BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne – Shannon passes 1st time!

shannon passHere is Shannon from Bourne who has been training with BIG TOM Driving School.(01778 309773)

She passed her driving test in Grantham on her first attempt, and used her own car to take the driving test. For those customers who have that as an option, it is something I have always recommended to do – it makes really good sense to be confident enough in your driving ability to be able to pass the driving test in your own car.

Her Mother Mel said the following:

“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, infact Shannon felt that confident she took her test in her own car and passed first time. Thank you Tom”

Open communication between pupils and parents is a key pledge on the BIG TOM Customer Charter.

. In our experience it is absolutely essential for developing an effective, positive relationship with our customers, that there are open lines of communication at all stages of the learning process. There are many ways of engaging with us, whether it be face to face, phone, text, email, blog, facebook, twitter, even questions asked by non-BIG TOM customers on our video channel are answered. You will see on many of the BIG TOM driving videos there are questions asked by viewers from different towns, cities and even countries. Our commitment to open communication is clear to see, you will see that all questions are answered in a timely manner.

Not all driving schools are the same, there are often good reasons why some driving lessons are as cheap as they are.

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 6/11/15

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  • A 48 yr old male from Thurlby who sped from Police in Bourne, and subsequently was found to be drink driving has been jailed. He was driving unsupervised on a provisional driving licence and had over 50 previous driving convictions inc drink driving and driving while disqualified. Jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for 3 yrs.
  • Drivers are being urged to refrain from undertaking gritters by using the hard shoulder after video footage warns of an increasing trend of impatience by drivers. http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/travel/latest-travel-news/video-drivers-warned-about-undertaking-gritters-following-serious-crash-with-hgv-1-7048705
  • Ruskington resident is charged for drink driving after veering off the road and hitting a house in Sutterton.
  • Locals of Cowbit Road, Spalding continue to complain of speed motorists who come off the A16 bypass and drive onto the Cowbit Road but do not reduce their speed despite it being a 30mph restriction.
  • Firecrews had to use specialist equipment to release a lady in her 60’s who was trapped under a Mitsubishi Colt at Oxney Road Sainsburys car park, Peterborough on Thursday evening.
  • An inquest into the death of a Bourne man who while driving collided with a skip lorry on the A15 in April has been inconclusive in its findings. Whilst there were traces of cocaine in his body, it is unknown as to why he veered from the southbound lane into the path of the lorry travelling north, just after the Market Deeping roundabout. A dog also in the car at the time died as a result of the accident. The vehicle had been travelling at 45mph south through Baston, and the driver of the lorry had seen that the man who died did have 2 hands on the steering wheel but his head was looking down immediately before the crash. It is unknown whether his actions were deliberate due to depression with the prospect of a likely prison sentence for a pending court case.
  • BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne announces Customer Charter https://www.bigtom.org.uk/big-tom-driving-school-customer-charter/
  • 23 yr old female resident from Sleaford drove off at speed to avoid a Police Officer taking her car key from the ignition with the Officer still leaning inside the drivers window. Banned from driving for 12 months, £210 fine and tagged for 4 weeks.
  • 38 yr old male from Bourne was found guilty of driving without insurance or MOT – 6 points on his driving licence and £811 fine. Another 38 yr old male from Bourne admitted to speeding and was fined £145 and 3 points added to his driving licence. A 19 yr old male from Baston was convicted for drink driving, fined £375 and banned from driving for 12 months.
  • The A15 between Aslackby and Folkingham was closed on Thursday due to a 7 vehicle collision including a motorbike. A large quantity of oil was spilt as a result and Police are attempting to identify the cause of the accident.
  • Fletton Parkway in Peterborough (westbound) was closed for nearly 3 hrs this morning (Friday) after a Vauxhall Opel veered into the central reservation for reason not yet known, causing a large oil spillage.
  • A male driver suffered serious injuries requiring immediate specialist roadside A&E care after driving off the A52 nr Ropsley and hitting a tree.
  • A road rage incident in Spalding results in a driver of a van reversing and hitting another driver and making off.
  • A male suffered neck injury after a 2 vehicle accident in Holbeach at 3.55am on Wednesday.

 

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BIG TOM Driving School Customer Charter

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BIG TOM Driving School is committed to offering the best customer experience possible. The BIG TOM Driving Success Programme © which is unique to this driving school helps many pupils to achieve their goal of obtaining a full driving licence.  Here is our Customer Charter:

  • Safety – the safety of our customers while training is our number one priority since BIG TOM Driving School was established in 2009. All driving training personnel will have current DBS Enhanced Certificates.  We guarantee to offer ‘driving in darkness’ training to all BIG TOM two week intensive driving course customers.  We minimise infection risks with our BIG TOM COVID-19 Driving Training Strategy.
  • Current knowledge & skills – we endeavour to ensure our training content and methodology is kept right up to date so that our customers benefit from the very latest good practice in the industry including ensuring personnel are members of DIA, ADI NJC or MSA driving organisations, and all CPD undertaken is certified by a recognised authority.  Owner Tom Ingram has completed a course in: COVID-19 Infection Control and Safe Training Protocols.
  • Professionalism – we treat our paying customers with respect and dignity. All BIG TOM driving training personnel abide by the DVSA ADI Code of Conduct, and the Codes of Conduct associated with the previously mentioned driving organisations. We commit to responding to a customer complaint within 7 days of receipt of the complaint.  In the event of a complaint not being resolved internally to our customer’s satisfaction, we actively encourage informing the primary authority – the DVSA, who will independently investigate the complaint.  BIG TOM Driving School is covered with motor insurance by a leading driving school specialist and has Public Liability cover for £20 million, and Professional Indemnity cover for £5 million, and vehicle recovery cover in the event of mechanical breakdown.
  • Loyalty rewarded – we endeavour to ensure our customers are taken care of for all their driving training needs from the initial theory study training up to and including any post-test needs.  This is why we offer a free second attempt at the driving test should you be unlucky on your first go.  Intensive course customers get a full package of benefits.
  • Individual care – all BIG TOM customers are encouraged to identify a learning environment that is effective & comfortable to their individual needs and a standard of driving ability that meets or exceeds their personal expectations.
  • Customer relations – our goal is to maximise the working relationship with our customers to offer excellent quality and value tuition. All of our Terms & Conditions are on public display at BIGTOM.org.uk/tscs so as to provide effective communication and expectations.
  • Data security – Our handling of sensitive customer information complies with the Data Protection Act (registered with the ICO – Information Commissioner’s Office).  See our Privacy Policy for reassurance of how we handle sensitive information.
  • Safeguarding – we treat pupils with respect and dignity in a professional and calm learning environment.  Tom Ingram has been awarded FAA Level 3 Award in Principles of Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults.

This Charter represents our commitment to providing the best customer experience that we are able to offer within our means. If you ever feel that we have fallen short on our commitment, please email Tom Ingram on info@BIGTOM.org.uk and we guarantee to understand how you would like to have the issue resolved to your satisfaction within 7 days of the initial contact.

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 31/10/15

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  • No reported accidents by Police or fire crews in Peterborough on Wednesday morning despite torrential downpour of 19mm of rain – half of a months expected rainfall in just a few hours, causing widespread hazardous driving conditions.
  • Baston Parish Council declares no less than 9 sites for their speed signs to be positioned.
  • A 24 yr old female driver was arrested for dangerous driving in Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough at 11.40 pm on Wednesday night after hitting a cyclist causing head injury.
  • 24 yr old from Deeping St James fined £415 and driving licence endorsed with 6 points after driving in Market Deeping with no car insurance.
  • Resident in Sutton Bridge calls for tighter parking restrictions after collision with moped at Granville Terrace with Bridge Road – a notoriously hazardous junction due to legally parked vehicles in front of Tears Garage
  • Car crashes into power station nr Ortongate Shopping Centre, Peterborough affecting lighting to 4 major roadways and subways in the area.
  • “Covert” Archer speed check surveys are being promised in Spalding and Holbeach – and is said to often result in enforcement action as a consequence.
  • 3 vehicle collision on A1 southbound nr South Witham on Thursday.
  • Farmer thanks motorists for assisting when 3 cows escaped from a field on the A47 nr Uppingham on Tuesday.
  • 23 yr old male from Lincoln is disqualified from driving for a year after failing to report an accident in Thurlby, £745 fine.
  • Bourne Town Council are asking for volunteers to help spread salt over the winter months to keep pavements free of ice.
  • Councillor at Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council requests the council to ask to be involved in the proposed traffic survey.
  • 29 yr old female from Spalding fined £515 for entering Peterborough to Spalding train without a valid ticket.
  • S Luffenham Parish Council announces closures to the Station Road level crossing due to works starting weekends from 16/1/16 – 6/2/16
  • Call for average speed cameras on A16 stretch from Spalding to Crowland after 8 fatalities in 5 years. BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne makes every effort to include this hazardous stretch in driving lessons as seen HERE from 7/10/15.
  • The 97 yr old female who died 2 weeks ago after driving the wrong way on a Peterborough parkway has now been named by Police and was a Peterborough resident. The condition of the other female driver who she hit head on has worsened, and is now described as “critical”.
  • 38 yr old male from Bourne fined £950 and 6 points on driving licence for failing to give driver identification.
  • Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough is to be reduced to 1 lane outside of rush hour, while essential gas mains works are carried out through November finishing on the 23rd.
  • Notice has been given of road closure restrictions to North, West and South Streets in Bourne and Abbey Road on 8/11/15 due to Remembrance Day Event.
  • Views are being sought for a Local Transport Plan for Peterborough’s transport needs in the next 5 years www.peterborough.gov.uk/LTP

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 23/10/15

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  • The road surface of B1359 at Gedney Dyke is due for repair starting 26/10/15 – 4/11/15
  • Local resident in Spalding complains of cracks in her house being due to speeding vehicles travelling over traffic calming measures directly outside her home.
  • 42 yr old male motorcyclist from Bourne dies after collision involving white van on A15 in Baston.
  • Peterborough Highways Services makes effective use of new technology to drastically reduce costs of repairing pot-holes.
  • Emergency work nr Springfield Rd Railway Bridge, Grantham from 7.30 pm 23/10/15 – 7.30am 24/10/15
  • Stamford Hospitals Trust are seeking the views of locals regarding car parking fees at their hospitals.
  • 3 motorcyclists involved in collision on Sankt Augustin Way, Grantham on Wednesday night.
  • Bourne parent expresses anger at long waiting times for driving tests. Click HERE for more.
  • Over 2000 vehicles were clocked doing over 40 mph in Spalding Road, Holbeach over a 2 week period in September 2015. One was clocked doing 85mph in the max speed limit of 40mph. The majority of the speeding occurred between 11pm – 6am and at weekends.
  • 3 vehicle crash at High Dyke, Ancaster Thursday morning.
  • According to LRSP no fewer than 118 Lincs Parishes now part of community speed watch.
  • A17 Heckington bypass partially closed after lorry strikes bridge on 23/10/15
  • 18 yr old biker collides with VW Golf on Tuesday in Pinchbeck and is taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston with serious injuries.
  • Over 20 reported cases of verbal/physical abuse to LCC Highways Alliance staff over 2 yr period due to roadworks being carried out.
  • Local driving instructor in Bourne Tom from BIG TOM Driving School in Bourne continues search for driving instructors to satisfy demand for very popular BIG TOM intensive driving courses [contact info@BIGTOM.org.uk]
  • The age-old question of whether there should be an age limit for drivers re-surfaced in the week due to the 90 yr old driver losing her life after a head on accident when driving the wrong way up a Peterborough Parkway – previously reported HERE

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 17/10/15

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  • An inquest was held into the death of a 93 yr old male who died after a collision on the A15 just south of Sugar Mill roundabout, Bourne. The coroner concluded that it was “more rather than less likely” that it was as a result of cardiac problems just prior to the collision.
  • The inquest into the death of a 49 yr old male who was trapped and died when a forklift truck he was driving tipped over, concluded it had been an accident, probably due to the forklift truck driving over a tyre. The driver had not been wearing a seat belt at the time, it is not known if he tried to intentionally jump from the cab as the truck tipped over or whether he was thrown from the cab involuntarily.
  • Vehicle left the A151 at Twenty and drove into a ditch at 1.30am last Sunday – no injury to driver.
  • A male pedestrian (20 yrs) suffered serious head and chest injuries on Sunday evening, after being hit by a car, while he walked across the zebra crossing near Sainsbury’s in Oxney Road, Peterborough.
  • Two vehicle collision on A15 near Aslackby just after 8.30pm last Saturday. Two people had to be cut free by fire crews.
  • A further application has been received to demolish the old Lord Nelson pub at Morton on the A15 and build a shop. The initial application was rejected on the grounds of causing traffic congestion on an already hazardous crossroads junction; it was appealed and subsequently rejected again by a planning inspector. There has now been a second application lodged. Councillors have decided to defer a decision and commission an independent traffic survey to give more data on the possible impact a shop would have on the traffic. They have also requested representation from the LCC, the Principal Highways Officer, to give further information on the option of traffic lights at the crossroads. This was the option previously recommended by the LCC some time ago now, which the Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council chose to decline.
  • Male driver (65 yrs) from Spalding is facing drink driving charges after crashing into a telegraph pole in Pennygate on Monday.
  • The court case of a 21 yr old driver from Colsterworth resulted in an 18 month ban and £375 fine. He was discovered asleep in his car on 6/9/15 by Police at 5.15am outside a friends house. The driver stated that the previous evening he had lost his friends while out drinking, and had driven the 1.5 miles to his friends house. The Police did a breath test, and he was twice the legal limit.
  • A female driver in her 90’s died on Tuesday morning having driven the wrong way on the A47 Soke Parkway in Peterborough, and collided with another vehicle head on. The driver of the other vehicle also has serious injuries. It is believed it may have been the birthday of the driver who died. Whilst the collision occurred near the entry slip road on to the parkway, it is not known as yet, why or how the female driver came to be driving in the wrong direction on the dual carriageway.
  • Driving school in Bourne, BIG TOM Driving School continues to seek suitable hard surfaced land for under 17 driving experience, after local farmland in Baston nr Waterside Garden Centre proved unsuccessful. To discuss regular earnings from unused land telephone driving instructor in Bourne, Tom on 0800 689 4174 .
  • A Councillor at Grantham has requested an extension for free 30 mins parking in the town centre to 1 hour in an effort to please shoppers and retail businesses.
  • The funeral for a 19 yr old female student took place at Boston crematorium on Wednesday – she had died after a collision on the A52 on 1/10/15
  • A male driver from Grantham was seen by Police standing outside of his car, with engine running, at the Meres Stadium at 3.45am on 13/9/15. He had denied drinking prior to travelling to the The Meres but a bottle of whiskey was discovered in the footwell. Disqualified from driving for 20 months and £570 fine.
  • LCC is considering piloting a school safety scheme whereby a van installed with cctv will monitor parking outside the county schools at pick up/drop off times.
  • A driver made off after hitting a pedestrian at the mini-roundabout on the A1175 and A1621 at Stamford on 9/9/15 – Police are appealing for witnesses who may have possibly seen a dark Audi concerned.
  • Grantham Magistrates court heard a case involving a 19 yr old student from Baston, who was driving home at 5am on 4/9/15 when his car broke down on the A15 near Market Deeping. He started walking home, but was offered a lift by a passing motorist who drove him home, but noticed the student had what looked like 2 guns in his back pockets, and called Police. They were in fact bb guns, but Police breathalysed the male and he was over the limit. Disqualified for 12 months, £375 fine.
  • A 34 yr old male driver overtook an unmarked police vehicle on the A1 and clocked doing 120mph. When stopped near Foston, on 12/9/15 he was found to be over the drink drive limit. Banned for 18 months, fined £510.

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Intensive Driving Course in Bourne Question from Joseph

Joseph Kerr-Morgan from Bourne is currently on his intensive driving course in Bourne with BIG TOM Driving School (0800 689 4174 ) and asked:

 

“I need some help knowing when I need to do mirror checks, is it true it’s just every 10 seconds or so?”

 

This is a very good and quite common question. When people chatter about learning to drive, it is quite common to hear them say that as long as the Examiner can see you look at your mirrors every 10 seconds or so, that will be fine.

Really? Every 10 seconds? Why not every 5 or 15 seconds? Which mirror should be checked every 10 seconds… all of them? On a 38 minute driving test that would mean that your eyes need to look at the mirrors no less than 228 times! I observe at least 95% of driving tests that my customers go on, and I think any Examiner would think it rather strange if the driver on test were frantically looking at mirrors that amount of times.

You can look at a mirror (or in the general direction of the mirror) but that does not mean that you have checked what is around you – it may not be an effective observation. One question that needs to be considered is why do drivers need to check their mirrors, what purpose does it serve? If you don’t connect with the reason why a certain driving action is necessary, you are very unlikely to actually keep doing it – blindspot checks being a perfect other example of this fact.

A key phrase that the DVSA like to use time and time again is “the mirror-signal-manoeuvre routine”, the word “routine” is important – meaning “a sequence of actions regularly followed”. Routines are much like habits, they are actions that we do…. because we do…. there is no need to further justify them. You don’t have to individually think about whether a right side mirror check is really necessary before you steer to the right, you do it, because in your training, you went through the process of understanding and agreeing with the logic behind it, you feel no need to keep questioning it, so now, you just do it. Habits, are hard things to break…. we are all (to greater or lesser degrees) creatures of habit. Once we get in the habit of doing a certain sequence of actions, we will just do them. I have provided in this blog, just 3 samples of driving publications and their input on the use of mirror checks.

Take a minute to view them, read the message, ask yourself if you agree with the need for mirror checks.

My thanks go to Joseph who is really enjoying his intensive driving course in Bourne…. and I would encourage him to continue asking questions. If you have any driving lesson questions, feel free to add it below.

 

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Driving School in Bourne – weekly update 9/10/15

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  • Mother from Bourne appeals for a change to traffic arrangements outside Westfield Primary Academy. In response, LCC Highways Manager requests parents do not park within the already established school safety zone.
  • Tom Ingram, Driving Instructor in Bourne (BIG TOM Driving School) gets DVSA response at Driving Instructor conference regarding waiting times on driving tests at Grantham Test Centre for pupils taking driving lessons in Bourne.
  • A47 blocked at junction with A15 due to three vehicle collision – no injuries.
  • Male driver (43 yrs) of Bourne pleaded guilty to exceeding 40mph speed limit. Disqualified from driving for 6 months, fined £322
  • Grantham resident publicly questions whether FOI Act will allow information to be given about how many potholes in Grantham have been filled by LCC. Councillor in charge of Lincs Highways states there is not enough money to maintain our roads, as RAC Foundation report reveals Lincs is 13th worst offender for drivers claiming compensation for pothole damage to cars.
  • 19 yr old female moped rider died after a collision with a car on the A52 in Wyberton Fen.
  • Driver from Ramsey dies after his car rolled off of the A14 into a field off Cambridge Road.
  • Grantham police warn of surge in bicycle thefts in Grantham town centre.
  • Police Officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are warning drivers of the need to ensure their cars are properly maintained. Vehicle checks being undertaken in October including overloaded vehicles.
  • Zorb granules used to clear oil spill by fire crew after accident on A17 at Leadenham.
  • Elderly man was trapped in overturned vehicle on Frank Perkins Parkway, Peterborough at junction with Boongate roundabout. Air ambulance responded.
  • An accident on the B1081 nr Bloody Oaks Service Station where a car crashed into a ditch left the driver in a serious condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
  • Female driver (73 yrs) of Bourne pleaded guilty to driving without due car and attention. Licence endorsed with 3 points, £150 fine.
  • Male driver from Sheffield drives from Grantham Magistrates Court after being disqualified at court and is caught and detained by Police within an hour of being handed the disqualification. Remanded in custody and charged with driving whilst disqualified.
  • 6 hour road closure on A52 at Elton after accident with 3 people taken to hospital, 1 having to be freed from wreckage by fire crew.
  • Male from Market Deeping pleaded guilty to damaging the door of a police vehicle, and to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour towards 2 police officers. 14 days in prison for each offence, £270 fine.
  • A Porsche 918 Spyder ploughed into spectators at a charity rally in Malta involving a driver from Hambleton and caused injuries to 26 spectators, 19 of which required hospital treatment.
  • Local resident in Sycamore Avenue, Peterborough complains of new bus stops outside his home, stating traffic congestion as a result affects his ability to take his children to school.
  • Work on new zebra crossing in Stamford begins at Castle Dyke.
  • Elderly drivers using Ferry Meadows car park in Peterborough complain at car parking fees.
  • Parking is banned in Caunt Road Grantham between 8am-6pm Mon-Fri.
  • More flooding is experienced in Grantham after heavy rain.
  • Cambridgeshire Police reportedly taking a “softly softly, educational approach” to new smoking prohibition legislation recently taken effect.
  • Grantham resident complains of non-disabled drivers parking in disabled bays at Meres Sports Centre, Grantham.
  • Ex-mechanic and motorcycle racer from South Witham celebrates 105th birthday saying “I have been teetotal all of my life”
  • 10,000 tonnes of material are delivered by 540 lorry loads for Grantham southern relief road.
  • Road improvements to A17 and A52 are nearing completion and will relieve much traffic congestion. Click HERE for the latest status.
  • A 25 yr old male driver was arrested after an accident in North Street West, Uppingham involving serious injuries to a motorcycle rider.
  • Bourne female resident (23 yrs) pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention – 5 penalty points on her driving licence and £275 fine.
  • Proposal for double yellow lines on the approach to Jubilee Gardens was rejected by Cottesmore Parish Council, on grounds of them being out of character in a village location.

 

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Driving Instructor in Bourne Providing Free Motorway Sessions

Tom Ingram (Driving Instructor from Bourne) with BIG TOM Driving School has been providing free motorway sessions to all pupils who take driving lessons in Bourne. Here is the feedback from one ex-pupil Lucy.

Lucy Richings from Bourne took driving lessons with BIG TOM Driving School (0800 689 4174 ) and passed her driving test, on her first attempt at Grantham Driving Test Centre. She made use of the free motorway session and says:

“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

Tom who has been a Driving Instructor in Bourne for over 3 years says:

“It is rather odd that legally, I am not allowed to take pupils on motorways in my driving lessons in Bourne. Especially when you consider that, as it stands at the moment, the maximum speed limits between motorways and dual-carraigeways are the same for car drivers. This service I offer is nothing new, I have been offering this free service to my customers after they pass their driving test for several years such as when I was giving driving lessons in Peterborough. The motorway sessions always, always prove to be very popular – it just gives my previous customers the chance to drive on it for the first time with a qualified driving instructor by their side. It also gives me the opportunity to thank them for their business in a way that not all driving instructors currently provide free of charge. There has been much talk about the Government changing legislation to lift this rather unusual legal prohibition for Learner drivers, and I hope that does eventually come through. I keep my fingers crossed, as I’m sure many Learners and driving instructors do too!” Tom Ingram from BIG

 

 

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Driving test waiting times driving you mad?

Some driving test centres across the UK are experiencing extremely long waiting times of 18 weeks + for driving test slot availability. This is the sort of problem that when learning to drive, you just don’t need… am I right? Read on for some practical advice from BIG TOM Driving School (0800 689 4174 ) that specialises in Intensive Driving Courses in Peterborough, Grantham and Sleaford.

Are you aware that you are not tied into the driving test slots that you initially get offered by the DVSA on their booking system? Once you have passed your theory test, you are then able to book your practical test, either on-line or on the telephone service. Once you have reserved one of the slots that are being offered you get a booking reference number. You can then go back in to the system, enter that number, and search for cancellation slots. I am doing this several times a day for my BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course customers. Many people, and you can hardly blame them, don’t want the hassle associated with booking the tests, so they ask me to do it for them. I am effectively ‘jumping the queue’ on behalf of my much valued customers. As a result, I have become very familiar with the test booking system, and have got in-depth knowledge of how it is running for my customers on a daily basis.

Recently, the DVSA have publicly apologized for the sometimes extreme driving test waiting times. The reasons they give relate to Examiners retiring, more people taking driving lessons as the economic recovery continues, and more over 20’s taking driving tests. As I look on the system today, the first driving test slot available in Peterborough is 21/12/15 – 11 weeks away, and the next driving test slot available at Grantham is 13/1/16 – 15 weeks away. [UPDATE: As of 21/6/16 the waiting time is 10 weeks for Peterborough and 4 weeks for Grantham]. As bad as this might appear, there are much worse delays elsewhere in the UK. Indeed, if you monitor my Twitter feed, you would have noticed that this current situation is a complete reversal from just a few weeks ago. Back then, Peterborough had no availability on the system at all, nothing listed post 2015 whatsoever, and yet Grantham was still providing driving test slots with regular frequency, as traditionally, has always been the case. Things change fast in the regard of driving test slots, which is why, for my BIG TOM Intensive Driving Course customers, I am offering them a good service by continually getting the very latest dates that are available.

I spoke to the Test Centre Manager at Grantham, Dave Wedgewood, only last week to get his latest information regarding driving test slot availability at Grantham. He gave some very clear feedback to me which I was grateful for, making mention of a recent surge in driving tests at Melton Mowbray which was causing Examiners to assist over there, a long term sickness of an Examiner and a promotion of an Examiner that then re-located away from Grantham. I see this morning, that the GOV.UK website is advertising for driving examiners in the Civil Service section in no less than 95 driving test centres across the UK! Of which, Grantham is amongst that long list.   The closing date for these vacancies is 16/10/15 – it would appear that the DVSA are in somewhat of a “crisis” situation with regards to Driving Examiner resources.

I attended the ADINJC Driving Instructor annual conference 3 days ago in Birmingham, where 2 representatives attended from the DVSA: Lesley Young DVSA Chief Driving Examiner and Mark Magee DVSA Registrar. My question that I had previously submitted relating to this subject of driving test slots was raised at the conference, and afterwards, when I spoke with Mark Magee, he kindly agreed to look further into the subject when I email him some more details – which I will be doing very shortly.

It is without doubt a very “hot topic” that is affecting thousands of people learning to drive at this very moment. I hope BIG TOM customers can see from this blog, that I am working tirelessly in the background, to ensure that I provide the very best service that I possibly am able to, to ensure that my customers get the best driving test slot times that are available out there at the moment, for my Intensive Driving Courses in Peterborough, Grantham and Sleaford.

 

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