Driving News


Driving examiner strike 5th April 2013

Driving Standards Agency examiners are planning strike action from 1pm on Friday 5th April 2013.  If you have a driving test booked for this date, we suggest you take DSA advice and turn up on time for your driving test. The DSA says;

” We doing everything it can to make sure that tests go ahead as planned and urges all candidates to come for their test as usual.
You won’t have to contact DSA to rebook if you can’t take your test because of the strike action. You should hear from the agency with a new date within 5 to 10 working days.”

If your test is cancelled due to the strike action, you may be able to claim out of pocket expenses by filling out a form which is available here:  DSA out of pocket expense form. Please note that if you don’t turn up for the test you will have to re book yourself and won’t be able to claim any expenses.

Click here to read the full DSA news story.

We know test day can be a little stressful and nerves sometimes get the better of us without having extra worries. If you need any help or guidance about your driving test, feel free to talk it over with your Blakes driving instructor or call Katy in the office on 07956 44 20 80 or 08456 44 81 44

Driving Lessons in Hemel Hempstead

Great news! ADI Darren Burman will be joining the Blakes team soon. This means we will now be able to offer our services in North London & Hertfordshire. Darren will be providing manual driving lessons in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans & Mill Hill. Welcome to Blakes Darren we hope you enjoy being part of the team!

Automatic Lessons in Weybridge with Rob

Just to let you know Blakes driving instructor Rob is now offering automatic driving lessons in Weybridge, Chertsey, Walton on Thames and the surrounding areas. Call Katy on 08456 44 81 44 to book a lesson today!

Pass before Russell Brand

Russell Brand is taking daily driving lessons so that he will be able to drive his wife Katy Perry around. It looks like Russell is in a hurry to pass as he is taking daily lessons. Read more..

Driving Tests and Snow

Update Wednesday 1st December 2010

If you have a driving test over the next few days, please follow the advice on your appointment letter from the Driving Standards Agency. This tells you to contact the test centre by telephone on the day of your test. Sometimes you will be asked to keep phoning even up to 30 minutes before your test.

Latest information at 11.00 hours is that tests up to this time at Morden, Sutton & Tolworth have been cancelled. As the situation can change quickly please call the DSA.

DSA cutomer services is exoeriencing a large volume of calls and you may find it difficult to get through. You can still check or change your driving test on their website: Driving Standards Agency


Ask the Instructor

Maybe your thinking about taking driving lessons and have a question or two you want answered? Perhaps you’ve started lessons, got home and a question has just come to mind? Well don’t wait and risk forgetting what the question was! Here you can post your questions to our expert fully qualified DSA approved driving instructors.

Whats on your mind?

Exceptionally helpful

“I started learning with Blakes in at the end of March 2010. From my initial contact with the Office to book my first lessons, to being placed with Kate my instructor, and through to taking my test, I found the entire learning experience tailored to my needs and with the emphasis of the entire time being on me and ensuring that my skills were developed to a level to enable me to pass my practical test.

The office were always exceptionally helpful when I needed to contact them, and my instructor Kate was absolutely brilliant from start to finish with so many helpful tips that helped develop my skills in all areas of my driving.

Everytime I have been asked by friends or colleagues if I know of any good driving schools I have happily recommended Blakes to them and passed on the contact number I have for them and would strongly recommend Blakes to anyone looking to start learning to drive or for a reliable driving school for their children to start learning with.”  Jim Rogers North Cheam

Welcome ADI Barry

The Blake’s team would like to extend a warm and friendly welcome to ADI Barry Halls. Driving a new shape Peugeot 207 Monoco Barry is able to share his many years of expert teaching techniques with pupils in Fulham, Chelsea, Battersea, Richmond, Sheen, Clapham, Mortlake and the surrounding areas.

With a calm approach Barry makes sure his pupils feel comfortable and his attention to detail ensures everyone gets a structured driving course to suit their needs. If you want to learn to drive with Barry, call us today on 08456 44 81 44

Driving Test Changes Independent Driving

From the 4th of October this year, the DSA is introducing a new independent driving element to the practical driving test.
This will last for approximately 10 minutes and require the pupil to make decision for themselves. It will involve following a series of verbal directions, traffic signs or both and is meant to reflect ‘real driving’.

Here are some questions with answers provided by Rosemary Thew Chief Executive of the DSA

Driving Lessons for Morden Girls League

Driving Lessons for Morden Girls League Second Season Sponsorship

Blakes Driving School Morden is happy to support the Morden Girls Football League for a second season. The sponsorship of MGL team Denbar has been renewed and the girls are playing well, winning their last two games.

A driving lesson gift voucher, Highway Code, theory and hazard perception test package was recently donated by Blakes to the league to help in their fundraising efforts. Morden Girls League offer free football to local girls every Saturday at St Georges paying fields in Tudor Drive Morden, just along the road from Morden Driving Test centre.

Blakes first become involved with MGL following an article in the local Morden Guardian newspaper last year. This highlighted a massive increase in pitch hire fees which threatened the leagues ability to provide free football.

Morden Girls League are always keen to talk to local businesses about sponsorship, if you would like more details please use our contact us form and we will pass your details along.