February 14, 2024
Percentage Motorists Want To See End Of Parking Apps

A survey recently conducted, disclosed that a huge percentage of drivers find the parking apps to be a nuisance. The survey revealed that a staggering 83% of the 1387 people who partook, stated they would rather use a pay and display machine than downloading and creating an account for the many different apps used today.

The survey, from Autocar, discovered that drivers were concerned about online fraud and that some apps were overly complicated.

A small percentage expressed they would use parking apps as a  preferred way of payment, stating it was more convenient to pay for parking at a push of a button on their mobiles.

You can view the full survey findings here.

Motorists in the UK have a selection of 30 different parking apps, which will need to be downloaded to park in the chosen areas. Each of them will need an account and access to personal details in order to pay for parking. Each of them will need an account and access to personal details in order to pay for parking, which is a factor that some drivers find off putting or confusing, others have expressed they worry that submitting all their details could lead to cases of fraud.

Another concern is that phones aren’t always 100% reliable, a loss of internet service or a low battery could be what throws a spanner in the works.

In response to the growing concerns around parking, in October 2023 Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Transport Secretary Mark Harper revealed plans for a ‘national parking platform’.

The aim is to streamline this process of paying for parking, where drivers can use one system – no matter where they are leaving their vehicle.

At the time of the announcement, the Government stated that it will be live by Autumn 2024.

Could this be the end for the pay and display system? We asked some Instructors and Training Instructors their thoughts, the majority agreed it was convenient to pay via the app but the app also comes along with its own disadvantages. Of course it eradicates the scramble looking for change to pay, but also does need to be more reliable.

Kerry at Britannia said;

I do like the convenience of the App, providing it works when you need it to. There has been some occasions i have clicked on the App for it to have completely logged me out, which therefore takes more time to re log in and pay than if i would use the old simple method of pay and display. But when i had small children in the car this would of been a godsend to be able to do it all from my vehicle.






January 19, 2024
Provisional License Picture

Recently here at Britannia we have had some pupils being turned away from their practical driving test due to their pictures not being up to date.

The staff at the test centers are on high alert to be on the look out for fraudsters who are trying to take the test on behalf of someone else. Whilst you may be completely innocent and not up to no good, it is something to bare in mind.

If you have had a change in appearance such as but not limited to :

  • Dramatic hairstyle change
  • Beard/no beard
  • Dramatic weight loss/ weight gain

Anything that could of altered you appearance could cause a problem, For instance if your provisional license picture if of you with no make up on and you go to your test with a full face of make up this could cause the staff to doubt your picture. The staff have to make a decision on a limited time frame.

Your provisional license is valid for 10 years so if you got your license in 2014 being age 17 then take your test in 2024 being age 27 then you could of undergone a lot of facial changes.

This is just something to bare in mind, as I’m sure we are all aware of the huge back log regarding tests. It would be extremely unfortunate and frustrating to have your long awaited test to be cancelled on such grounds.


You need to renew your full or provisional driving licence if you want to update your photo. You’ll get a new licence. You can apply online with the DVLA if you have a valid UK passport and want to use your passport photo. It costs £14 when you apply online.



January 4, 2024
Fraudster Took Driving Test for Someone Else

A man who attempted to take a practical driving test on behalf of someone else has been sentenced.

Police officers from Nottinghamshire Police fraud team made contact with the Worksop Test Centre to alert them of the fraudulent Driving Test about to take place on the 24/10/23.

The fraud team had reason to believe Mr Ali Mohammed 48, would be providing the test centre with false details and would attempt to take the test on behalf of another man later that day.

The staff at the test centre had promptly flagged that the man undertaking the test looked vastly younger than the ID documents, Mohammed was arrested upon arriving back to the test centre on suspicion of fraud.

Mohammed, of Estone Walk, Birmingham, was given a jail sentence of 20 weeks, suspended for 18 months, when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (2 January).

He will also have to carry out 20 days of rehabilitation activity and 150 hours of unpaid work in the community as part of his sentence.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation at the same court.

Police Constable Bethany Childs, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Driving tests are vital in ensuring motorists have a decent level of skill and experience in order to safely use our roads.

“Impersonating another individual on a test for financial gain is obviously a serious offence which potentially puts other road users at risk and undermines the principle of the testing process.

“I hope this case sends a clear message to those who believe they can break the law for their own financial gain that offences will be uncovered and you will be brought before the courts.”

The court was told the fraud attempt was ‘crudely executed’ as Mohammed looked ‘markedly different’ to the man who was booked in for the test.

In mitigation, it was said he was under pressure to pay a debt to a family member at the time of the offence and had not offended in around 20 years.


December 14, 2023
Driving Home For Christmas

Before embarking on your Christmas journey, it’s important to adequately prepare for the trip. This includes checking your vehicle’s condition, planning the route, and packing the essentials. By taking these necessary steps, you can ensure a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience during the holiday season.

Before hitting the road for your Christmas travel, it is crucial to thoroughly check your vehicle’s condition. Start by inspecting the tires and ensuring they have proper tread depth and are adequately inflated. Check the brakes, fluid levels, and lights to ensure everything is in working order. Don’t forget to check the battery and have it tested if necessary. Taking the time to perform these checks can help prevent any unexpected breakdowns or issues during your journey.

Planning your route ahead of time is essential to avoid getting lost or stuck in traffic during your Christmas travel. Utilize online mapping tools or GPS devices to plan the most efficient and least congested route to your destination. Consider any potential road closures or construction that may affect your journey. It’s also a good idea to have alternate routes in mind in case of unforeseen circumstances. By planning your route in advance, you can save time and reduce stress on the road.

When packing for your Christmas travel, it’s important to bring along the essentials to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. Pack warm clothing, blankets, and extra layers in case of cold weather or emergencies. Don’t forget to include necessary items like a first aid kit, flashlight, and basic tools. If you’re traveling with children, remember to bring entertainment items such as books or games to keep them occupied during the trip. Additionally, be sure to have a supply of water and snacks on hand for those unavoidable hunger pangs. By packing these essentials, you’ll be better prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise during your Christmas travel.

Christmas Drink Driving is a serious issue that poses a significant risk to road safety during the festive season. This work aims to provide important information and insights into the dangers associated with drink driving, particularly during the Christmas period. By understanding the impact of alcohol on driving abilities and the potential consequences of engaging in such behavior, individuals can make informed decisions to help prevent accidents and promote a safe and joyful holiday season.

Rebecca at Britannia says: It is strongly recommended that you do not drink and drive during the holiday season. The consequences of driving under the influence can be far-reaching and can include fines, jail time, the loss of your license, and even injury or death. It is important to plan ahead for a designated driver, a taxi or other safe ride home, or to stay where you are if you’ve been drinking.

From everyone here at Britannia Driving School, we wish you a safe and Merry Christmas.

Blog written by Rebecca


November 14, 2023
Navigating the Road to Safety

Driving is an essential skill that provides mobility, independence, and convenience. However, it is also a significant responsibility, as the act of operating a vehicle affects not only our own lives but also the lives of others on the road. In this article, we explore the multifaceted aspects of the art of driving, emphasizing the importance of safety, awareness, and responsible behavior on the road.

1. The Significance of Safety:
Safety should never be compromised when behind the wheel. Road accidents not only cause physical harm but also result in emotional distress and financial burdens. By adhering to traffic rules, maintaining a proper distance between vehicles, and remaining attentive at all times, drivers contribute to a safer road environment for all.

2. Defensive Driving:
Defensive driving is a crucial approach to prevent accidents by constantly being aware of potential hazards and having a proactive mindset. This includes anticipating the actions of other drivers, scanning the surroundings, and being prepared to react to unexpected situations. Defensive driving emphasizes the importance of staying calm, evaluating risks, and making informed decisions. A defensive driver takes responsibility not only for their own safety but also for the safety of others on the road.

3. Avoiding Driver Distractions:
In today’s digital age, distractions such as smartphones and in-car entertainment systems pose a significant threat to road safety. Taking your attention off the road for even a few seconds can have disastrous consequences. It is essential to eliminate distractions by refraining from using mobile devices, eating, or engaging in other activities that divert attention from driving. By maintaining focus and concentration, drivers can significantly reduce the risk of accidents caused by distractions.

4. Adhering to Traffic Regulations:
Traffic regulations and laws are put in place to ensure a smooth flow of traffic and prevent chaos. Drivers must familiarize themselves with these rules and follow them diligently, whether it be adhering to speed limits, yielding right of way, or using indicators when changing lanes. Respecting these regulations promotes predictability and reduces the chances of accidents.

5. Nurturing a Positive Driving Attitude:
A positive driving attitude can significantly impact the overall road experience. By practicing patience, showing respect for other drivers, and being courteous, one can contribute to a harmonious driving environment. Simple gestures like using appropriate hand signals, allowing others to merge, and refraining from aggressive driving behaviors create a more pleasant and stress-free commute for everyone.


October 26, 2023
Driving In The Dark

Driving in the dark can be a daunting experience, especially for those who have limited experience or are new to the roads. There are certain tips and tricks that can help make the experience safer and less stressful.

First and foremost, it is important to slow down. Driving in the dark is inherently risky and, even with headlights, visibility can be limited. Decrease your speed and give yourself more time to react to any unexpected hazards.

It is also important to be extra attentive when driving in the dark. Pay close attention to the road and any potential hazards, such as animals, pedestrians, or other drivers. Make sure to keep your vision focused on the road ahead, and not the lights of oncoming traffic, as this can cause distraction and impair your ability to react quickly.

Finally, make sure your vehicle is equipped with the appropriate safety features. Replace any bulbs that are burnt out, and make sure all lights are functioning properly. This will not only make your drive more comfortable, but also help ensure you are seen by other drivers.

Driving in the dark can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, with the right preparation and safety measures, it can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember to slow down, remain attentive, and make sure your vehicle is equipped with the appropriate safety features. Doing so will help ensure you have a safe and pleasant journey.




Keep Your Distance:

Keeping your distance while driving is essential to staying safe on the roads. It’s a simple concept, but one that is often neglected by drivers who don’t understand the importance of maintaining a safe distance from the vehicles ahead.

The concept of keeping your distance while driving is based on the idea of “defensive driving”. This means that a driver should always be aware of what is going on around them and be prepared to react in order to avoid an accident. The most important aspect of defensive driving is maintaining a safe distance from the vehicles ahead.

Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you helps to give you the time and space to react to any sudden changes in speed or direction. It also provides you with a clear view of the road ahead so you can anticipate any potential hazards.

When keeping your distance is important?

• When driving in wet or icy conditions
• When driving in unfamiliar areas
• When driving in heavy traffic
• When driving at night
• When following large vehicles

How to maintain a safe distance?

• Keep at least a two second gap between your car and the car in front of you.
• Increase the gap to four seconds when driving in wet or icy conditions.
• Increase the gap to six seconds when following a large vehicle.
• Make sure you can still see the car in front of you in your rear view mirror.
• Be prepared to slow down or increase your speed to maintain the gap.

Keeping your distance while driving is an essential part of staying safe on the roads. By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that you and other drivers remain safe.


Adjusting Headlights:

Headlights are essential for safe driving at night, so it’s important to make sure they’re properly adjusted. Unfortunately, adjusting headlights in the dark can be a challenge. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get it right.

First, park your car in a level area at least 25 feet away from any walls or other objects. Make sure the engine is off and the headlights are on.

Next, use a screwdriver to loosen the screws that hold the headlight in place. Be careful not to over-tighten the screws.

Now, use a measuring tape to measure the distance between the ground and the center of the headlight. This will help you determine the correct angle for the light beam.

Next, adjust the angle of the headlight in increments of 1-2 degrees until you’ve achieved the desired angle. Make sure the light beam is aimed slightly downward, as this will help you see better in the dark.

Finally, use the screwdriver to tighten the screws and secure the headlight in place. Once you’re done, turn the headlights back on to see if the adjustment was successful.

Adjusting headlights in the dark can be tricky, but it’s an important task that should not be overlooked. Following this step-by-step guide will help ensure



October 10, 2023
Driving Safety Advice

Driving is an integral part of life for many people, but for those just starting out, learning to drive can be a daunting process. Driving schools are a great way for new drivers to learn the basics, and even more experienced drivers can benefit from further instruction. Here are just a few of the ways a driving school can improve your skills on the road.

First and foremost, a driving school provides a structured environment for learning. Professional instructors will teach you the basics of driving, including the rules of the road, driving techniques, and maneuvering your vehicle safely. You’ll also learn about the different types of driving, such as city driving, highway driving, and rural driving. All of these skills can help you become a better and safer driver.

Another benefit of a driving school is that you can get personalized instruction. Your instructor will work with you one-on-one to help you identify and correct any mistakes you make. This kind of personalized attention can be invaluable, as it can help you become a better driver more quickly.

Finally, a driving school can help you prepare for your driver’s license test. Britannia Driving School offer courses that will help you prepare for the written and driving portions of the test. This can give you the confidence you need to pass the test and gain your driver’s license.

Overall, a driving school can be a great way to become a better driver. With personalized instruction and a structured learning environment, you can quickly learn the basics of driving and have the confidence you need to pass the driver’s license test. So, if you’re looking to become a better driver, consider enrolling in Britannia Driving School.

Driving is a great way to get around, but it comes with some risks. It is important to take safety precautions when driving to ensure that everyone on the road is safe. Here are some tips for driving safely:

1. Buckle Up – Always wear your seatbelt. Even if you are just driving a short distance, you should always buckle up. It’s the law, and it could save your life in the event of an accident.

2. Follow the Rules of the Road – Obey all speed limits, and follow the right-of-way rules. Don’t try to run red lights or speed through yellow lights. These are all safety hazards that can lead to serious accidents.

3. Avoid Distractions – Don’t use your phone while driving, and try to limit any other distractions. If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over to a safe area first.

4. Don’t Drive Impaired – Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair your judgment and reaction time, making it more likely that you will cause an accident.

5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Pay attention to other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Be aware of potential hazards on the road, such as potholes or debris.

By following these tips, you can help ensure your own safety and the safety of others on the road. Always remember to drive safely and responsibly.


September 29, 2023
Why Choose Britannia Driving School?

With so many driving schools and independent driving instructors out there, why choose Britannia?

Here at Britannia we are dedicated to giving impeccable customer service at all times, ensuring you get the best possible help and support when it comes to booking in your driving lessons. Our helpful office staff are at your beck and call to offer our expertise in finding an instructor who is tailored to your learning style.

What makes us different to other schools?

  • Unlike the majority of local schools we have a head office where you are able to walk in and book a driving lesson on the spot, or just have a friendly chat about your driving needs. We have an easily accessible live chat option on our website whereby you can speak with us directly between 9-6pm Monday – Friday, via this option you are able to get more information or check when your next lesson is etc. We also answer all our calls so no unhelpful call centers!


  • We know  our instructors, the cars they drive, which postcodes and test centers they cover. We also will be able to determine the type of instructor you need from any information you give us, such as which days/times you are available for lessons as we are up to date with the days and times the instructors work.


  • We have an extensive website where you can find answers to common questions relating to driving or taking lessons as well as help with theory such as mock tests, with a fully up to date price list and an option send in a booking request and we respond to emails as they come through to the minute.

  • We offer pay as you go lessons as well as block bookings with a discount for 12 or more! Plus an introductory offer for new students, who are complete beginners.


  • We offer 1 hour lessons! And we mean 1hour not 45 mins.


  • We accept card payments.


  • We offer door to door service where possible and if not our helpful office staff will help you find an easy meeting point for you to meet your instructor.


  • No extra charges for Weekend or evening lessons and our lessons are all a set fee so no paying extra for manual or automatic!


  • We have a no piggy backing policy, so you will never have any other students in the car with you on your lesson.


If this all sounds good to you, then get in touch with us. Our friendly office staff are waiting to help you invest in your future by starting your driving journey.


September 25, 2023
DVSA Crack Down

If you’ve been one of the many learners trying to book a practical driving test in recent months, then you will understand the frustration it causes. Logging on to the DVSA website after being given the green light from your instructor to go ahead and book a driving test, to be greeted with 0 tests available. Very disheartening to say the least, these tests have been most likely snapped up by ‘bots’ designed to buy any test dates and then the hacker will re sell them on to desperate learners looking for a test date, at an extortionate price.

The buying and selling of tests has been likened to similar situations in the music industry where concert tickets are bought and resold simply to gain a profit. This has not only caused many learners to pay out hundreds for a test date, but it has also increased the number of learners either turning up to their tests unprepared or even worse turning up to the test center on the day of the test to find out there is no test!

However, the DVSA is in the process of now blocking nearly 5,000 unauthorized accounts that were using the system designed specifically for driving instructors and driving schools to book multiple tests at a time. Also implementing tougher security measures to block the use of any automated software to mass book tests.

The blocking of authorized accounts will help clear some of the backlog of tests, but despite the high demand, the DVSA has said 6,000 test slots per month are wasted by candidates who fail to turn up.

A further 1,100 are unable to take their tests due to the following reasons:

  • Turning up late to the test
  • Do not bring their provisional license
  • The car doesn’t meet the requirements

A text message service is being launched which will send test date reminders to learners in a bid to prevent wasted test slots.

An estimated extra 425,000 tests have taken place since April 2021, the DVSA said, after more examiners were recruited and more tests offered at weekends and on bank holidays.



September 13, 2023
Lack of driving tests in London

DVSA driving test centres will be affected by strike action in December and January

London, known for its bustling streets and iconic landmarks, is also home to millions of residents eager to obtain their driver’s licenses. However, a significant challenge that aspiring drivers in London face is the scarcity of driving test slots. In this blog post, we will delve into the reasons behind the shortage of driving test slots in the city, its impact on individuals, and potential solutions to this problem.

The Demand vs. Supply Discrepancy

London’s population density and the sheer number of individuals seeking driving licenses create a substantial gap between the demand for driving test slots and the available supply. This discrepancy has left countless Londoners struggling to secure a test date, sometimes waiting for several months before getting a chance to take their test.

Reasons for the Lack of Driving Test Slots

  1. High Population Density: London is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The sheer number of residents seeking driving licenses puts immense pressure on the limited test slots available.
  2. Limited Test Centers: London has several driving test centers, but they are often spread out across the city. This geographic dispersion can make it challenging for individuals to find a nearby test center with available slots.
  3. Backlog Due to COVID-19: The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted driving tests globally, leading to a backlog of postponed tests. This backlog has further strained the availability of test slots as examiners work to catch up.
  4. Instructor Shortages: The demand for driving instructors in London often outstrips the supply. This can result in delays for learners in completing their required lessons and, subsequently, booking their tests.

Impact on Aspiring Drivers

The lack of driving test slots in London has several significant consequences for individuals:

  1. Delayed Independence: Obtaining a driver’s license is often seen as a rite of passage that grants individuals a sense of freedom and independence. Delays in securing test slots can postpone this milestone.
  2. Hindered Career Opportunities: Many job opportunities in London require a driver’s license. A delay in obtaining one can limit career prospects for individuals.
  3. Increased Costs: Extended waiting periods can lead to additional expenses, as learners may need to take more driving lessons to maintain their skills while waiting for their test.
  4. Frustration and Stress: The uncertainty and frustration of not knowing when one will get a test date can be emotionally taxing, affecting the mental well-being of aspiring drivers.

Potential Solutions

Addressing the lack of driving test slots in London requires a multi-faceted approach:

  1. Increase Test Centers: Building new test centers or expanding existing ones in strategic locations can help alleviate the shortage.
  2. Online Booking Systems: Implementing efficient and user-friendly online booking systems can streamline the process and reduce waiting times.
  3. Extended Operating Hours: Extending the operating hours of test centers, including evenings and weekends, can increase capacity.
  4. Training More Examiners: Increasing the number of qualified examiners can expedite the testing process.
  5. Prioritizing Essential Workers: Giving priority to essential workers, such as healthcare professionals and delivery drivers, can ensure they can access tests promptly.