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Thursday, 16 November 2017 / Published in News

The driving test changes in December 2017

The rush to book a test before the changes meant that test booking times are in excess of eight weeks in most areas.

The new test is nothing to worry about, driving is about car control, understanding your environment and interacting safely with other road users. The changes to the test are the use of sat nav in 4 out 5 tests for the independent driving section only.

The manoeuvres are park on the right hand side of the road, reverse two car lengths and drive on. Reversing into a parking bay. Driving forward into a parking bay and reversing out again.

Emergency stop will still be one in three tests

General driving and road procedure will be tested as before.

All tests should include a minimum of one of the following; a set of traffic lights, a pedestrian crossing, a roundabout, a faster road (above 30mph limit), a junction to turn out to the right, a junction to turn out to the left, a junction to turn in from the right, a junction to turn in from the left, crossroads, a potential meeting situation.

Some show and tell questions will be on the move, please see our downloads section for the latest updates of the questions. You will be asked for two. If you do not carry out an on the move question correctly you could fail your test.

Friday, 03 November 2017 / Published in Learner Practice Tips
Thursday, 28 September 2017 / Published in Learner Practice Tips

We are a family owned driving school with a great team of instructors covering NN postcodes and some MK and PE areas.

We run a Saturday morning FREE theory help class, between 9 and 12, you can see the days it is open by following us on Facebook at Centraldt Northants or on Twitter at Centraldt Northants

Our aim is to make your lessons as enjoyable and educational as possible, our instructors are friendly and experienced, they will tailor the lesson to suit your learning style. If you are nervous then we can help to calm your nerves and work at your own pace.

Learning to drive should be fun

Thursday, 21 September 2017 / Published in Learner Practice Tips
Friday, 15 September 2017 / Published in News

A new smart crossing has been developed using the latest technology.

Every year 7000 collisions at crossings are reported, to tackle this problem innovators at Umbrellium have designed a crossing which covers 22 metres of road space, and can hold the weight of vehicles. (more…)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 / Published in Driving

Our trainers travel across the UK helping instructors prepare for their standards check, whether it is their first or their twentieth. At Central we are very proud of our success rate, helping instructors to deliver excellent driver training on one of their most important days and beyond. Our commitment to the driver training industry sees us providing free standards check workshops as part of our contribution to the community. These courses have been found to be invaluable, and many attendees have attributed this to their successful pass.

Previously called the check test, the standards check was revised in 2014, where the grading system changed from 1 to 6, and became A, B or fail. The procedure being the same of three consecutive tests below standard resulting in a fail sees removal of the green badge.

The badge represents livelihood and a career for instructors, to preserve this and to be sure of teaching within a modern, acceptable standard, many ADI’s seek training. Our experience of over thirty years of training has helped many instructors gain a higher grade, or score than previously.

Over recent months we have been called on to help several instructors who have failed the standards check, with advice and training they have turned this result around and gone on to achieve an A grade.

To book training, or to have an informal chat fill in the online enquiry form, or call us on 01933 384504

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 / Published in Driving

Give the gift of a driving lesson and make someone’s day

A special occasion, Christmas or a birthday or just as a surprise.

Learning to drive is a valuable life skill, recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

You can purchase any denomination of voucher, with a personal message included.


Purchasing a voucher allows you to pre-book a first lesson. Christmas is one of our busiest times of year, we are currently booking slots for auto and manual during this time.

Major credit and debit cards accepted. Voucher delivery service available.

Learn to drive from Bedford to Corby and all the villages in between.

Join the thousands of drivers who passed with us since the 1980’s

Male and female instructors

Your lessons – your choice

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 / Published in Learner Practice Tips

Our current offers are available for automatic and manual cars

First manual lesson 1.5 hours £45 – automatic lesson £50

Block bookings, pay for ten and save £2 per hour, which is a huge discount of £20 per block of ten

All our instructors are fully qualified, we use Renault Clios for auto and manual.

FREE theory help every Saturday in Rushden between 9 and 12 – ON HOLD DUE TO COVID

You can book using the on line enquiry form, by email, on Facebook, by phone


We accept all major debit and credit cards


Manual lessons are available in Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Wollaston, Irchester, Raunds, Irthlingborough, Finedon, Wellingborough, Kettering, Burton Latimer,

Automatic lessons are available in Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Burton Latimer, Finedon, Raunds, Stanwick, Cranford,

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 / Published in Learner Practice Tips

Gift vouchers for birthdays and Christmas are now available to buy. You can also pre-book a birthday slot when purchasing a voucher.

Available in any denomination.

Our vouchers are not just for new drivers, but gifts of refresher lessons, motorway lessons, older driver refresher lessons.

To order please use the enquiry form at the top of the home page

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 / Published in Learner Practice Tips

We currently have spaces for intensive driving courses during October

If you have passed your theory test you can book today

Test centres available are Kettering and Bedford

A deposit of £250 secures your course

for more information

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 / Published in Driving

Train to be a driving instructor with Central Driver Training

We have over 30 years experience of training driving instructors.

We offer  part one training, for your theory and hazard perception test face to face or with study materials

Part two training for your individual needs, not just a number of estimated hours

Part three training for the new style part three test being introduced in the Autumn of 2017

Along with training aids, books and support via email, phone and face to face.

You can choose manual or automatic for your training, tests and after you pass.

If you would like to arrange an informal chat please fill in the online enquiry form, call in on a Saturday morning* between 9 and 12 or call us on 01933 384504 no obligation, we are here to answer your questions

We are a family owned school with male and female trainers.

ORDIT registered, which is the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers

A course exclusive of test fees but including full training and sponsorship of a trainee licence if required

£2500.00 competitively priced yet quality guaranteed

We have franchise vacancies available, offering full business support, flexible hours, competitive franchise fees, a Renault Clio fully liveried, free training including standards check training, full office support and diary management.


*Saturday opening hours vary please see our Facebook page for details


Thursday, 27 July 2017 / Published in Learner Practice Tips

Learn to drive in one of our automatic cars.

No gears, no fears.

If changing gear is leaving you cold,  you are not happy with your timing or concentration then why not try an automatic car.  If stalling is getting you down, then maybe automatic is the right choice.

The automatic driving experience means you can enjoy driving while being able to fully concentrate on the road ahead.

If you take a test in an automatic car you cannot drive a manual one after you have passed your practical test. If you decided to take a manual test at a later date, you do not have to do your theory test again.

First lesson is a special offer price of 1.5 hours for £35

We have automatic instructors covering, Rushden, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby and surrounding areas.

Fill in the on line enquiry form or call us on 01933 384504 for more information


Friday, 14 July 2017 / Published in Driving

Well done to the following Jade, Julie, Charlene, Leonie, Eva, Sean, Charley, Paul, Thomas, Amanda

From the team at Central Driver Training


creighton hughes langley Leonie Reeves mccormack nash smith southey spence zbinden

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 / Published in Driving

Do you find one lesson a week isn’t enough? Struggling to fit in with available hours? Would like to fast track your driving licence over one, two or three weeks?

Then an intensive, semi-intensive or combination course would suit you.

It’s ideal for someone who is working and would like to book time off to devote to acquiring a licence. Our instructors are fully qualified and experienced. Intensive courses are available for someone who has never driven or someone who has recently failed a test and everything inbetween.

Male and female instructors available

We have been running our popular one week courses for 30 years, we offer manual and automatic fast pass courses, sometimes called crash courses, although we try to avoid the word crash as that’s not the idea.

Our intensive course tab at the top of the page gives much more information, if you are interested in dates that are available or would like to book please fill in the enquiry form or call 01933 384504