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Learning to Drive – FAQ’s

  •  Are you starting driving lessons?

All in-car driving training has started up again from 04/07/2020.  Either call us on 07498364211 for any questions, you can also keep up to date via our blog and on our social media platforms.  Clearly, the taking of driving tests conducted by the DVSA is one element that we are not in control of.  But, when it comes to mitigating risk for the in-car driving training, we have developed our BIG TOM Covid-19 Driving Training Strategy and it has proven to be successful.

  • How are you different to others, why choose you?

We like to make learning easy by creating the renowned BIG TOM Driving Success Programme.©  Our Admin work hard on behalf of our customers so they can relax knowing that the virus issues and test bookings are being sorted for them in the background.

We respond to customers fast. The intensive driving courses in Peterborough, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Boston, Stamford and Spalding offer morning, afternoon or evening sessions or weekends. You are picked up and dropped off at work or home for your convenience.  Tom Ingram (Owner) is qualified to FAA Level 3 Award in Principles of Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults.  On our flagship two-week intensive driving course, you are GUARANTEED to be offered the opportunity of practising to drive in the dark – ANY TIME OF YEAR.

  •  Do you guarantee a pass?

Even if you fail on your first driving test attempt, your second attempt is free on us.  This driving school will happily accept customers with a wide variety of previous experience.  Absolute beginners are welcome.  We do not limit learning to the test routes only.  Our Customer Charter clearly shows you what we guarantee.

  •  What’s included in your Intensive Driving Course?

The 5 Day Intensive Driving Course, the test fees, booking of the tests for you, a bonus 2 hours use of the driving school car for test day, theory study and pre-course digital resources and access to our exclusive driving videos for Learners.  Our all-inclusive deal means you can concentrate on the driving while we sort everything else.  You also are given access to our exclusive BIG TOM in-car training resources which develop habits, routines, attitudes and approaches to practice that improve road safety and driver confidence.  Included in your driving pack is the DVSA “Learning to drive” book.  Read our customer reviews that demonstrate the benefit of the approach taken by BIG TOM.  You get free drinks for the in-car driving training, free DVSA publications, picked up/dropped off from home.

  • Do I have to pass my theory test before doing the intensive course?

Here at BIG TOM you are advised to yes because it makes very good logical sense to be able to apply this new knowledge in practical driving situations on the course. But it should be said that it is not a legal requirement, so there is nothing to stop customers from attending the course with the theory test still to be taken.  One practical consideration is to make the learning process as stress-free as possible so achieving your theory test pass prior to doing the driving training does take some pressure off.  Customers should note that the DVSA test booking process makes it impossible to book driving tests without the theory test being passed.

  •  Is a Big Tom Intensive Driving Course enjoyable?

We adopt a pupil-centred approach to learning to drive so that our customers are at the centre of the learning experience. The service provided is structured to the DVSA driving standards.  We encourage all of our customers to maximise their learning experience by careful consideration of the most appropriate BIG TOM intensive driving course for their particular needs.

  • Is it ok to cancel driving sessions?

We have successfully traded with this cancellation policy for several years now, and it works perfectly well, ultimately because our customers gain the knowledge and trust that we are running a customer-oriented business, we do not cancel sessions, and what goes in the diary actually happens. When our customers realise this, they realise we are running a business that gets results and delivers.  There is an important addition to our cancellation policy regarding our BIG TOM Driving School COVID-19 Driving Training Strategy.  If instructor or pupil needs to cancel due to increased risk factors, the session(s) will be re-scheduled (no refunds).

  • Why are your courses better value than others?

The courses are flexible and we help to make learning easy.  We have a selection of course packages for differing needs so our customers can choose the perfect structure of training for their needs.  There is flexibility with starting times, customers can switch between weekday morning, afternoon, evening or weekend sessions.  We develop driving skills for life-long safe and confident driving – not ONLY to pass a driving test.  We are confident in our standards of training, we don’t ask our customers to pay MORE for their training in case they fail the driving test.

  •  Do you provide driving lessons outside of your Intensive Driving Courses?

Yes we do.  Driving slots are available Mon-Fri 6am-9pm @ £42/hr.  We also provide weekend driving training on a pay as you go basis @ £48/hr.  Test bookings are made by the customer.   You still get access to our superb teaching techniques that help to make learning easy.

  • Do you guarantee that I will go to test on the last day of the course?

We are in the hands of the DVSA with regards to how they organise driving test availability.  With the virus, these are uncertain times, but rest assured that we work hard in the background obtaining tests for customers.  Ordinarily assessments are made of your progress throughout the course – however, we have pupils come on our Intensive Driving Courses with a wide range of experience and ability.  Should there be a large period of time while you wait for a test slot, you will automatically be entitled to a free two hour session to help keep things on track.  To see how quickly you can learn to drive, check out our helpful guide here This is an accelerated learning programme, so customers are encouraged to continue with making positive progress if they do need more assistance after the last day.  The service being offered is a complete, overall package, it is not broken down into separate sections with their own fee structures.  We are a responsible provider of driving training and work to the DVSA Driving Standard – you will be encouraged to take responsibility for the effectiveness of your time with us – we do not “coach” learners to pass driving tests.   DVSA research  from 18/7/17 states that on average pupils took 40 hours of training with driving instructors and 19 hours of private practice over a period of 7 months to pass their driving test – this is independent research.  Further DVSA research from 19/7/19 states those figures as 39 hours and 21 hours respectively.  

  • What hours are the courses?

The Monday to Friday BIG TOM intensive courses are 4 hour duration and can be fitted to suit your commitments eg 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm (£997)

The evening course runs 6pm-9pm with the remaining 5 hours undertaken on the Saturday or Sunday – this is a useful course for customers who cannot train during the working day. (£1047)

The weekend course is a minimum of 4 hours per session, but previous customers have made use of the flexible approach we take to help them. For instance, some customers have trained from 9am-12pm, taken an hour lunch break at home, and then 1pm-4pm.  Some customers like to train on both days of the weekend. (£1097)

Contact BIG TOM Admin for prices on the 2 week combinations available.

  • Do you take card payments?

We do yes 🙂 We also accept payments via free online banking.

  • Any other questions?

Email our Customer Support on admin@BIGTOM.org.uk Sales: 07498364211

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