Booking to test pass in ten days

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

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

“Such an enjoyable week! ūüôā “

Her driving instructor, Tom Ingram adds:

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

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40 hour course in 7 days

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

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

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

Her driving instructor, Tom Ingram adds:

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

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Changes to the theory test

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

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

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

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

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Two test guarantee

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

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

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

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

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BIG TOM Driving Success Programme

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

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

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

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

For more information on pricing and the range of courses call BIG TOM on 07498364211

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Passed first time

Will Abbott from Castle Bytham jumped all the queues to get his full driving licence this morning in Grantham with a first time pass.

Will made full use of the flexibility that BIG TOM provides customers by minimising the disruption to his work.  He incorporated one weekend training alongside his two weekdays, wrapping up his in-car training in four days.  This meant that he was able to get his driving licence in lightening speed compared to the old pay as you go driving lessons.

He passed his driving test on his first attempt with only 3 minor driving faults recorded which was a very comfortable pass for him.

Will’s Father, Phil, said of his experience with BIG TOM:

“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.”

For more information on pricing and the range of courses for 2020, call BIG TOM on 0800 689 4174

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Help with roundabouts

Do you see a box of chocolates here? Or do you see individual chocolates?

When you enrol on a BIG TOM intensive driving course, you are seen as one individual pupil; you are not one of 8 pupils being seen in any working day.
This matters. Every pupil comes with individual characteristics regarding experience, learning traits, beliefs, knowledge etc.
Take roundabouts, for instance. BIG TOM knows that they come in all shapes and sizes and vary depending on location. The skills needed to safely and efficiently navigate around the broad range of roundabouts will include:

  • spatial awareness
  • planning
  • assessment
  • observations
  • physical hand and feet coordination
  • visualisation

Not all large roundabouts will have white lines painted on them and yet there is a need to ensure the vehicle is correctly positioned when travelling around it. This not only provides safety for all, but the position is in itself a signal to other road users about the intended path. Spiral roundabouts will often have a temporary gap of white lines on the roundabout so as not to create confusion with other white lines in another direction, and yet, there is still the need to be able to visualise the path that is needing to be maintained.
There are conventions of how a vehicle should be navigated around the range of roundabouts, and they differ. Some incorporate the routine of Mirrors, Signal, Manoeuvre when the vehicle exits the roundabout, others not. Sometimes there is the need to signal, others not. These are examples of the knowledge that is required in order to deal with a variety of roundabouts.
Some roundabouts are huge and have a large number of fast moving vehicles on them at any one time, other roundabouts are tiny and need to be approached at slower speeds in order to maintain an accurate position. These factors can create confusion or an imbalance in the mind of some drivers, which then has a knock-on effect later on.
There is often a sequence of driving actions needed to manage roundabouts effectively, and not everyone can easily recall or perform actions in specific sequences.
Appreciating the type of roundabout ahead and how that affects the options available to achieve a certain exit/location is not a given. Accurately identifying safe gaps to pull out, or speed and distance of other vehicles is challenging for some. Certain pupils will make a poor decision to go and then struggle to wonder why they made that decision.
On a BIG TOM course, you do not have any pressure to achieve certain goals in particular timescales. Pupils rarely enjoy such pressure. What is required to help pupils is precise, well-timed feedback, lack of judgement, patience, and clear, understandable communication.
Please don’t confuse the BIG TOM intensive driving course with other providers; they are not the same thing. At BIG TOM, we offer a choice of courses that suit the needs of the pupil.

For more information on pricing and the range of courses for 2020, call BIG TOM on 0800 689 4174

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Intensive course weekender

Molly from Peterborough passed her driving test this morning.

She took the 40 hour weekend intensive driving course with BIG TOM because she was too busy in the week.

Owner Tom Ingram says:

“I’m really pleased for Molly.¬† She worked hard on her course and reinforced the training with BIG TOM by practising with her Dad.¬† She was successful on her first attempt at the driving test.¬† I wish her many years of safe driving.”

Molly’s Mum, Alison says about her experience with BIG TOM:

“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.”

For more information on pricing and the range of courses for 2020, call BIG TOM on 0800 689 4174

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BIG TOM gets Ryan’s vote

On a historical election day for the UK Ryan Hewitt votes for BIG TOM after passing his test.

In an amazing 9 day turnround after booking his BIG TOM intensive course on 3/12/19, Ryan was over the moon with the response he received.  He passed his driving test today, the last day of his course, at Boston driving test centre, with only 3 minor driving faults.

Owner Tom Ingram says:

“Ryan has every right to feel pleased with himself.¬† Looks like Christmas came early for Ryan!¬† He passed his test today on his first attempt, well done Ryan.”

For more information on pricing and the range of courses for 2020, call BIG TOM on 0800 689 4174

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Safe driving over Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching BIG TOM wishes all customers a safe and peaceful holiday.

After another spectacular year of driving training for the BIG TOM driving school, the time is coming for us to put the feet up and relax.  A big thank you to all customers who have chosen our intensive driving courses.  We wish you all safe driving over the holiday period.

Owner Tom Ingram says:

“Should the weather get a bit nasty, then do be prepared to delay your journey or just put it off for another day.¬† We all live such busy lives but nothing comes more important than our own safety and that of our loved ones.¬† Happy Christmas everyone.”

For more information on pricing and the range of courses for 2020, call BIG TOM on 0800 689 4174

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