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Intensive course success

Ryan Tatlow from Deeping passed his driving test today – on his second attempt

His previous driving experience had been in automatics but on his intensive course with BIG TOM he drove in Peterborough, Oundle, Harlaxton and where he took his driving test in Grantham.

His driving instructor, Tom Ingram talks about Ryan’s journey:

“On Ryan’s first driving test he had a slip up with the road signs but credit where it is due, he has still got his full driving licence within 4 weeks of initially contacting BIG TOM.

One of the services that BIG TOM provides is an express driving test booking service that leap frogs over waiting queues.  It is a benefit that BIG TOM customers value because it means even if they are not successful on their first attempt, they still get priority treatment.  This is how Ryan was still able to get his amazingly quick success despite failing his first attempt.

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Handy techniques for parking

Tom Farmer from Little Bytham picks up some handy techniques for parking on his BIG TOM course

Tom booked up his BIG TOM intensive driving course having had no previous driving experience at all.  He gained experience driving in Stamford, Spalding, Oakham, Deeping, Greetham, Bourne and Rutland. He says about his experience:

“Good feedback and level of involvement in driving which promotes individual thought”

His driving instructor, Tom Ingram talks about the resources for BIG TOM customers:

“It’s been a great pleasure working with Tom this week.  He has picked up some fabulous experience and made great progress.”

Tom found that one of his strong points were the manoeuvres and added in his experience with BIG TOM:

“Very handy techniques for parking”.

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Driving Lesson resources

Max Robertson from Barrowby, Grantham highly rates the BIG TOM driving lesson resources

Max came to BIG TOM with just 6 hours of driving experience prior to his intensive driving course.  He says about his experience:

“The material sent beforehand was really helpful… the videos were especially helpful as they introduced me to new things”.

His driving instructor, Tom Ingram talks about the resources for BIG TOM customers:

“I’m really pleased to hear feedback like this about all of the resources we provide to our customers; it is just one element of our service what sets us apart from our competitors.  We offer so much value to customers prior to the in-car training and it is great to hear how it is appreciated.”

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Get your driver’s licence in nine days

Jordan Garrard from Pinchbeck booked his BIG TOM intensive driving course just 9 days ago, and now has a full driver’s licence

Jordan passed his driving test today on Day 5 of his intensive course.  He booked up his course with BIG TOM admin on 13/3/2019.  That means that once again, BIG TOM is providing lightning fast responses for their customers.  Tom Ingram (Owner of BIG TOM) says:

“Congratulations go to Jordan who passed his driving test with just one minor which is a high standard of driving.  This demonstrates once again, what can be achieved when customers use the services of BIG TOM to get their driving licence faster than normal pay as you go driving lessons.  We have systems in place here that enable us to respond quickly when our customers have an urgent need, and the quality of our exclusive BIG TOM resources continue to deliver.  There is no luck or gimmicks associated with providing these kinds of results – it is the result of tireless hard work on behalf of our customers.”

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Five reasons for an intensive driving course

Here you go! 5 top reasons why you would want the BIG TOM intensive driving course rather than *yawn* pay as you go driving lessons.

  1. Boring boring boring. Do you know it takes on average 7 months to learn to drive?  BIG TOM will help you pass your driving test much quicker, often within just 4 weeks of booking.
  2.  Clear goals.  Training with BIG TOM is exciting, focussed and you have a clear goal in mind.
  3. Confidence.  Trying to maintain confidence levels when you have so many delays, postponements, cancellations is really irritating.
  4. Experience.  On the BIG TOM intensive course, you get to drive in loads of towns, villages and cities… even across county borders.
  5.  Trust. Do you really trust your driving instructor? Many don’t. Working to achieve clear goals with timely feedback builds trust.

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Express driving licence

BIG TOM specialises in providing access to an express driving licence with lightning fast response times.

Some times people can’t afford to wait several months to get their driving licence by slow-motion pay as you go driving lessons.

BIG TOM Admin offer some advice:

“We always advise customers to think carefully about how they like to learn but for those of you who are really keen to be driving then the BIG TOM courses are a superb opportunity.”

A four-week turnaround from booking the course to receiving the full driving licence is a very realistic goal when using BIG TOM. Tom Ingram (Owner of BIG TOM) says:

“Our admin have put up plenty of examples on the BIG TOM blog where customers manage to obtain their licence within 4 weeks of paying for their course – it really is achievable due to our exclusive range of specialist resources for our customers. “

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Fabulous Christmas Gift

Joshua Inglis from Morton received a wonderful Christmas gift from his parents – a BIG TOM intensive driving course.

Joshua enjoyed his BIG TOM intensive course and managed to pass his driving test on the first attempt despite having no previous driving experience on public roads.

Joshua says about his experience:

“Everything was taught at a pace I could understand.  The BIG TOM online videos were very helpful.”

Many customers make use of the BIG TOM Christmas gifts that parents can purchase for their sons/daughters as it provides a real surprise when opening the BIG TOM gift card on Christmas morning.  Tom Ingram who was Joshua’s driving instructor says:

“This is another example of what can be achieved with the first class resources that are made available to customers.  Christmas and birthday BIG TOM presents really are a special gift and I know they are always gratefully received by the recipients.  Congratulations to Josh.”

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Celebrate with BIG TOM

Join BIG TOM in celebrating their 10th anniversary of helping people to pass their driving test quicker

BIG TOM was established in the spring of 2009 based initially in Peterborough.  Since then, the winning formula of developing skills and driving experience with high quality practice drills in a safe environment has created a first class service for people who don’t want to have to wait for the old fashioned weekly driving lessons.  The range of intensive driving courses now being offered to customers has been as a result of responding to customer feedback over several years.

Tom Ingram (Owner of BIG TOM Driving School) says:

“I am so proud to be able to say that not one single accident has occurred for any BIG TOM customer over 10 years of providing driving training.  It has always been a core value to provide a safe learning environment in which pupils can improve driving ability and increase confidence.”

The success of BIG TOM is due to the highly personalised driving training that is provided by experienced and skilled driving instructors.  At the centre of the service are a variety of resources which gives customers the freedom to continue learning outside of the in-car training sessions.  This makes for an effective and efficient way to learn to drive.  Tom Ingram continues:

“I am very grateful to all BIG TOM customers who have used our service over the last 10 years.  The relationships that have been developed are built around trust, respect and a willingness to embrace the learning techniques that are available.  And we also have continued to grow the options of courses for our customers.  It still remains a hallmark that customers regularly obtain their driving licence within 4 weeks of booking their intensive driving course – that is a turnround that many of our competitors can not get anywhere near to achieving.”

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Nothing wrong with his eyes

David de Benedictus from Sleaford passes his driving test on day 10 of his BIG TOM 2 week course

Big congratulations go to David for passing his driving test at Grantham on his first attempt.  David is embarking on a new business venture and has big plans where his driving licence was an absolute must.

He booked his BIG TOM 2 week intensive driving course on the 19/01/2019 through his company sponsors Specsavers.  Just 4 weeks from reserving the course, he now has his full drivers licence and is properly prepared for starting his new career.

Tom Ingram (Owner of BIG TOM Driving School) says:

“It feels me with pride that customers can receive this kind of quick turnround from my driving school.  It has happened so many times where customers pass their driving test within just a few weeks of actually booking the course up.  It has been a great pleasure working with David over these last two weeks.”

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Interactive communication function

BIG TOM Admin offers some friendly advice to customers about the offence of using a mobile while driving

The actual offence of using a mobile while driving is held within legislation from Section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988

Basically, this comes down to not interacting with any device that can transmit/receive data while you are driving.  (It also relates to any supervisor of a learner driver, so make sure your parents know that before they take you out doing private practice).  Pushing buttons when the device eg mobile, sat nav, ipad is NOT in your hand is ok (more on that in a minute), the problem comes in law, when a driver/supervisor is holding the device.  So any device that has an interactive communication function must not be held in the hand.  This includes when stationary at traffic lights or momentarily paused for any reason.  If a driver needs to make a call for a genuine emergency eg 999 then that is an exemption.

By far the best advice to offer BIG TOM customers is to put the device out of sight AND reach.  The temptation to pick it up can be too strong otherwise.  If you need to make a call (or in any way interact with a device), pull over, turn the engine off, take the key out the ignition first.

The offence code is called CU80 and remains on a licence for 4 years.  Do remember that this must be disclosed to insurance providers.  In terms of punishment, a driver may get 3-6 points on their driver’s licence, a fine up to £2500 or a ban.  If a driver accumulates 6 points on the licence within the first 2 years of passing their driving test, then they would need to re-take the driving test and theory test.

Do be aware that not being in full control of the vehicle while driving could be construed in a court of law as an offence regardless of physically handling devices eg pressing buttons on an in-built radio, adjusting car controls such as heating/lights/wipers.  Dealing with distractions, in general, is definitely covered in your BIG TOM intensive driving course.

Here at BIG TOM Admin we do get many enquiries about certain offence codes on driving licences and due to the variety involved there is a handy link provided here.

We know how hard our customers work on their BIG TOM intensive driving courses to get their full driving licence and it would be a great shame to ever hear of anyone losing their licence due to any driving offence.  The proliferation of mobile phones means that it is highly likely that drivers and passengers get into vehicles with a mobile on them and so our advice here is to put them straight into the glovebox.

Tom Ingram (Owner of BIG TOM Driving School) says:

“I’m pleased that we are offering some clarity on this because there is a lot of misinformation around. Because the devices concerned just need to be capable of accessing the internet, it is not necessary for there to be another person involved in the “interaction” for this offence to still crop up.  The comedian Jimmy Carr went to court for this offence but was cleared when he stated that he was using the device to instantaneously dictate a joke in his mind at the time so that he had a record of it.  Perhaps surprisingly enough, that particular ‘interaction’ was deemed not to fall into this category of offence.  I do like the advice above given by admin about keeping the devices out of reach – by far the best policy.  We are after all only human and open to temptation otherwise.”

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