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Maybe some good news for when that pass certificate lands in your hands?
https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/new-car-costs-slashed-by-nearly-25-as-showrooms-get-back-to-business/

View more at www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/top-tip-tuesday.html

New car costs slashed by nearly 25% as showrooms get back to business

New car costs slashed by nearly 25% as showrooms get back to business

Car showrooms across England have dramatically lowered their prices in a bid to lure buyers after lockdown...

Tag: RAC.CO.UK

Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

11th Aug 2020

Tricky pedestrians on today's Theory Teaser!
For bonus points, find this in the highway code

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/index.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

6th Aug 2020

Definately how not to do it.
Sad consequences for all involved
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/jailed-killer-driver-who-boasted-of-doing-146mph-and-sent-bragging-videos-of-dodging-ban-on-whatsapp-a3966506.html

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Jailed: killer driver who boasted of doing 146mph and sent bragging videos of dodging ban on WhatsApp

Jailed: killer driver who boasted of doing 146mph and sent bragging videos of dodging ban on WhatsApp

A “boy-racer” who killed a student just a few months after boasting he had dodged a driving ban for knocking down another pedestrian has been jailed for more than six years...

Tag: RAC.CO.UK

Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

4th Aug 2020

jamie passes driving test with mikes driving lessons

Well done to Jamie who passed his test at Rochdale with flying colours!

Just remember not to smash limbs into car doors when you're celebrating
Enjoy your freedom and I'll see you soon for our Pass Plus adventure!

Want your full Driving Licence just like Jamie? Send us a message on here at www.MikesDrivingLessons.co.uk

Tag: School News

3rd Aug 2020

Disqualification and Theory Thursday today!

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/index.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

30th July 2020

Thanks Rochdale Road!!!
#DrivingInstructorsNightmare

the state of rochdale road

Tag: School News

28th July 2020

C19 and MOT's, an interesting topic anyway with their casual extensions...
https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/coronavirus-no-barrier-to-getting-cars-motd-and-serviced-say-drivers/

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Coronavirus no barrier to getting cars MOT’d and serviced, say drivers

Coronavirus no barrier to getting cars MOT’d and serviced, say drivers

Drivers remain committed to keeping their vehicles properly maintained through the coronavirus pandemic, with relatively few intending to make full use of the automatic six-month MOT extension...

Tag: RAC.CO.UK

Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

28th July 2020

Roof Racks!
A fun Theory Thursday today!

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/index.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

23rd July 2020

How not to pass a theory test!
Your instructor can help you as much as is needed, don't do it this way!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51551981

View more at www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/top-tip-tuesday.html

Cardiff learner driver with 'spy' earpiece in theory test

Cardiff learner driver with 'spy' earpiece in theory test

A learner driver's bid to cheat his way through his theory test by using a hidden earpiece has landed him with a suspended jail sentence.

Tag: BBC.CO.UK

Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

21st July 2020

How would a driving licence change your life?
Check out Harry's Story of gaining his Independence here:

View Harry's Story

Harry's Story - Mikes Driving Lessons

This is a quick cartoon showing Harry's story of learning to drive and getting his independence. Want to get on the road too? Simply contact us on any of ...

Tag: YOUTUBE

Tag: General

31st Oct 2015

MOT test on today's theory teaser
(Bear in mind, Theory tests don't know that some services may have been postponed under C19 regs!)

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/index.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

16th July 2018

DVSA Information about rebooking your pupils test

Inviting candidates to rebook their driving test

We recently told you that we'd contact critical workers and practical car test candidates in England whose tests were put on hold due to coronavirus to ask them to choose a new test date and time.

We will send emails out:

  • on 15 July to critical workers in England, Scotland and Wales who had a test booked during lockdown
  • from 16 July to candidates in England whose practical car test was put on hold due to lockdown

Both emails will include a link to book a new test date as the candidate booking system remains closed.
This link will only work for people who have been invited to rebook their test.

When we email candidates whose tests were put on hold due to lockdown, we'll initially invite around 10,000 each day, split in batches to spread out demand on the service.
All available appointments will be shown on the online service. Do not contact our customer service centre as they will not be able to book any alternative test slots.

Making sure your pupils are ready

It's important that you speak to your pupils before they rebook their tests to make sure:

  • they are ready to take their test
  • you are available to take them

As examiners will only be at test centres when they have a test booked, we have increased the minimum notice period for booking a test from 60 minutes to 10 hours.

Wearing a face covering

All candidates must wear a face covering when taking their driving test, unless they have a good reason not to. This includes if:

  • they have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause them severe distress

When they arrange their test, they’ll need to say if there’s a good reason they cannot wear a face covering. The email will tell them how to do this.

Tag: School News

15th Jul 2020

Changes to motorway roadworks regs. How would this affect you?
https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/motorway-roadworks-speed-limit-may-rise-to-60mph/

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Motorway roadworks speed limit may rise to 60mph

Motorway roadworks speed limit may rise to 60mph

Tag: RAC.CO.UK

Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

14th Jul 2020

Do you know about our "Recommend a Friend" scheme?
If you're a current or former pupil and you recommend Mike's Driving Lessons to a friend, when they make their first block booking you receive £20. Easy!
Some T&C's do apply so message us on here or simply ask during lessons!

Tag: School News | General News

6th Jan 2016

Motorways on today's Theory Thursday!
This catches many people out

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/index.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

9th July 2018

If you've passed recently, or been driving for a bit, whats your opinion on these "unwritten rules"?
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18504856.13-unwritten-rules-driving-uk-roads/

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These are the 13 unwritten rules for driving on UK roads

These are the 13 unwritten rules for driving on UK roads

MOTORING experts have revealed 13 of the UK’s unwritten road rules that drivers should make sure they follow to avoid annoying other drivers...

Tag: SOUTHWALESARGUS.CO.UK

Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

7th Jul 2020

Best day in the last 100 days by far.... Massive thank you to my pupils today!

I've missed this job and most importantly you guys so much.
Onwards and upwards now, let's get back "up to speed!"

Tag: School News, Coronavirus

2nd Jul 2020

Did you know you can buy gift vouchers for Driving Lessons?
A perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas!

Email info@mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk to order, or for more info, call us on 07825 636 871

Stocks are Very limited and running out, so it's currently First-come First-served, but all Voucher Hours will be redeemable! Don't Miss Out!

Tag: School News | General

30th November 2016

Just view some of the successful pupils at Mikes Driving Lessons

Tag: School News, Videos

3rd July 2020

Mike's Driving Lessons
Driving Lesson procedures from 6th July Onwards:

Before the Lesson:

You may notice me get to our starting location early to disinfect the car after I have driven it there.
Before you get in the car to start your lesson, I will ask you to confirm that:

  • You do not have a high temperature.
  • No one in your household has any symptoms.
  • You are willing to taking part in the NHS Test and Trace initiative.
  • You are willing to wear a face covering. These must be on BEFORE entering the car.
  • You are willing to use Anti-Bacterial Hand gel..

During the lesson:

  • You will not be able to bring any food or drink with you. All personal belongings must be kept on your person (i.e. pockets) rather than placed in the center console.
  • If you feel unwell at any point during the lesson you MUST inform me and the lesson will be aborted.
  • If we need to have a lengthy discussion regarding any part of the lesson, we will exit the car and do this in the fresh air outside. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
  • During the lesson we may have a ‘clean down’ at the midpoint where you will be able to exit the car for refreshments and to remove your mask if you wish.

At the end of the lesson:

  • Please do not remove your mask until you are outside of the car and at least 2 metres away. The car will then be cleaned thoroughly before I drive to the next lesson.
  • Please fill in your reflective logs once you are home. This is to minimise sharing of any pens or clipboards.

Tag: School News, Coronavirus

2nd Jul 2020

How to look after your tyres 101:

View more Theory Thursday posts at www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/theory-thursday.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

2nd July 2020

Struggling with the Theory test?
Perhaps you are unsure when exactly to click on the Hazard Perception phase?
Get all your questions answered in our FREE e-book "Everything you need to know for the Theory Test" packed with top tips and hints to get you the pass you deserve!
Available to download here: http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/everything-you-need-to-know-for-the-theory-test.html

everything you need to know for the theory test

Mikes Driving Lessons, Royton, Oldham - Everything you need to know for the Theory Test...

Find out more about starting Driving Lessons with Mike in the Oldham and Rochdale areas of...

Tag: MIKESDRIVINGLESSONS.CO.UK

Tag: School News

11th May 2016

Information on Theory and Practical tests resuming:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests

Coronavirus: driving tests (England)

Car driving tests will restart in England on 22 July 2020 with safety precautions in place - other types of tests will restart before then...

THEORY TESTING

For the theory test, the guidance includes:

  • using floor markings to keep people 2 metres apart
  • spacing workstations and chairs to keep people at least 2 metres away from other people
  • extra cleaning of the test centres
  • using protective transparent screens at the reception desk
  • providing hand sanitiser when candidates arrive and leave
  • cleaning workstations, including computers and headphones, before every test
  • coming into the test centre alone

DRIVING AND MOTORCYCLE TESTS

The practical test guidance includes:

  • You should wear a face covering if you are able to. Unless you have exceptional circumstances.
  • Do not arrive for your test more than 5 minutes before the appointment time.
  • Candidates will be directed back to the driving test centre if they make a serious or dangerous fault
  • Waiting rooms will not be available for use.

Tag: GOV.UK

Tag: School News, Government Information

1st Jul 2020

"Learning during lockdown"

https://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/.../learning-drive-during-...

Learning to drive during lockdown - how to keep your skills sharp without lessons

Learning to drive during lockdown - how to keep your skills sharp without lessons

Among the earliest aspects of life to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak was the UK’s driving test system. Even before the country was put into lockdown, theory and practical...

Tag: WAKEFIELDEXPRESS.CO.UK

Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

30th June 2020

Breaking news! Lessons to resume!

Your lessons will look slightly different when we return, in order to keep both pupils and instructors safe after the pandemic.
Have a look at our Covid policy here:
http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/.../coronavirus-policy-2...

Learners with test disruptions - Your test could come sooner than you realise, and it's key to get you back into the car and back up to speed after the lockdown period (Even i'm rusty at driving after a 3 month break!) The backlog of tests is absolutely massive as you would expect, so failing your test will put you to the back of an already long queue. When rebooking your test slot, give yourself enough time to fit in enough lessons to get back up to speed and become the best driver you can be, get it done first time and go enjoy that freedom!
I will be in contact with you in terms of dates/times of these rebooked tests so don't worry, I will be in touch.

Current learners - Much of your day to day life may have changed, perhaps you're not in college every day now, or working different days/hours compared to what you were before the lockdown. I will be in touch with you all individually to ensure you get a slot for lessons that is either the same as before lockdown, or suits your current situation. Again, dont worry, I will be in touch.

New learners - With the DVSA shutting down pretty much everything since March, this has had a massive effect on our students passing their tests, and creating availability for you. Rest assured you have not been forgotton and we will be in touch as soon as a space opens for you. We thank you for your patience during this strange time!

If you have any questions on anything at all regarding getting back behind the wheel, please don't hesitate to message the page

See you all soon!
Mike

Tag: DVSA

Tag: School News

25th June 2020

Did you know you can buy gift vouchers for Driving Lessons?
A perfect gift for Christmas!

Email info@mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk to order, or for more info, call us on 07825 636 871.

Stocks are Very limited and running out, so it's currently First-come First-served, but all Voucher Hours will be redeemable! Don't Miss Out!

Tag: School News

1st Nov 2019

In the House of Commons today.

Greg Smith MP - Buckingham

With the good news this week that further parts of our economy can re-open from 4th July, a particular sector left wondering when they can return to work are driving instructors.

I have been contacted by a number of instructors in the constituency, such as Tom Matthews of Viking school of motoring in Buckingham, setting out comprehensive measures he has taken to be Covid-secure and reporting a long queue of customers wanting him to teach them to drive.

Whilst it is right the economy is re-opened cautiously and following the science, this morning I called on the government to ensure statements are made to the House of Commons as soon as possible to give the thousands of driving instructors in our country the guidance they need to understand when and how they may be able to return to work too.

The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg) replied:

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question. Driving instructors are one of the unseen engines of the country. They train future generations of drivers, and I hope they can resume their important work safely as soon as possible.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency chief executive will be writing to all approved driving instructors on 25 June, setting out plans to restart driver testing and to help them to return to a life that is as close to normal as possible, as quickly and as fairly as possible, in a way that avoids a second peak of infections.

From 4 July, I am happy to say that people will be able to take driving lessons on a motorcycle, or in a car, lorry or bus, and there will be a phased approach to resuming practical testing, so learners have the opportunity to practise before taking a test. But he can raise this with the Secretary of State for Transport on 2 July.

Tag: Greg Smith MP - Buckingham, Hansard

Tag: School News

25th June 2020

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