to anyone. Great teacher and a nice guy to boot. Thanks Tom”   Graeme Miles from Peterborough


“Helped me to pass first time with only 1 minor”

“BIG TOM helped me to pass first time with only 1 minor! He is really patient and calm, covering all aspects of driving. For example, multi story car parks and back road driving. Thoroughly recommend him!”   Dalton Harris from Peterborough


“Allowed me to develop my driving at a good pace”

“The 5 days is a good way to learn to drive and allowed me to develop my driving at a good pace as I could remember what’s needed to be developed from the previous lesson.  The theory resource was really useful and current”.  Thomas Dray from Bourne


Highly recommend, I passed first time with very few lessons.”

Tom Roberts from Bourne


“Actually enjoyed lessons and couldn’t wait for my next”

“Great driving instructor, had a lot of time and patience for me. Actually enjoyed lessons and couldn’t wait for my next. Also a small comfortable car to drive”   Tasha Clarke from Peterborough 


“Tom made me feel at ease when driving”

“Highly recommend Tom, and would like to thank him for helping me my pass my test, not only is he a great guy but also a fantastic instructor and has a lot of time for his students. Tom’s knowledge of driving shows through his teaching and has great patience and made me feel at ease when driving. All round great instructor and top bloke, cheers Tom!” Liam Mountford from Bourne


You have a 100% record in this house”

“Hi Tom, just thought I’d let you know that Jamie passed his test this morning.  I’d like to thank you for everything you’ve done for him.  You have a 100% record in this house, first Liam and now Jamie.  Thank you.”  Mark and Lorraine Watkinson from Stamford


“His friendly manner made me very relaxed and at ease”

“Big Tom is a great driving instructor; his friendly manner made me very relaxed and at ease during my lessons. He always arrived for my lessons on time, and he is very easy to contact via facebook, text etc. I enjoyed the lessons and he taught me to drive, rather than just pass my test. I would thoroughly recommend learning with Big Tom Driving School!”   Georgina Ivens from Peterborough


“BIGTOM provides constant feedback and further resources”

“The 5 day intense driving course is a great way to learn how to drive. It is extremely helpful; as I was able to be picked up at a location of my choice and dropped off as well. The course is filled with different driving locations and all done at your own pace! BigTom provides constant feedback and further resources to build on your driving skill. A thoroughly enjoyed experience and would highly recommend to all!” Nikita Murdoch from Donnington


“He is very patient and is an excellent teacher”

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for our motorway driving session! It allowed me to have some experience on a motorway with a qualified instructor so that I am confident driving on them 🙂 thank you! I would thoroughly recommend Big Tom Driving School as he is very patient and is an excellent teacher! And I would suggest taking the offer of a motorway session after you have passed with Tom as it gives you a great experience with Tom there to guide you 🙂 thank you! :)” Lucy Richings from Bourne


“Willing to go at the learners’ pace”

“Calm attitude to teaching, reassuring for beginners and willing to go at the learners’ pace would recommend to anyone looking for a reliable and friendly instructor!” Sophie Pick from Bourne


“I miss having you as my driving instructor”

“Tom is everything you want in a driving instructor: calm, clear, supportive, knowledgeable and funny. He is very patient and punctual, taking a pride in his car so it’s clean. He varies the routes, so you learn about different situations and his use of anecdotes is entertaining. Thanks Big Tom – it’s great to have passed but I miss having you as my driving instructor” Katie Ankin from Peterborough


“Professional and informative”

“Very professional and informative extremely helpfully would definitely recommend tom to anyone” Karl Gregory from Bourne

“First time pass after 15 hours of tuition”

“You couldn’t ask for a better instructor than Tom, he is knowledgable, patient and makes everything so easy to understand. First time pass after 15 hours of tuition!”   Richard Lamb from Peterborough


“You can go many places”

“Learnt a lot in only 5 days from nothing to be able to drive on dual carriageways etc.  Accelerated my learning.  You can go many places – you are not restricted to where you can go as you are not limited to a short time.  Would have been more successful for someone with experience.  Quick pace so not useful for those who aren’t confident”  Charlotte Ward from Thurlby


“I would highly recommend to anyone”

“The weekend course was great for me to fit around my work commitments.  Tara and Tom kept me informed of the test promptly and professionally.  I would highly recommend to anyone” James Turner from Holbeach Drove


“Knows what he is doing”

“Great guy who knows what he is doing I would definitely recommend”   Kelly Waudby from Bourne


“…has a lot of patience”

I would like to thank big Tom for the driving experience I had with him, he’s a brilliant instructor that makes you feel at ease whilst learning and has a lot of patience, I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to pass there test, thanks again Tom.. rick 👍


“…the online videos were very helpful”

“The week was enjoyable and done at a good pace. They didn’t rush the course and everything was taught at a pace that I could understand. And the online videos were very helpful.  Overall a great Course and I would recommend it.”  Joshua Inglis from Morton


“Pick up and drop off were a life saver”

“Brilliant all round.  Videos were useful.  Tom adjusted the lessons to suit me.  The BIG TOM show me/tell me guide was particularly useful.  Pick up and drop off were a life saver, on time every day” Alistair Moss from Whaplode


“….a very enjoyable experience”

“I wanted an intensive course on weekends because of work and BIG TOM ticked all the boxes and made it a very enjoyable experience.  Learning with BIG TOM was absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t thank him enough”  Brandon Gibbins from Donington


“Became a more self-confident driver”

“Very happy with my driving course experience.  Became a more sel-confident driver and gained valuable driving knowledge” Tommy Spires from Peterborough


“Such an enjoyable week!” Poppy Law from Huntingdon


benefits to you of the BIG TOM 5 Day Intensive Course are enormous.  Click HERE to see why our customers choose our course


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Supercharge your BIG TOM intensive driving course

This blog will demonstrate how easy it is to get the maximum value out of your BIG TOM intensive driving course by making use of our extensive driving video library

Our BIG TOM driving video channel alongside our BIG TOM intensive driving course (0800 689 4174) offers our customers the opportunity to maximise their learning experience, making learning to drive, easier, quicker and stress free. You really would have to ask yourself why would you NOT want to do that?! This amazing benefit that we provide is unique to the BIG TOM Driving Success Programme© and puts our customers at a major advantage when it comes to sitting in the car for the first time. Read on to see how this can save you a bucket load of money.

There are 1500+ people are already subscribed to our amazing YouTube driving channel, and you can see for yourself that a great many of them are not even BIG TOM customers, but they recognise the value to be gained by viewing them. There are an extraordinary number of positive comments of thanks on our videos. Look what Jimmy Jagg commented after viewing one of the BIG TOM driving videos:

“I am already a driver with full licence and no accidents in over 40 years, but I like the way that you have put yourself completely into safe driving. Thinking ahead is extremely important as it gives you a breathing space in which to react to incidents that may crop up whilst driving. I know that any of your pupils will make excellent drivers as long as they take your advice on thinking beyond gaining their full licence. Keep up the good work Tom”

One BIG TOM driving video on bay parking has had over 250,000 views. The videos are advertisement free, and deliberately designed to be short, sharp, concise ‘golden nuggets’ of information. But we are loyal to our customers, and we offer them exclusive, restricted access to a bank of further in depth driving videos that are even better than the videos for public viewing.  Our customers get better prepared for their intensive driving course, they in effect, attend the course, and “hit the ground running” as they have already raised their awareness prior to Day 1 of the BIG TOM intensive course. The videos also help to reinforce learning, they assist in reflecting on what has been taught and our customers say they like to see in the comments how others are getting on, as it makes them feel more comfortable being in a circle of other people experiencing the same thoughts and feelings.

There are driving videos filmed at a whole range of different sized villages, towns and cities – and much like the popular BIG TOM Intensive driving courses, it gives the viewer the chance to experience a wide range of different driving conditions.

We cover the following regions on our intensive driving courses in Peterborough, Grantham, Sleaford, Lincoln, Spalding, Bourne, Stamford, and Boston. There are dozens of customer reviews and testimonials to be viewed across all of the BIG TOM channels – you can see for yourself why our courses are so popular.


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Pass Rates in Peterborough and Grantham

Interested in pass rates? Here are the very latest pass rates for the UK and also Peterborough and Grantham as released by the DVSA.

The following data is for the period July – September 2015:

  • Number of theory tests conducted is up 17% from last year, and practical driving tests is up 5%. The theory test pass rate is 50% and the practical driving test is 47%, male being 51% and female 44%.
  • The pass rate at Grantham is 52% with the number of pupils passing the test on their first attempt being 50%. For Peterborough the pass rate is lower at 45% with the first time pass rate at 46% (historically, Peterborough has always had a lower pass rate than Grantham).
  • Driving test waiting times are 4/3/16 for Grantham and 9/3/16 for Peterborough – both coming in at a 12 week waiting time. Remember that BIG TOM Driving School customers get their tests booked for them in much shorter waiting times than those figures quoted.
  • That is the last blog for 2015. Big congratulations to all BIG TOM customers who passed their test in 2015 and thank you for your custom – do keep in touch with the driving school, and remember the journey for you has just begun, there is still much to learn about driving safely, discovering how your driving ability is affected by other influences.
  • Safe driving to all readers – have a great Christmas and peaceful new year. Tom

BIG TOM Driving School Intensive Driving Courses in Peterborough, Grantham, Spalding, Stamford, Sleaford, Bourne. FREEPHONE: 0800 689 4174


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Intensive Driving Course in Grantham News

BIG TOM Driving School continues to offer our Intensive Driving Course in Grantham 01476 850050 and this blog is aimed at the pupils (and their parents) who are simply looking for the latest news about the courses and information about learning to drive.

On the BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course in Grantham our customers are asked to think of all aspects of road safety including the responsibilities that come with having your full driving licence. Car insurance, willingness to check tyres, eco driving, identifying fatigue, managing in-car distractions are some examples that are covered on our courses, because our experience shows that if learner drivers are not encouraged to raise their awareness of these things, unfortunately they can pass under the radar, and then they are not making informed decisions. Take car insurance as just one example. Latest figures from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau estimate there are 300,000 young uninsured drivers in the UK. The figure is ever increasing as the average cost for 18-20 year old car insurance is now £972 per year. The consequences of this fact are far reaching for everyone not least the drivers. In our courses, customers are encouraged to consider their attitude to driving around without insurance, the possible outcomes, identify the influencing factors that consciously and unconsciously affect their future behaviour. Take a look at this video.

How quickly can you respond for an emergency stop? Thankfully, these situations don’t crop up too often in normal day to day driving, but on the BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course in Grantham our customers are encouraged to discover how responsive they are, and some of the factors that might affect their response times. You see, we are all different, and attempting to check response times of getting on the brake pedal in an emergency in the same way that one might check eyesight by looking at a registration plate at a certain distance is not very sensible. A drivers response time to stop the car in an emergency can be affected by many factors, and having an appreciation of them and how much they affect stopping distances does open the mind about thinking of emergency stops in a more realistic manner than just how quickly you apply brakes when a driving instructor raises their hand and says “STOP”. It’s an eye opener believe us – and as weird as it might sound, it’s actually very beneficial to raise awareness of your own personal strengths and weaknesses when driving. Take this short test for a bit of fun on the subject, the programme predicted my age within just 2 years, so pretty accurate for me!

According to latest RAC research a staggering 81% of company car drivers admit to regularly breaking the 70mph speed limit, this compares to what is still an eye watering 69% of private motorists. On the Intensive Driving Course in Grantham it is a sad fact that our customers will regularly witness excessive speeding by drivers on a range of roads from driving around Grantham town centre, to the rural roads leading to the villages on the outskirts of Grantham, and including the A1. Understanding what our individual beliefs are about speeding, and appreciating how factors like peer pressure, conditioning from role models, and busy schedules can affect those beliefs is an important thought process to go through. Evidence shows that rarely do we intentionally choose to speed, and with the best of intentions or perceptions of the speeds we THINK we drive at, often the reality can be different. One question is why we choose to not let technology assist us in this regard. Despite the overwhelming evidence that places a direct link between loss of control of a vehicle and excessive speed, there still appears to be divided opinion about the use of “Intelligent Speed Adaption” technology. Here at BIG TOM we welcome such technology as we recognise that human behaviour by its very nature is complex, sometimes unpredictable and often unintentional . But feel free to take a look at this technology used by Ford and let us know your opinion on managing speed while driving.

BIG TOM Driving School   Intensive Driving Course in Grantham    Book now: 01476 850050


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BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course Learner Blog Update

The purpose of this blog is to aid communication for all customers attending the BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough, Grantham, Spalding, Stamford, Bourne, Sleaford. Call 0800 689 4174

Very recently on the BBC there was a piece on the poor safety statistics for Lincolnshire Roads.  It is actually making the point that deaths and serious injury on rural (country) roads in the UK had been steadily declining at nearly half the rate in 2012 that it was in 2005.  However, since 2012, the trend is reversed and is currently getting significantly worse.  As Lincolnshire has 155,000 miles of rural roads, they chose to come to our county and more than that they actually visited the “new” Peterborough to Spalding bypass due to the number of fatalities it has had in the 5 years since its construction.  If you monitor BIG TOM Driving School social links you will see that BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course customers get to drive on that particular stretch of road precisely for the reason of developing the skill of recognising when driving conditions worsen and danger is ahead.  It is a vital skill to develop and BIG TOM Intensive Driving Courses specifically feature that particular road – this is an opportunity that may not be available (due to time restrictions) on traditional pay as you go driving lessons.  There are other particular areas that are covered on BIG TOM Intensive Driving Courses which we would be happy to share with you should you want to know.  HERE IS THE LINK to the show which we recommend you take time out to watch (there are 2 separate clips in the show, both worth watching):

The Christmas 2015 THINK! Drink Drive Campaign: In The Doghouse #butalive is HERE.

The Driving Examiner strike action has now passed.  Our local test centres were affected unfortunately.  Do remember that if you prefer, we do offer at BIG TOM Driving School to take the stress and frustration of booking tests away from you, by providing a special service for BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course customers only.  This has the added benefit of easily arranging tests that suit both your own diary whilst also making sure the driving school is available for the test slot too.  It is possible for us to help you jump the long driving test queues.

Tom from BIG TOM Driving School is attending the last CPD training event for 2015 later this week.  He enrolled on the BTEC 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development earlier this year, and part of the course is to attend 1 day sessions and this next one is in Newport Pagnell.  Any pupils of BIG TOM Driving School from Grantham, Peterborough, Bourne, Sleaford, Stamford or Spalding who would be prepared to have parts of their intensive driving course recorded and provide their thoughts and feelings for the purposes of enabling Tom to formally record his progress, are encouraged to show their willingness to assist.  There are a number of ways that the driving school can thank you for your assistance in this regard and we would be happy to discuss this further.

BIG TOM Intensive Driving courses in Grantham, Peterborough, Sleaford, Bourne, Spalding and Stamford are available within a choice of 2 slots per day.  We offer our customers either 8-12 or 1-5 slots, this is because the feedback from our customers tells us that this choice can be important for busy people with other commitments.  Do also remember that at BIG TOM, the sessions start and finish at the customers chosen pick up point which can be a work or home address; another example of the flexibility provided by BIG TOM Driving School.

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 4/12/15

Your local driving school in Bourne gives you all the motoring info around your area…

  • A serious accident at the weekend involving a silver Toyota Corolla on the A1 nr Rutland has left Police asking for witnesses to come forward. The 27 yr old driver from Reading died and the front passenger seriously injured.
  • Roadworks continue in South Road, Bourne near the junction with Great Northern Gardens, which is expected to be closed for 1 day on 13/12/15
  • A 59 yr old male from Deeping St James pleaded guilty to drink driving in Thurlby – disqualified from driving for 40 months, fined £675
  • Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough, nr the voluntary fire brigade, was partially blocked on Monday causing heavy congestion, due to blocks of ice had fallen off a lorry.
  • A 71 yr old male from Folkingham was found guilty of driving otherwise in accordance with a licence, and defective tyres. Fined £569 and 3 points added to driving licence.
  • An elderly lady suffered injury after a 2 vehicle accident on Monday night at Spittalgate Level on the B1174, Grantham.
  • A 43 yr old male from Billingborough was found guilty of failing to provide information relating to the driver of a vehicle involved in an offence and was fined £961 and had 6 points added to his driving licence.
  • Despite Ancaster being one of the first villages to pilot the Community Speed Watch and receive the speeding equipment for the ‘Gateway Scheme’, residents have started a petition calling for further enforcement and road safety measures such is their complaint of speeding motorists through the village.
  • A 24 yr old male from Wisbech has been convicted of drink driving after being found to be 3 x over the legal limit. He had only lost his driving licence 2 days previously after being found guilty of the same offence. Driving ban for 3 yrs, car seized, 6 week prison sentence, £260 fine.
  • 300 bikers rode into Grantham for the Christmas Bikers’ Toy Run to deliver toys for need children.
  • Police in Lincolnshire have joined up with E.Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Police Forces to enforce a campaign against drunk and drugged motorists.
  • BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne was only affected with 1 cancelled driving test this week (Saturday). The other test for the driving school was on Tuesday and was undertaken due to no strike action that day. Driving Examiners across the country are striking and applying a work to rule after what are considered to be unreasonable demands from their employer the DVSA.

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Looking for driving lessons in Bourne?

This blog is primarily aimed for the good people of Bourne who I am sensing are looking for some answers about everything concerned with driving lessons in Bourne. There is much change going on in the industry, take a minute to read this blog and you will be more informed and aware of the significant changes going on.

The amount of people taking driving lessons in Bourne has sky rocketed. You need look no further than the BIG TOM blog describing the annual Y12 road safety talk at Bourne Grammar School that Tom Ingram from BIG TOM Driving School presents.   It reported the number of Yr 12 pupils at Bourne Grammar School who expressed a desire for driving lessons in Bourne in September 2015 to be nearly 100% compared to the number in September 2014 that was less than 50%. In a nutshell, this is what is happening across the whole of the UK, and there are of course consequences.

BIG TOM Driving School is in the middle of a recruitment campaign for Driving Instructors in an attempt to satisfy the demand. Not only are there not enough Driving Instructors but as has been recently mentioned on the BIG TOM blog, the DVSA do not have enough Driving Examiners in test centres across the UK to satisfy the demand. As such, we have these waiting times for driving tests of typically 8-12 weeks but can be longer. One of the consequences of this situation is that should a pupil fail a driving test, there can be issues relating to the delay incurred for another test and also the availability of a Driving Instructor to give more lessons. Long gone are the days when a test fail can be just dismissed with a sigh but not to worry, and just book another one. If ever there were a time to be focussed to pass the driving test on the first attempt, this is it, and of course, having knowledge of that fact, in itself, does little to relieve nerves on test day. The latest DVSA statistics are telling the industry that only 21% of candidates taking the driving test nationally are passing it first time. So concerned are the DVSA with this fact, and the further pressures it brings on a booking system that is already creaking, that they are proposing to incentivize candidates to pass the test first time by providing an amount of cash back (not known at this stage how much of the £62 test fee), should the candidate be successful on the first attempt.

In our experience, this cash back will have little consequence to the situation we are in. There is a deep seated culture of inactivity in the driving industry that is primarily due to any Government being unwilling to bring about change for good due to there being an amount of “pain” associated with that change that would be most unwelcome by the voting public. In the UK we are using the same basic principle of how we all learn to drive and get tested that has been used for decades, and it simply is not fit for purpose. It works on the premise that a young adult once reaching a certain age, automatically has the right to learn to drive, regardless of attitude to road safety, in any manner that s/he chooses, with or without the assistance of a professional Driving Instructor, and then go to test at a time that suits them. Due to the fact that since 2007 driving test numbers had been in a steady decline, there had never been a shortage of Driving Instructors eager to attempt to get some of that dwindling business even if it was with £9 driving lessons, and so the de-valuing of the industry has been fed throughout for many years now. That drip drip feed of intransigence on the part of Government has consequences. Parents are one of the primary role models for pupils, and parents are, through no fault of their own, basing their opinions of learning to drive on a process that was in place when they took their tests. Coupled with that, as unfortunate a fact as it might be, many qualified drivers driving around on UK streets these days simply would not pass a current day driving test – which has as much to do with lack of law enforcement as it does with re-education.

Evidence being gathered globally is tending to indicate that there is much to be gained by starting road safety education earlier in a young person’s life. The old model of teaching a person how to drive purely through rote and repetition is limited in its long term effectiveness; 20% of newly qualified drivers are having an accident within the first 250 miles of driving post driving test. Car insurance providers are often quoting premiums to young drivers that are more expensive than the car being insured. All the evidence is suggesting that the process for learning to drive is not stringent enough to provide outcomes that are fit for purpose. The DVSA are attempting to lay blame for this situation with Driving Instructors, by wanting to introduce a traffic light grading system of Driving Instructors for the public to see. The implication being that pupils are not being trained well enough for life-long safe driving, and this traffic light grading system would include the pass rates of that Driving Instructor. It is being fiercely resisted by Driving Instructors up and down the country (even if not by the NASP who are a collection of the main Driving Instructor associations and liase with the DVSA supposedly representing the opinion of their members). The reason why it is being fiercely resisted is because by introducing this measure, the DVSA are holding Driving Instructors to account for the performance of driving test pass rates without providing the autonomy that enables them to affect the outcome. If this proposal was to come in to force, we would have Driving Instructors as nervous as candidates on test day, such is the prospect of a test fail dropping them from a green light to an amber alert. Ultimately, pupils (or perhaps more accurately, their parents) have always had the opportunity to freely change Driving Instructors, without hardship, if they feel a Driving Instructor is unnecessarily preventing the pupil going to test – more than that though, they have always had the opportunity to remove the Driving Instructor from the assessment process completely, and take the driving test in their own car.

At BIG TOM Driving School our FIRST TIME pass rate in 2015 for customers on our intensive driving courses is 64% – well above the national figure of 21% but arguably still too low. The FIRST TIME pass rate for our customers doing traditional pay as you go lessons in 2015 is currently 81.25%. Who is to say how these first time pass rates would be graded on a traffic light system by the DVSA but consider the following real-life situation that Driving Instructors up and down the country will be able to associate with. A pupil of 17 coming from an affluent family background, having had a vehicle bought for them sitting on the drive, and having the fortunate opportunity to do plenty of hours practise with parents before, during and after completing a BIG TOM 40 hour intensive driving course keeps failing mock tests. However, there is an increasing expectation on the pupils shoulders to get to the driving test sooner rather than later. The pupil goes to test and fails for not checking the blind spot before moving off. No part of the driving test that involved the car actually moving was sub-standard to the requirements of the driving test. The ONLY reason for failing the driving test, was the repeated lack of blind spot checks prior to moving off from a stationary position. Herein lies the problem. What the DVSA are failing to take into account is the expectations of the pupil and their parents. BIG TOM Driving School is successful because it likes to respond to the desires of our customers. The standard of mock test provided by BIG TOM Driving School is extremely close to that of the driving test standard, in terms of both the way it is conducted and the way any faults are assessed. This is achieved because it has always been the policy to observe a driving test if our customer has no objections to it; as such over 95% of driving tests conducted with BIG TOM Driving School pupils have been personally observed by Tom Ingram. But, as can be seen above, if pupils or pupils parents fail to value the judgement of that assessment of a mock test, then as they are the customer, and as long as safety is not compromised, BIG TOM will respect the wishes of the customer (BIG TOM Driving School has not had a single accident since it was established in 2009 – we do not take risk assessment lightly). In all the time of following this criteria, only once has a customer failed a BIG TOM mock test, insisted on going to test, and passed the driving test (this was in fact a customer from Bourne). In all other occasions, a failed mock test(s) prior to taking the actual driving test has resulted in a failed driving test – it is a very reliable measure. The point is, the service that is being provided there is not valued, there is a greater desire to ignore the professional advice and take a test, than there is to heed the warning.

In addition to this, as previously reported in this BIG TOM blog, there is a pilot scheme running now for adaptions to the current driving test. Early signs show that there is an increase in pass rate of the region of 10% for the new driving test. But, there is no evidence surfacing as yet that pupils who are more frequently passing this new driving test have been the recipient of any driving training from a higher qualified Driving Instructor, or received additional hours training that can logically justify this increase in pass rate. At a recent CPD event attended by the author, the Deputy National Chairman of the MSA described in his presentation regarding the recruitment of candidates for this pilot, that the new driving test they would be undertaking specifically did not require any higher level of competence than the existing driving test. So it seems that we have a new driving test that is provided by the same calibre of Driving Instructor, is technically of no greater difficulty than the existing driving test, apparently takes no longer to train for, and yet it is resulting in a 10% increase in the pass rate. One has to question what message that is giving the public and professional Driving Instructors about raising driving standards in the UK.

It is far from clear cut. There are many factors that are affecting what is happening out there at the moment, but the intention of this blog is to raise the awareness of customers and potential customers of BIG TOM Driving School as to the major influencers affecting good quality driving training. If there are any questions from concerned parents or pupils, please feel free to email Tom on

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Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough Roundabout Signs

On our Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough (01733 306016), our pupils will come across literally dozens of roundabouts of varying size and shape. One of the main reasons why some people struggle to deal with roundabouts effectively is because they are unable to imagine, visualise in their head what is going to happen as they approach the roundabout. This blog will introduce the importance of taking note of what roundabout signs actually tell us as drivers.


Take a look at the following roundabout sign. Whilst you are very likely to come across these on your Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough, they most certainly will not be covered on any driving test. Imagine you have passed your test, and you see these two signs:






Now take a look at this roundabout sign.







Let’s just take a minute to actually notice the information that is on those signs, because although this might come as a surprise, these 2 signs are on the same approach of the same roundabout in Peterborough.

  • The top sign has the roundabout placed higher up on the sign, so that it enables all the destinations to be listed down the left hand side
  • The top sign has no destinations listed for the exits at the top of the sign. When you see 2 roundabout signs on approach to the same roundabout, the first one will have major destinations listed eg London, Northampton, the second one will have local destinations listed. As such, there is seldom any repeating of destinations between the 2 signs. On some roads, the background colour of the roundabout signs differ depending on which type of destinations they have listed. You will see plenty of examples on your intensive driving course in Peterborough of the first, major destinations roundabout sign being green, and the more local destinations roundabout sign that comes after having a white background colour.
  • The actual round, roundabout symbol is not a full circle. This is intended to reflect the fact that you can’t drive right as you come on to the roundabout. Remember there are many non-UK drivers on our roads, and some might need reminding which way they travel round a roundabout.
  • The number 2 in the corner relates to the junction number on the dual-carraigeway, and these junction numbers can be seen on maps and sat navs.
  • You will be approaching this roundabout from the 6 o/c position (on a clock face). Don’t assume this is always the case, whilst it often is, pay attention to where the broken link is, as that is an indication of the position you are approaching the roundabout at. There is an example in Peterborough where the sign indicates that you are approaching the roundabout at the 3 o/c position, not the traditional 6 o/c position – again, don’t worry, you will have plenty of opportunity to see all of this on your intensive driving course in Peterborough.
  • The long wide black lines with arrow heads at the end are exits off of the roundabout, the shorter, stubby black lines with no arrow heads are entry points on to the roundabout. If you see thin black lines with no arrow heads, it can be because the exit leads to a dead end, it can also be that the exit is for a destination that is not intended to be shown on that particular roundabout sign eg the top roundabout sign has short black lines at 11 o/c and 1 o/c as the exits are for local destinations and not intended for that sign.
  • Notice the different colours denoting different class of roads and local places of interest/tourist attractions
  • Notice that if you were unfamiliar with this roundabout, you would have no idea how many exit lanes there are for each of the exits shown.

Now take a look at this roundabout sign in Peterborough:







There a couple of things to note about this sign:

  • The sign is showing that the 2 roundabouts (in this case mini-roundabouts), are very close together. No sooner have you exited the first roundabout when you are then approaching the second roundabout. This can be quite an important point, because as is the case in this example, if driving to Leicester, you would do well to approach the first roundabout in the right hand lane, so that you exit it in the right hand lane and approach the second in the right hand lane. Fail to do get in the correct lane on the approach to the first, and you will have some awkward manoeuvring to do between the two roundabouts which in real terms is no more than 20 metres of distance.
  • Notice the roundabout at the bottom actually only has 2 exits available as you approach it. Either straight over, first exit, or all the way round and going back the way you come (a manoeuvre that the Highway Code advises you try to avoid on mini-roundabouts as it can surprise other road users). You see the short stubby black line at 3 o/c has a no entry sign, that is because it is an entry to the roundabout, not an exit. This is the same point made in the first example, except in this case, they have included a “no entry” sign to emphasise the fact that you must not drive in to that entry point. I have actually seen an elderly male driver do precisely that, thankfully, without causing an accident on that occasion. Check out my weekly motoring news blog HERE where you might be very surprised to see what some drivers do actually do. You will see for example an elderly lady recently drove on to a 2 laned dual carriageway in Peterborough and immediately turned right against the flow of traffic. It was sadly the last mistake she made in her life, as she died in the collision that followed and hospitalised a lady driver in her 40’s from Werrington.

I hope this blog has helped to explain the importance of spotting roundabout signs on the approach, and giving yourself enough time on the approach to identify which number exit you will be needing, so that you can then visualise how it will be going as you drive round. Remember that whilst I am referring to roundabouts in Peterborough here as this a blog to help my customers on my Intensive Driving Courses in Peterborough, the real aim is for you to be able to decode these roundabout signs anywhere in the country. With that in mind, check out this video here from my popular YouTube driving channel HERE. This video is good because it’s a quiz for you to have a go at, and is using a handful of real roundabout examples in Peterborough, Spalding and Grantham. It is encouraging you to not only think about effectively reading roundabout signs but also mentions about lane markings and indicator signals.


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