The new motorway law has landed! Learner DRIVERS now allowed on motorways

As from today – 4 June 2018- learner drivers are now allowed to take lessons on the motorway.   Previously only those who have passed their test could do so, lessons are now allowed but only with an approved driving instructor in a dual-control car. Great news as all our instructors are fully qualified, have dual-controls fitted and are experienced in providing motorway tuition. We believe having some tuition on the motorway will allay any concerns and fears about motorway driving and will greatly increase confidence when venturing on to the motorways as a new driver. Blackpool is a great place to learn to drive and is perfectly located with a motorway (M55) right on our doorstep, during the day the motorway is not too busy so is ideal for learner drivers. Road safety minister Jesse Norman said: “Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, but road collisions remain the second biggest killer of young people. “Allowing learner drivers to have motorway lessons with a qualified road safety expert will help more young drivers to gain the skills and experience they need to drive safely on motorways.” Mark Winn, DVSA Deputy Chief Driving Examiner said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving. “Allowing learners to practice on motorways with a professional instructor gives them the opportunity be taught motorway rules and etiquette properly, practice at higher speeds and will help make our roads even safer.” We at Learndive, along with other motoring organisations welcome the changes, especially as over a quarter of drivers say they felt scared when driving onto the motorway for the first time. Motorways driving is not being added to the test and lessons are voluntary, we at Learndrive will only take pupils on to the motorway when we feel they are at a suitable standard and ready for test, the option to take up the motorway lessons will be up to the instructor and naturally only if the pupil wishes to do so. We hope to give you a blog with some more useful tips and advice on motorway driving so please have a look at this too. For more help and advice about motorway lessons give us a call on 01253 391941

The 25 Toughest Test Centres

The Toughest Test Centres.

We were given this information and found it very interesting, so we thought we would also let you know- the Test Centres where it is apparently hardest to get a cancellation. So if you do not want to wait for a driving test give us a call! Here’s the Top 25 most difficult;
  1. Peterhead
  2. Trowbridge
  3. Northwich
  4. Cheadle(Fire Station)
  5. Ayr
  6. Barry
  7. Carshalton (Sutton)
  8. Salisbury
  9. Newport (Gwent)
  10. Crawley
  11. Wood Green (London)
  12. Dundee
  13. Llanelli
  14. Loughborough
  15. Birmingham (Kingstanding)
  16. Burton on Trent
  17. Tottenham
  18. Elgin
  19. Pontypridd
  20. Airdrie
  21. Greenford (Whitton Ave East)
  22. Hemel Hempstead (Fire Station)
  23. Banbury
  24. Melton Mowbray
  25. Sheffield (Middlewood Road)
  We can look for a cancellation for you in your own area if wished (for a small fee) or you can consider taking a driving course with us. On our intensive driving courses the driving test is booked for the last hour of the course, we can usually book you in within 1-2 weeks. Need to find out our next dates? Give us a call on 01253 391941 or for more information and prices and how it works; https://www.learndrive.co.uk/how-it-works/  

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Did you know we are rated one of the Top 3 Best Rated Driving Schools in Blackpool, UK? How do they actually find the most highly rated driving school? The 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. Because you deserve only the best!
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How to find a good driving instructor with a high pass rate.

Choosing the right driving instructor for you.

It’s important that you get on well with whoever is teaching you to drive and that’s why we only work with the very best. Our driving instructors are friendly, patient and experienced and are passionate about teaching. The best way to find a good instructor is to read reviews or ask for recommendations. You can review some of our feedback here; https://www.learndrive.co.uk/intensive-driving-course-reviews/ ‎ All of our instructors are Approved driving instructors on the DVSA register. We do not use any trainees, we have excellent feedback and reviews about all our instructors, as you can see from our Facebook, web site and independent review sites.              

      What is your pass rate? We get asked this question all the time, maybe you’ve already asked another driving school and want to compare, but be warned the higher someone claims their pass rate is the more likely they could be exaggerating or manipulating it. And why not, it’s not like they can actually prove it!  For example if someone claims a 90% pass rate or more pass it is probably because they include people that went on to pass with them, saying that people who went elsewhere or quit don’t count when of course they do! Even with a 90% pass rate it doesn’t mean you will pass; in order to pass you need to book a suitable course and have enough lessons to get you ready and confident for test. If both you and the instructor feels you are ready and at a safe standard to take a test then you will take this at the end of the course, even the best driver can make a mistake on the day! We care about our customers, we want you to pass your test, we want you to give us a great review and recommend us, after all that’s why we have been going for around 25 years! We also offer free tuition if the pupil does not pass practical test(on most courses) so it is in our best interest to try to help them pass their driving test first time.  

THE NEW DRIVING TEST HAS ARRIVED.

What are the changes on the new Driving Test?

Here are the three key new changes: 

1. Independent driving and introduction of sat nav.

The independent driving part of the practical test used to last around 10 minutes, but it has now increased to 20 minutes. This means the pupil may have to follow a sat nav (which will be set up by the examiner) or follow signs and road markings.

2. Change to manoeuvres.

The ‘reverse around a corner’ manoeuvre is being scrapped as is ‘turn-in-the-road’. Instead drivers will be asked to complete one of three different reversing manoeuvres: -parallel park at the side of the road -park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do) -pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

3. Vehicle safety questions

During your test the driving instructor will ask you two vehicle safety questions while you are taking your test. These are know as ‘show me’ / ‘tell me’ questions, which were typically asked by the examiner before the test began. The ‘tell me’ questions are still be asked at the start of the exam while the ‘show me’ questions are asked while you’re driving.  

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The length of the test has not changed, it should last around 40 minutes. For more information on the new test please contact us on 01235 391941 thanks.
New Driving Test in December 2017

New Driving Test in December 2017

The Driving Test is set to change in December, for full details about the change see the link below, for more information and advice call us on 01253 391941 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-test-changes-4-december-2017

Are intensive courses cheaper than hourly lessons?

Intensive course cheaper than hourly lessons?

Paying for your tuition on a lesson by lesson basis could cost a small fortune. Taking into account a usual 10 minute recap at the start of each lesson and just when you might be getting into it the hour lesson is approaching the end. You may have only driven about 40 minutes before you’re starting on the debrief and then waiting another week for the next lesson. An intensive course would mean less time wasted and be more cost effective at the same time improving your confidence and getting you up to test standard quicker.

Look out for any discounts

Often it’s worth checking if any discounts are available, especially at quieter times of the year. Even if no discounts are showing on the website there is no harm in asking. Often companies are happy to discount if you recommend a friend too.

Consider a 0% card

As most courses can be paid by card it might be worth paying this way and then you will have time to pay it back over several months. Don’t consider this if you don’t think you will be able to pay it off though as substantial interest could be incurred. Better still ask bank of Mum/dad! You can be their free taxi service after.

Pass first time!

Ok so you are eager to pass but remember this is a skill for life and extra time spent on lessons will give you better chance of passing first time and being a confident driver once you pass. Although at Learndrive we offer free tuition on our unique 4,5 and 7 day courses if you do not pass, there is still the extra cost of the test fee to pay out.

I’ve passed!

Pass first time!

Ok so you are eager to pass but remember this is a skill for life and extra time spent on lessons will give you better chance of passing first time and being a confident driver once you pass. Although at Learndrive we offer free tuition on our unique 4,5 and 7 day courses if you do not pass, there is still the extra cost of the test fee to pay out.

How to keep costs of learning to drive down?

Learning to drive can cost a packet – here are some tips on keeping your costs down.

Learn before you start!

You can save yourself some time & cash by cracking on with the theory side and learning the rules of the road and the Highway Code before even starting on your practical lessons. There are plenty of free resources to help with this (eg free phone apps) and having this knowledge will make you a better driver in less time.

Intensive course cheaper than hourly lessons?

Paying for your tuition on a lesson by lesson basis could cost a small fortune. Taking into account a usual 10 minute recap at the start of each lesson and just when you might be getting into it the hour lesson is approaching the end. You may have only driven about 40 minutes before you’re starting on the debrief and then waiting another week for the next lesson. An intensive course would mean less time wasted and be more cost effective at the same time improving your confidence and getting you up to test standard quicker.

Look out for any discounts

Often it’s worth checking if any discounts are available, especially at quieter times of the year. Even if no discounts are showing on the website there is no harm in asking. Often companies are happy to discount if you recommend a friend too.

Consider a 0% card

As most courses can be paid by card it might be worth paying this way and then you will have time to pay it back over several months. Don’t consider this if you don’t think you will be able to pay it off though as substantial interest could be incurred. Better still ask bank of Mum/dad! You can be their free taxi service after.

Pass first time!

Ok so you are eager to pass but remember this is a skill for life and extra time spent on lessons will give you better chance of passing first time and being a confident driver once you pass. Although at Learndrive we offer free tuition on our unique 4,5 and 7 day courses if you do not pass, there is still the extra cost of the test fee to pay out.