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Learn to Drive in Bourne

Is it possible to learn to drive in Bourne?

This blog explores how useful it is to learn to drive in Bourne.

Driving Lessons BourneYesterday, McDonald’s were officially given planning permission to build a drive-thru restaurant in Bourne.  The reason I mention this fact is because I know from experience how tricky it can be when starting off driving, to drive into the drive-thru!

It’s a bit like these toll booths on the Dartford Crossing, where you have to throw money into a bin or when you have to drive up to these car park ticket machines.  How many times do you see drivers judging it wrong, and having to turn off the engine, release the seat belt, open the door, get out the car to get the ticket and then climb back in again.  It regularly happens to experienced drivers, so you can be sure this is a big deal when learning to drive.

But it is all good experience.  And building up experience is what we are after when learning to drive.

The problem with Bourne as a place to learn to drive, is that it simply does not have too much opportunity to build up experience of different situations.   There are no dual-carraigeways, no multi-storey car parks to drive up and down the levels, no car parks with barriers where you have to get a ticket from the machine, there are very few puffin or pelican crossings, no equestrian crossings (which is slightly surprising seeing as there are often horses seen on driving lessons in Bourne).   There are no spiral roundabouts, precious few roundabouts with multi-lanes on the approach.

The way to overcome this problem is to drive further afield.  I don’t just mean drive to Deeping, Morton, Rippingale, Corby Glen, I mean drive to Stamford, Peterborough, Grantham, Spalding.  Only by getting yourself out to these larger towns and cities will you start picking up a more diverse range of driving conditions, and that will be really good experience.

On the Big Tom Intensive Driving Courses we do precisely that.  We will often clock up more than 90 miles of driving experience in a session, getting experience of these larger locations, and very importantly, experience driving on these rural and semi-rural roads between them – such as the A15, A16 and A17.

So to answer the question directly of whether you can learn to drive in Bourne, the answer is yes.  But there is the world of difference between learning to drive in a town like Bourne and building experience that is going to help you drive anywhere in the UK.

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Driving Lessons | Good Pass Rates

Need to find a Driving Instructor with good pass rates?

Meeting RoomThis blog will explain how to identify good Driving Instructors in your area.

Good pass rates would be one method of identifying a Driving Instructor you can trust – true?  For the most part, this is a true statement, and in the same way as schools publish exam grades achieved, it is a measure of the trust and value you can place in the school.

But unlike schools and universities, a pupil learning to drive has more control over when they want to take their driving test.   Ideally, if a pupil is learning to drive with a Driving Instructor, their progress will be monitored, there will be clear goals being set, and it will be evident how much more learning is required to be done (much like the curriculum in schools).

However, the key difference is that a pupil may not want to wait for the optimum time to take the driving test.  There could be a whole range of reasons for that, but the end result is that if a pupil does take their driving test earlier than the Driving Instructor would advise, then who is to blame should the pupil fail the driving test?  (Gulp)

How do we fix this problem?

At Big Tom Driving School, we do pay attention to pass rates.  We also do pay attention to how long it takes our pupils to pass.  But, pupils do come to us with a range of natural ability, a range of previous experience, a range of learning style preferences, and a range of learning difficulties.  It would be too simplistic to ignore this fact.

Our solution, is to pay as much attention at the very start, as we will pay in the whole learning experience with our customers.  Providing an assessment to identify the right course, Instructor and vehicle for a pupil is done free of charge or obligation.  This is after all a 1:1, personalised learning experience.  We do cater for individuals specific needs, anxieties and concerns.  We very much understand that a good learning environment is a happy, relaxed and calm learning environment, and as such, we take the time and trouble to pay attention to detail at the very beginning.   Look at our testimonials here to see how often the word “calm” is used by our previous customers.

Discovering part way through a course when learning to drive, that you don’t like the teaching style of the Driving Instructor is an expensive lesson to learn; it will either mean changing Driving Instructor or putting up with a rather uncomfortable learning experience.

So, yes, good pass rates are a consideration when looking for a Driving Instructor.  But far more important is how a Driving Instructor can demonstrate to you that they can provide a pleasant, effective learning experience, that is tuned in to your needs. If you remember nothing else from this blog, remember this:

•  Maximising the efficiency of your learning experience will be of more value to you than any other generic measure of pass rates or prices.

Ignoring that fact, could be a costly mistake.

For driving lessons in Peterborough, Grantham, Bourne, Stamford, Spalding, get your free, no-obligation drive with Big Tom Driving School by calling 0800 689 4174

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Top 10 Tips for your Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough

Here are our Top 10 Tips for your Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough.

Driving Course in PeterboroghBig Tom Driving School runs Intensive Driving Courses in Peterborough.  Here are 10 tips to maximise your intensive driving course experience.

On a recent ski trip, I could not help but notice that where ever I looked, I could see (and hear) different ski instructors all giving very similar advice to learners about how to ski.  I made a mental note to provide a similar list of top 10 tips for people learning to drive on our Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough.  Here goes, let’s dive in at number 10!

10. Enjoy the experience! This is your time, it’s your money, and everything is centered around you. Enjoy the attention, be comfortable in the driver’s seat, stop for a break when you need to.

9. Share your fears. We are all different, and although common anxieties include speed, large lorries, cyclists and buses, be sure to tell us anything that is troubling you. From bright sun in the eyes, to thick soled shoes making pedal pressure hard to judge, we pay attention to detail – it can be really important.

8. Start at the beginning. Some people feel that there is a need to take on roundabouts on Day 1 as they are doing an intense driving course in Peterborough. Relax, our ‘Beginners’ course has a whopping 40 hours of driving experience as standard. There is no need for cutting corners with Big Tom Driving School.

7. Believe in yourself. Nerves about the test are natural, but our customers are given so much driving experience that the driving test ends up being a non-event! No-one expects you to appreciate this from the start, but by Day 7, you really will be feeling good about your driving skills.

6. Use all our resources. Lean on us, this is what you are paying for. Use of video technology, on-line theory study material, experience with special needs, accurate progress monitoring; these are all freely available to you on our Intense Driving Course in Peterborough.

5. Engage, engage, engage. Get stuck in and you will be amazed at how much you can learn. Go and read our testimonials and on-line reviews to see how previous customers have gained so much by simply asking questions and engaging. Like our Facebook page, subscribe to the video channel, ask questions on our Learner forum, even Learners who are not our customers are doing exactly that!

4. Keep smiling. Remember that in any learning experience, there very often is a momentary step backwards, and then 2 steps forward, it is a common occurrence. Just remember to put things in perspective on your course and keep smiling; although you may not feel it, you will still be making progress in these trying times.

3. Try before you buy. With a financial investment of this type, you need to feel completely confident in your purchase before you commit – arrange a drive before you pay a single penny. Big Tom Driving School provides a no-obligation trial completely free of charge, to help you choose a course suitable for you, as well as to allow you to try out the car, meet the Driving Instructor.

2. Plan this, it wont just happen. Organise the child minder, take the holiday period off work, put the money aside and make this happen for you. It is never too late to learn to drive, but this investment in time and money will need to be arranged, putting it off for another day means that day never comes.

Number 1. Dare to dream. Imagine what driving will mean to you, what are the benefits to your day to day living, how will it improve your quality of life, your occupational ambitions, your family arrangements. It is important to recognise how this will change your life for the better…. now go live the dream!

Our ‘Beginners’ Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough provides a minimum of 40 hours of driving experience for £1200 (further discounts for over 25’s). 

We do a 5 day course for £597!  

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Good Driving Instructor In Grantham

How do you find a good Driving Instructor in Grantham? This blog could save you lots of cash, as switching between Driving Instructors is an expensive mistake to make.

Driving Instructor GranthamFinding a good Driving Instructor in Grantham makes driving lessons enjoyable and maximises learning. This blog explores how this is achieved.

Before I expand any further on the specific subject of finding a good Driving Instructor in Grantham, let me tell you a true story that occurred very recently on my family skiing trip which is very appropriate to this blog.

My 2 young sons started skiing last year, and when we returned to the same resort in Bulgaria this Christmas, they were more than a little disappointed with the prospect of having to continue on the same ‘nursery’ slope that they had endlessly used the year before.

When my Wife and I approached their Instructor she told us that they were not ready to go up on the chair lift to other slopes. This presented us with a problem. We had 2 kids, really keen to learn to ski, but bored out of their heads with the nursery slope, and yet they were being told they were going to spend yet another week on it! Not good. What to do.

With much trepidation, we took all of us out of the ski school, and got the boys on the chair lifts to ski on many other slopes. It was an amazing week, their progress was nothing short of staggering, and we all spent a great time together. The sense of achievement (and relief) that the boys felt, was something that will stay with us a long time.

What was missing in the Instructor’s thoughts was how different 1:1 training is, compared to 1:15. Sure, she had one eye on ‘Health and Safety’, and I imagine it would have been impossible for her to control 15 young kids on demanding ski slopes that they had never experienced before. Although this has nothing to do with Driving Instructors in Grantham, I imagine you can see where I am going with this.

Don’t get the wrong message here. I’m not a ‘chancy’ Driving Instructor by nature; in the 6 years of providing driving lessons in Grantham, I have not had a single accident, so my intention is not to compromise safety in my message here. But this point about maximising learning is an important one, apart from making driving lessons more exciting and challenging, it can also significantly reduce the cost of learning to drive in Grantham.

In the teaching world, this is called ‘differentiation’; it is recognising that all of us have different abilities, and by identifying the needs of the person (not the group), it is possible to make very large strides in individual learning.

To get back to the subject of how to find a good Driving Instructor in Grantham. If you are about to start driving lessons in Grantham, and are ringing round then keep the above in mind. A good Driving Instructor will adapt to the person they have in front of them, and maximise learning which will keep the driving lessons stimulating, rewarding, and as my family recently discovered, open the possibility of feeling a real buzz from the sense of achievement.

Big Tom Driving School  

Call NOW:0800 689 4174

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Where is Peterborough Driving Test Centre?

Peterborough Driving CentrePeterborough Driving Test Centre is in Fengate, Peterborough.

It is within a fairly busy industrial estate, about a mile from Peterborough City Centre.

The full address is: Second Drove, Fengate, Peterborough PE1 5XA

The image you see here, is from inside the car park.  It has several car parking bays as it can accommodate 6+ driving tests in any one slot.  The first driving test slot is just after 8am and the last is mid-afternoon, it does run driving tests on Saturdays for a slightly more expensive fee.

Big Tom Driving School organises all driving test bookings to fall perfectly in line with your driving lessons in Peterborough, so that you do not have any unnecessary stress.

For those familiar with Peterborough and wondering where Peterborough Driving Test Centre is, it is very near the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium.

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Driving Lessons Grantham The A1

Entry and exit of the A1 on Driving Lessons in Grantham

Driving on and off the A1 when on your driving lessons in Grantham is important as it introduces the faster speeds. This blog has 3 key tips for you to practise.

1. Seperations gaps At the higher speeds of 50 mph + it is important to remember to keep 2 seconds away from the vehicle in front (look here how that changes when raining). Likewise, the nearest vehicle behind should also be 2 seconds away, if any closer, say 1 second, then increase your gap from the vehicle in front to 3 seconds. This is accommodating poor driving from behind and is a #gooddrivinghabit.

2. Keep up with traffic It is a little known fact that you can fail a driving test in Grantham for driving too slowly on the A1 dual carriageway. Coming on to the A1 and not keeping up with traffic already on it means that those vehicles behind then have to overtake you. This is especially hazardous for large vehicles to do. In the majority of driving conditions it is quite unnecessary to be driving at anything less than 55mph, and it is also inconsiderate to other road users. Look at the potential hazards here to help assess the correct speed.

3. Spot entry/exit slip roads The sooner you spot them, the sooner you can plan for them. This is a big subject and getting this wrong at higher speeds can be dangerous. Pay attention to the length of the slip road, the shorter it is, the less time you have to be either decelerating (exit) or accelerating (entry). Check out this exit slip road here for “Barrowby” of an example of a rather short slip road with a pretty sharp left bend at the end of it. Appreciating that fact early on will help prevent you exiting the dual carriageway at too high a speed.

We start driving on the A1 dual carriageway in Grantham on Day 4 of the Intensive Driving Course in Grantham – you will get plenty of practise applying the above 3 tips. Hope it helps!

Any questions/comments, please add below.

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5 day intensive driving course in Peterborough or Grantham

More options! 5 day intensive driving course in Peterborough or Grantham

Big Tom Driving School is now providing a 5 day intensive driving course in Peterborough or Grantham with £80 off in February!

If you would like a weekday option to learn to drive in a week, then we are now offering 4 hours each week day.

The DVSA driving test fee is included + 2 extra hours for test, and our comprehensive theory test resources are included in this amazing deal.

Learn to drive in a week with Big Tom Driving School, now providing 5 day intensive driving courses in Peterborough or Grantham with £80 off in February – tell your friends!

Call BIG TOM now on 0800 689 4174 to immediately get the next available course dates NOW!

5 day Intensive Driving Course

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1 week Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough

Discover a 1 week Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough

Big Tom Driving School continues to offer outstanding value with this 1 week Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough

Ben has just passed his driving test and this is what he says:

“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. ”

The course runs from Monday – Sunday, and it guarantees that you will be driving in the car for 30 hours.  More driving for a lower price!

Book your 1 week Intensive Driving Course in Peterborough NOW! 01733 306016

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Turning Right At Crossroads | Peterborough

Turning right at Crossroads

There are a fair few large crossroads like this in Peterborough that are controlled by traffic lights.

The key thing to remember is that when the traffic light goes green and you are turning right, you are “crossing” the oncoming traffic, as such, you have to be prepared to wait as oncoming traffic has priority over you – “I’m turning right, I have no rights” is a phrase to remember.

However, look to see if there is a right green filter arrow, as these are our friend, these make our life easier.  If there is a green filter arrow, and it is illuminated, then STILL check that the oncoming traffic is held on a red light (remember you must never assume anything), before you turn into the new road.  Before you turn into the new road, you must look into the new road, to make sure that it is not blocked at all.

But here is a key tip for you.  When the main traffic light goes green, if you do not proceed forward so that your wheels roll over the pressure sensor in the road, the traffic lights don’t even know you are waiting to turn right and so will not turn on the right filter arrow!  So do look out for the thin black pressure sensors near the middle of the junction.

Take a look at this video to see this in action.  See if you can spot the green filter arrow, and then see if you can see the pressure sensor near the middle of the junction.

It’s really good to practise turning right at crossroads loads; ones with traffic lights, and without.  Really get to grips with this subject, so that you feel confident in being able to predict what is going to happen.

Hope this is helpful?  Please put questions/comments below!

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Driving Lessons In Spalding

Driving Lessons in Spalding “observations at junctions”

There are plenty of examples when on a driving lesson in Spalding of being on a junction with limited vision of the traffic on the major road.

It is crucial when on driving lessons in Spalding and particularly on junctions with limited visibility (known as “closed junctions”), to ensure that you give yourself enough time to take adequate observations at the junction before emerging.

Here is a very short video of the minimum observations to be taken at junctions.

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