Driving Lessons from National Driving Schools?


If you live in the Gloucester or Cheltenham areas, you might be considering which driving school to go for… AA or BSM since these are the 2 most established driving schools in the UK. It is only natural that you might think of driving lessons with these companies if you want high quality services.

As an ex- AA and BSM Driving Instructor, let me tell you that while you will generally get a good service from AA or BSM, it is not guaranteed because every UK driving instructor is trained to DSA standards. All they need to operate a national school franchise is a green badge issued by the Driving Standards Agency. Neither BSM, AA, Red or any other national driving school for that matter, has a seperate training procedure, and all of their induction courses are merely an introduction to the benefits of joining the organisation, not specific ways of conducting business.

All UK driving instructors are self-employed, and neither the AA or BSM give a salary to the trainer, in fact the franchisee pays a weekly fee to be able to use the brand name!

So if you go to AA or BSM for driving lessons, it depends on the individual instructor as too what type of experience you get, and usually within the first 2 sessions you should be able to decide if you want to stay with that instructor or not. The only advantage with these national schools is that you can request a different instructor if you don’t like the services being offered, so bear this in mind.

There are many independent driving instructors who offer a better service, because they have a reputation to keep, and value the repeat custom that satisfied clients will bring. An AA or BSM instructor is only promoting the franchise, and there is no real incentive for them to put more money into the company’s pockets.

This is one of the reasons why you see so many varied reviews of these motoring organisations (AA, BSM, Red, Bill Plant, LDC). Some have very good experiences, while others don’t, yet it is the same brand name!

So you need to think if it is worth paying a premium for taking tuition with an organisation such as the AA driving school, BSM or Red, or can you take the time to search for the same or better quality of driving tuition via the right local independent driving instructor like myself?

AA and BSM are not the only places you can get high quality driving Lessons from, and while they are good and strong brand names this is one area where individual personalities really matters. Call me today on 01452 290121 and see how I can get your driving career on the road to success and obtain that full UK licence you desire. I also offer refresher lessons for those who need a confidence boost after a driving break.


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Mike Williams Driving School……www.gloucesterdrivinglessons.co.uk


Mike Williams Driving School www.gloucesterdrivinglessons.co.uk is an independent DSA approved driving school, based in gloucester offering very high quality lessons to residents of Gloucester and Cheltenham plus the surrounding areas.

I pride myself in being honest, patient, offering a first class service as I am a fully qualified, vetted and CRB checked Department of Transport approved driving instructor in a modern, air conditioned and well maintained dual controlled (seperate instructor pedals) vehicle.

I might not be offering the cheapest driving lessons in Gloucester and Cheltenham, but I am one of the best when it comes to offering value for money. I am an instructor that gives the best tuition that suits every individuals ability, and will not withold information or try to prolong tuition to earn more from the learner driver. I charge a price I believe to be fair, and in return you get my full and undivided attention for the full duration of the training session (no mobile phone calls, texting or pulling you over on the side of the road to give you a 10 minute lecture after making a driving error). If you’ve failed a practical test, and come to me for remedial training, if I can rectify your errors in 2 hrs I will, because I want you to go away satisfied and spread the word about my driving school. One unhappy client learner driver is one too many, and I will not sacrifice my quality reputation for the sake of 2 extra driving lessons.

If you are interested in Pass Plus, motorway tuition, refresher training, then why not give me a call today. I don’t offer those sneaky marketing free driving lesson deals (as nothing in life is free except the air we breathe), but have discounts available for block advance bookings, see the driving lesson prices ( try us and see ) on the website www.gloucesterdrivinglessons.co.uk  for details. I am sure that you will be impressed with the service that I offer to Gloucester and Cheltenham residents.
Best Driving Test Centres For Gloucester and Cheltenham residents

If you are ready to take a driving test in Gloucester, then I would advise you to book it at the DSA Gloucester Driving Test Centre.

If you are ready to take a driving test in Cheltenham, then I would advise you to book it at the DSA Cheltenham Test Centre.
They are not only the nearest places available, but also two of the friendliest places to be tested. The UK driving test is a tough driving test, and to have the best chances of passing first time, you need to be adequately prepared which should not be a problem if you use the Mike Williams driving school instructor who is not only very familiar with the test routes, but will also make sure that any learner weaknesses are addressed.


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Congratulations to Dominic Smith of Gloucester who Passed his Practical Driving Test on 29th of May.

Congratulations to Dominic Smith of Gloucester who passed his Practical Driving Test on 29th of May.

Well done Dominic you showed the Examiner that you are such a good driver and didn’t let any pre-test nerves get the better of you.

So it’s off out with Dad scouring the car sales forecourts of Gloucestershire for this Golf Gti, which is going to give you all the freedom you need.

Good luck with that and also the job hunting when you have your new wheels.

Great pleasure teaching you Dom!

All the very best from Mike Williams Driving School. Keep safe!!013


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Are people worried about having a male Driving Instructor?

This question crops up quite a lot, when a new potential pupil is inquiring about driving lessons and they insist on having afemale Driving Instructor. When I ask as to why it has to be a female, the normal response is that they feel more comfortable with a female.

I can understand this point to a certain extent, but these days all driving instructors are CRB checked to make sure they are not a complete weirdo. So is it that the reputation of driving instructors in the “old days” is so bad,  that people still think male driving instructors are “strange”.

What do you think?


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Why are Driving School Prices so different?

When choosing a driving school, it can be confusing with so many different deals on offer.

What you must remember is that you don’t get anything for nothing and that all driving instructors are self employed. Why is this important? Well think about it …. driving instructors are self employed and if they are very good at their job then they can charge more for their services. If they are not very good and are desperate for work, then they tend to charge less for their services. What tends to happen when an instructor charges much less than the market in their area is that they make you have more lessons to compensate them.

Try choosing a Driving School based on their reputation and not by how cheap you think their lessons are!



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Valuable Help Before Taking Your Test

Why do so many people think that they will be able to pass their driving test without having any driving lessons with a qualified driving instructor?

The driving test is getting  much harder to pass for a good reason. To cut down the number of accidents on the road and make them a safer place. Without the help of an instructor how do you know what the examiner is looking for? And why do people think they can just turn up and pass their test?

To be a safe driver for life, you need to get driving lessons from an expert like Mike Williams Driving School, who will give you the knowledge and expertise to drive on today’s very busy roads.



Don’t leave it to chance, get help!

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Congratulations to Michael Blair of Gloucester who Passed his Practical Test on 3rd of May.

Congratulations to Michael Blair of Gloucester who Passed his Practical Test 1st time on 3rd of May.

Well done…a cool, calm and collected drive Michael! Only 2 minors!! This showed the examiner that you are such a good driver and nothing was a problem to you.

Enjoy the classic Mini and hope it takes you on some fantastic journeys…hope there’s enough room for all the family.

Hope your plum job is there when you leave the Services.

All the very best from Mike Williams Driving School. Keep safe!!014


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