The Berkshire Driving School
  105 Sutherland Chase, Ascot. SL5 8TE
  Home: 01344-876678. Mob: 07917-666366
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Our Services, Our Experience and How We Can Help You

Training for the B+E test

We provide quick and effective training for drivers wishing to pass the car plus trailer test. We do not operate courses per se since many of our Clients have considerable driving experience. If we were to expect our Clients to commit to an inflexible course of training without even assessing their driving, then we could be committing them to more training than would be necessary for them to achieve a reasonable chance of passing the trailer test.

We encourage our Clients to adopt a simple and efficient style of driving which minimises pollution, reduces vehicle running costs and, of course reduces the chance of accidents. Examiners appreciate this approach and consequently we have a high pass rate.

Although we occasionally train from our Customer’s facilities we much prefer to start from our office at SL5 8TE, 105 Sutherland Chase, Ascot. Link to map here... Streetmap

One of our trailer combinations
One of our trailer combinations

Trailer lessons - Many drivers do not realise that they need to pass a test to pull their horseboxes or car trailers. Please click on the trailer topic at left for more details.

Training for the D1 test

It is illegal to train a driver to drive a minibus without having first passed a driving test to drive that class of vehicle. Grandfather rights are no longer considered to be a sufficient qualification. Our instructor has passed tests to drive the largest buses and articulated trucks. He has also passed the Approved Driver Instructor’s Special Driving Test conducted at the examiner’s training headquarters, Cardington. Additional qualifications include the Transport Manager’s Exam (National and International), The Road Transport Industrial Training Board’s HGV Instructor plus a number of advanced driving tests passes in lorries and cars. (IAM and RoSPA). Clearly, well qualified to train your staff to drive minibuses.


Minibus Assessments

Many schools and colleges have a policy of checking that their staff are safe and competent to drive the organisations’ minibuses. Because of our background in the transport industry we are called upon by many educational establishments to assess their staff. Drivers will be encouraged to adopt a smooth economical style of driving which, when applied to minibuses will ensure greater safety, lower operating costs and greater comfort for the passengers. Our instructor has also attended a MiDAS instructor’s course which covered driving and operating accessible minibuses.

Familiarisation of Foreign Drivers to U.K. Roads

Many older drivers who have not driven on British roads come to us for short courses to gain confidence or to adapt to U.K. driving conditions. We can take their driving to a higher level and this will almost guarantee a DVSA* driving test pass if this is necessary.

*April 2014 the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) merged to form the DVSA or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. (See wikipedia DSA and wikipedia VOSA ). The DVSA can be contacted here - contact-dvsa

Driving Style Update

Vehicles which comply with the latest Euro 6 Emissions Regulations (introduced 2014) need to be driven in a specific manner to reduce premature damage to the engines’ inlet system. Our instructors’ background in Science and Mechanics makes him the ideal tutor to pass on the latest driving techniques needed do drive modern vehicles. Transport managers appreciate better drivers who reduce fleet running costs. Information on Euro 6 can be found here - Euro 6 Legislation

Taxi and Private Hire Driving Tests

Many drivers confess that they would never pass the driving test if they were to re-take it. Potential professional drivers need not fear the test – simple efficient driving will impress the Examiner – and the Candidate will save on his future vehicle operating costs.

Preparation for the Police Driving Course

It is not possible to drive safely at speed unless the driver has a good basic driving style which involves excellent forward planning and a sensitivity to vehicle dynamics. These qualities should be practiced until they become well established. This will result in a driving style which is safe, kind to the vehicle and will lower your running costs. Before embarking on an advanced driving test it is helpful to prepare yourself beforehand. We can help you. The Police Driving School at Hendon will then have a higher base standard of driving upon which to build. Met Police Driving

Our Charges

See our description page in the Blog for latest fees : HERE

This is my marking scheme

Driving Report

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Our Car

We have recently changed our car to a Skoda Octavia Greenline. More details to come...

This Website

We have updated the site by improving the layout, readability and the programming (now PHP based) which we hope will provide you with some useful driving information in addition to considering using or even recommending our services.
In addition we have converted the original simple-text blog onto a searchable and reply-able WordPress blog which we hope will inform and entertain.

If you have arrived at this site from one of our other domain names it is because they are all linked to this site for simplicity

Link Description
Home & Info Home Page and general information
Trailers Trailer information
Minibuses Minibus tuition and licencing issues
Taxi Test The taxi test
Blogs Our monthly muse on vehicles, planners and life*
Driving Tips Driving tips and tricks
Green Issues Global Warming etc
Links Useful Links
Project Our trailer electrics project

We hope you will find our monthly blog (see Blogs link) interesting (* we have converted the blog database to WordPress so we can now accept comments on our thoughts) as well as our general driving tips (see the Tips tab) which includes global warming issues.

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Please note our contact phone number 0333-6663333 is not an 'expensive' phone call but is actually included in many landline phone plans that give free calls to 01 and 02 numbers. You will not be charged a premium rate for using it.

Please note all information on this site is as correct as best endeavours can make it (Errors and Omissions excepted).
Please report website problems to webmaster Neil Manuel
Website revised on Saturday 24th March 2012. Last edited on Sunday 29th June 2014.