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Yvonne's Behind the Wheel At Last

This pensioner's steering in the right direction

Yvonne Bedford of Bovet Street, Wellington, has overcome a later obstacle in her life by passing her driving test.

The 61-year-old passed at the second time of asking last month. Taking huge pressure off her shoulders

“I didn't think she was going to accomplish it,” she told the Country Gazette.

“It's good that my driving instructor, Peter Chambers, was patient with me.”

The mother-of-four revealed that she tried to learn to drive when she was 27, but time and money commitments cut her lessons short.

Pensioner Has Taunton Driving Lessons

She said: “I feel so free being able to drive.”

Peter said it's a great achievement for Yvonne at her age.

He said: “There was a lot of pressure on her to pass.

“To try and pass a test at 21 is bad enough as it is, but it's a lot more difficult at her age.

“She failed her first test, but when she passed she only got two minors, which is fantastic.

“It shows how a good a driver she is”.

Yvonne drives her husband's car, but says she plans to get her own as soon as possible.

Changes to the Theory Test:

From the 23rd of January 2012 the theory test will be made up of multiple-choice questions which are no longer published in learning materials. The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote.

New official driving and riding theory books were published in September 2011 to help candidates prepare for the test and for life on the road. The new books contain:

The website www.tsoshop.co.uk/dsa should also help with this.

This approach to learning will help candidates to gain a better knowledge and understanding of driving theory which will help them respond correctly to the new, reworded live questions used in the actual test.

AA Buys BSM for £1

The British School of Motoring has been acquired for a nominal sum of £1 by the AA which brings together the UKs two larges driving schools.

BSM has struggled since it was first sold to Aviva in 2005 as part of the insurance giant's purchase of the RAC's breakdown service for £1.1 billion. Aviva then sold it to Arques Industries, a German investment company, in February 2009, only to be resold for £10 million to a management team led by joint managing directors Abu-Haris Shafi and Nikolai Kesting 9 months later. BSM and its 2,100 franchisee driving instructors will be retained as a spate company to the AA Driving School.

The Driving Instructors Association (DIA) Comment:

“It's been clear for some time that BSM wasn't working under the management that bought it from Arques Industries in 2009. The disastrous decision to buy the Fiat 500 as the driving school's exclusive car of choice was symbolic of the lack of understanding the managers had of the driver training market. The Fiat 500 is a great little car, but it's far from ideal for training which any of the BSM instructors could have told the company's bosses before they put pen to paper with the Italian car makers.”