Swan & Soto Show
Delve into the weekly driving test centre podcast with your very own Swan & Soto! We talk about the hot topics within the learning to drive industry. With many stories, news and funny moments we both share!
info_outline Episode 32 - Can I Get A Driving Instructor In The Next Two Months? 06/14/2021
Episode 32 - Can I Get A Driving Instructor In The Next Two Months? Woohoo, we are back! Soto and I are looking forward to getting stuck into the podcast show and interviewing lots of people over the next few months. We are back with more news, gossip, and just daftness! It has been a long hard year for all driving instructors and of course, not forgetting all learner drivers! Covid is starting to be a thing of the past... we hope! We are all back at work, consoling students who can't get a test date, and celebrating with the students who have been waiting months and months. With the launch of the new podcast show - we thought we would follow suit and see if we can book a driving lesson within the next two months! As reported by the BBC - one student couldn't get a booking before November this year, and that was after trying to call 50 driving instructors with no luck! See how we get on during the show trying to book a lesson in 2 months! We do our first Tik Tok live - be patient with us, it was our first one. With the recent updates from the DVSA we address the impending actions of the DVSA and discuss their actions - are they doing enough? How can you get a test date? Check-in with us to see how you can get a test date? Do the apps really work? Let's find out. We hope you enjoy the show - until next time! Take care!
info_outline Drive A Car legally Without A Driving Licence - No Licence Cars 10/11/2020
Drive A Car legally Without A Driving Licence - No Licence Cars Welcome to this week's podcast show! In this week's show, we discuss your learner driver questions and delve into driving without a licence, passing your test and failing within 5 minutes of each other. In this podcast show: Can I have a black box at the age of 26? Have a listen and see if we can help answer your questions, is the black box available for over 25's and should it be? Should I use P Plates once I pass my driving test? Listen to our debate for the pros and cons of P Plates - get the lowdown and wait for our real-life experiment! Do new drivers really get bullied when using P plates? Can I take a pet with me on the test? We will let you listen to the show to make your own conclusions! Can I drive without passing my driving test? One pupil this week introduced Becky to the world of the Aixam car. Get the lowdown on how to drive without passing your driving test! We hope you enjoy the show - until next time!
info_outline School of Mum and Dad 09/14/2020
School of Mum and Dad Welcome to another edition of the Swan & Soto Show - your favourite learner driver podcast show. Every week we discuss new and exciting topics to help you pass your driving test. In this episode, we answer your burning questions on whether you are allowed to cross your hands on your driving test if you are allowed to let people out of junctions and what happens if you get a flat tyre on your driving test. There are a lot of myths around crossing arms and we discuss the real truths behind these myths. Listen to our show to understand why crossing your arms isn't a fail on a driving test but why we still discourage it. We also discuss why being kind behind the wheel may help you fail your driving test! Why flashing others is frowned upon and what to do if someone else is being kind and lets you go! Do you fail your driving test if your tyre blows when out on a drive? Listen to this episode to discover what happens and why it may be important to have some taxi money with you - just in case...or at least your bus fare home! W also delve into the 'school of mum and dad' and how to assess which parent would be best to teach you with lots of tips and tricks to make the most out of private practice. The DVSA state a learner should have approximately 20 hours of private practice and with the current pandemic, we give you our best tips to help you with your training. Enjoy our podcast show - coming up in future episodes we discuss how you can drive a car on your own without a driving licence and discuss everything about intensive driving courses. Be sure to tune into our future shows and remember you can find us on Tik Tok where you will find even more tips to help you pass your driving test.
info_outline Will I Be Using The Examiner's car For My Driving Test? Driving Test Tips 09/06/2020
Will I Be Using The Examiner's car For My Driving Test? Driving Test Tips In this episode, we answer some of your questions to help you pass your driving test on the first go. In this episode, you will have stories and answers to some of the most common questions asked by learner drivers. These are: Will I be using the examiner's car fo my driving test? Can I learn to drive in flip flops? Can I fail my test for the show me tell me questions? Listen to Swan and Soto discuss their experiences, share their stories and give answers to some of your questions. Learning to drive is a very hard thing to do. Getting ahead with your training is paramount for your success when it comes to being able to pass your driving test. Our 'pass your driving test' podcast series will help you prepare for the big day and help answers some of your burning questions. Also in this episode. What to expect with the new coronavirus changes to the driving test, and why steamed glasses is NOT a reason not to wear a face mask. Why nailing the observations on your reverse park is a super important and how to know when not to be perfect on your exam. During this episode, we also give information on our new tik tok adventure so get ahead and online and follow us! We hope you enjoy this podcast show.
info_outline The Death Of The Manual Car 07/13/2020
The Death Of The Manual Car Welcome to another edition of our learner driver podcast show. As promised we like to keep things topical and educate you on current trends and new advances in this sector. In this episode, we will be talking with Rob Cooling a driving instructor from Nottingham who is an avid electric vehicle owner and teaches his learner drivers in an electric vehicle. Rob gives us a really good insight into what it means to own a new electric vehicle and the savings that come with electric vehicles. Based in Nottingham - he delves into how the infrastructure of charging an electric vehicle can be overcome for people that aren't able to have home charging points. How to plan your trips and he discusses the advancement in technology. 10 years ago, a 100-mile trip would need an hour charging time and nowadays, this is now done in 10 minutes or less. He discusses advancement in technology with the installation of lampost charging for people without home charging capabilities. He also references the savings he makes on purchasing a new electric vehicle and how he off-sets this against the cost of the car. He explains his road map to ownership and his ability to own his car for a lot longer than he would normally do with a fossil fuel car. Rob continues to inform us of the depreciation value of an old electric vehicle - losing 50% of its value in the first year. When electric vehicles first come out fear-mongering lead to the depreciation value the second-hand car price. Over time this has balanced out and nowadays a second-hand EV car can actually sell for more than a brand new one. Rob continues to explain that the rise in sales of electric vehicles is at a whopping 300% and this is not slowing down anytime soon. Waiting lists for EV vehicles are really high - he is on an 8-month waiting list for his new electric vehicle purchase. However, if you wanted to pay more for a car than you do have the option of buying now. An app that can help where the charging network is and how you can plan where you are going to stop and have a back-up plan at service breaks, especially if you go on a long journey. Rob continues to explain the Government's investment into EV charging and with private companies and the fast expansion of EV charging points. All of the cars are automatic and the gearbox is redundant. All the new tech bypasses this problem so gears are no longer needed. All-electric vehicles do have a gear - but there is no clutch. The manual car will not survive the next decade and the manual car production will seize in the next 5 years. During this episode, we also discuss the changes to the driving test due to the current pandemic and what the learner driver can face as a consequence. These include: Not allowed in the test centres No instructor allowed on a driving test The compulsory wearing of a face mask The test centre toilets are closed No small talk on driving tests Track and trace compliance Windows during the test where possible The ending of the test once a serious fault has been committed. We hope you enjoy this episode and please leave a review to help us bring this content to you in the future. Swan and Soto x
info_outline The Closure of Local Driving Test Centres 07/05/2020
The Closure of Local Driving Test Centres Thank you for joining us for another episode of the learner driver podcast show - with Swan and Soto! In this episode we will be discussing the following: Regional lockdowns The closure of local test centres The sad news that a fellow ADI took their own life Discussing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic How we want to get back to work Different learning styles of learner drivers We have a chat about life in lockdown and the mental and emotional impact it has on everyone, driving instructors and of course learner drivers. We discuss the impending release of our online course of 'pass your driving test' the first time! And we get to grips with the impending rush back to work! Please leave a review and watch out for our next episode with Swan & Soto!
info_outline How will driving lessons affect you during the worldwide pandemic? 05/21/2020
How will driving lessons affect you during the worldwide pandemic? Thank you for joining us on our weekly podcast show. Today we are chatting about coronavirus, driving lessons and returning back to work! Socially distanced podcast recording - 60 miles apart, don't you just love technology! Listen to us whinging about the lockdown, teaching keyworkers and putting on lots of weight. We discuss what groups are keyworkers which are: Childcare workers NHS staff The local and national government Utilities Telecommunications Supermarkets - food and other necessary goods Supply chains - food and technology Public safety and public security Banking and financial We discuss the cancellations of driving tests in June and try to fathom what the DVSA will do with regards to driving lessons prior to testing. We discuss the communications with the DVSA, cancellations of driving instructor's franchise and lease finances with car services and products. We discuss how the fuel is at its lowest and give you guidance on how to cancel your driving test. We discuss the impending test waiting times and try to predict how long the waiting times will be. Summer students will get priority if they have a current test appointment. We discuss how pupil's theory certificate expires and won't be able to get an extension on their driving licence. We debate how unfair it is, but the DVSA won't extend the theory test but will extend MOT's on cars. We chat about what we have done to keep ourselves busy during the lockdown - rivetting instructor stuff! We discuss private lessons with mum and dad and how to keep calm and to privately record the comments of mum and dad when out learning! We want their pearls of wisdom! We chat about how to apply for a keyworker test and whether you can have driving lessons prior to having a driving test booked. What kind of learner insurance can a learner get and what type of insurance is needed and what your options are! We discuss whether parents will allow their pupils to go to school - and what our thoughts are! We discuss the positives of the pandemic and what people will start being appreciative of! We are hopeful to be back at work in July - we will keep you posted. We hope you enjoy this show - please leave a like and a comment and look forward to our next
info_outline Road Rage - Abuse 02/23/2020
Road Rage - Abuse Hi and welcome to our learner driver podcast show - we thank you for listening and hope you enjoy the show. We discuss our website and how learner drivers can get hold of news, information, fun and lots of interviews from professionals and of course learner drivers. Please let us know what you would like us to chat about - give us an email at . Also in this episode, we discuss the 39 million drivers in the UK and whether we have had our heyday! How many more learners can learn! In this episode, we discuss road rage and how learners are affected during their driving lessons. We share our stories and discuss our insights into life on the road. We discuss what not to block when driving and of course learning to drive. In today's podcast, we interview a lovely driving instructor called Rebecca Radbourne. She shares her stories and why she started an online campaign. Our interview: Rebecca (Norwich) on a driving lesson and was about to do his driving test and was going through some traffic lights when a car decided to drive straight through a red traffic light. The situation was scary and the driver of the car was prosecuted. The driver would have got a fixed penalty fine or an awareness course. Rebecca discusses how you should keep any footage for the police and wait to share on social media. Driving instructors are not covered under the zero-tolerance law and how other industries are covered. Rebecca wants to bring this into the eyes of the government and bring our industry into line with other sectors. The no abuse stickers for driving instructors can get stickers on the group please visit our website. We discuss how the volume of traffic has increased over the years and why this has increased and whether this is why there is an increase in road rage! We also discuss car parks where you are not allowed to practice the bay park and share our stories of what happens on the driving lessons. Share the stories of your road rage incidents on driving lessons. Stories of other driving instructors on driving lessons. Please like, and share this podcast and leave a review on our itunes podcast show! Until next week Swan & Soto! x
info_outline Brexit Special Ep 22 02/03/2020
Brexit Special Ep 22 In this episode, we discuss car accidents before driving tests and cancelled tests due to fog! Winter barbecues and snow in the UK! And the big 'divorce' Brexit! Introduction We chat about our delayed Brexit special episode - due to the delayed Brexit - thanks, Boris! We discuss the changes to the driving licence in the UK and point you in the right direction! What type of licence you'll need when travelling abroad! Every country has their own legislations - so you'll need to check your licence when you drive abroad - now that the FREE movement is being banned. You'll need to check your driving insurance also! Make sure that you have the right IDP (international driver's permit) for that country. You'll also need to check that you have the correct duration for your trip as they vary in length. You may need 3 different permits if you are travelling to different countries! At the moment international drivers have 12 months to drive in the UK under the current laws. Visit our website: for articles and links to content! There will be changes in Ireland. IDP 1949 after 12 months of being in the country. Soto discusses his licence and asks whether I still have mine - no, Soto I do not! Introduction to our episode. Brexit Special If you currently have a UK licence but currently live in an EU country you can't expect to use an IDP for living in that country. You should aim to exchange your UK licence for a local one where this applies. One thing for sure - it is very confusing, so you'll need to make sure you have researched yet! We do NOT know yet what the deals are - so please keep checking the details of your local country. Learning to drive in Europe Black market driving licences abroad - to be careful. Who has the safest roads in the world? Per billion miles driven - Sweden has the safest roads in the World - and the UK comes second to Sweden. Per million inhabitants in Europe - Norway has the safest roads. UK comes 4! Learning to drive in France The driving schools are controlled by the government! They can't control their own prices. The government sets the prices and conditions of the school. To learn to drive in France you need to apply to the school in question and become a member of the driving school. They have a compulsory 20 hours of training signed off - by the driving instructor. As it's not commercial (AKA like the UK) there are no bending the rules. Driving instructors tend to be more well-off in France. They also state 40 hours is needed to pass the driving test. But not everyone can afford 40 hours, or they live in a remote part of France and can't travel to their local driving school. To help the youngsters - the government introduced a lesson loan system. The pupil pays 1 euro a lesson to have a lesson which helps people in rural communities get licensed and therefore get on the road to find jobs and pay taxes. Another scheme they have to help is to allow the pupil to have private practice with mum and dad! Parent's have to have training with the driving instructor before being allowed out with learner drivers. Would this work in the UK? Learning to Drive in Europe There are lots of different rules across Europe. With some countries having a minimum hour of training in the classroom. In Germany you need to have 12 compulsory 'special lessons': 3 hours of night driving 5 hours of country lanes 4 hours on the autobahn Private practice is banned in Germany. You need to have driving lessons with a driving instructor. In Spain, the driving test is a 'group' driving test. The examiner will go out with 2-3 pupils and all take turns to drive for approx 20 mins each. In Sweden, you can ONLY do private practice with someone over the age of 24 who has 5 years of driving experience, unlike the UK which is 21 years old and 3 years minimum driving. In Norway, it recommends getting a UK licence as their licence is one of the hardest to get in the world! (blog) We also have one of our prank calls with the lovely Barbara! We hope you enjoy this prank call with Barbara! Until next time x
info_outline How to fail your driving tests! ep 21 10/07/2019
How to fail your driving tests! ep 21 Hi and welcome to another show with Swan and Soto - in this episode we discuss getting old and how to not sing Happ Birthday (the normal rubbish and banter we always do!) In this episode, we also chat about botox - why I wear sunglasses in the winter and looking much younger than I actually am! We also chat about theory test struggles and how to pass your . How a learner driver struggled to pass his theory test. He kept failing the questions by 3-4 marks. The hazard perception part was fine, however - after a few attempts, he was passing the theory questions but not the hazard perception test. He became so familiar with where the hazards were he was clicking the mouse toe early! Is it possible to become too familiar with hazard perception clips on multiple clips? James interview Do the DVSA recycle their hazard perception clips? Wait to find out... Soto is collecting L plates on his car and wants to be more visible! Do people actually talk about failing a test online! Why? We all celebrate passes (rightly so) but, fails - it is a learning curve! Failed his test a test for not stopping at the 'wait here' sign at roadworks traffic lights. Soto had a 'passer' on his 4th attempt - now can get on with his life! We all have failed and passes! Let's talk about the 'pheasant fail' - how a pupil did an emergency stop for a pheasant! Highway code states you MUST have your hands on the steering wheel at all times! Unless stationary in traffic! Soto's pupil believes he failed already and then goes onto fail for taking his hands off the wheel! We discuss our test fails in detail! Especially no entry signs on country lanes! Not making progress on country lanes and how my student diverted his direction due to not liking a road! We also chat about driving examiner's language on the driving test and how you can fail for the show me tell me questions! "When it safe to do so, can you show me how you would..." People do ask: Can you fail for the show me tell me questions?" Technically no, but the one on the move you could! Practice adjusting the lights, the fog lights, the demisters and of course the washer wipers when on your driving lessons so that you can become familiar with using them on the move! Soto's pupil asks about a 'no overtaking roadsign' believing that the pupil thought red cars can't overtake black cars! Some of the things that we have coming up! Prank calls Intensive courses Lot more blogging and pictures See you next week! Thanks for supporting us!
info_outline Mash Up of the previous 10 episodes! Ep. 20 09/16/2019
Mash Up of the previous 10 episodes! Ep. 20 Thank you for joining our podcast show today! Our show is a compilation of our previous 10 shows! Jokes: from the 'internet'. What do two yellow lines on the curb mean? Does Soto know this answer???? Disabled drivers are not allowed to park on the curb when the yellow lines go up onto the curb! Soto shares his car parking ticket story! We give you hints and tips and help you know how to get out of parking tickets! We discuss how automatic cars have a lower driving test pass rate over manual cars. We the UK become automatic ONLY? We discuss how the market changes! Should driving lessons be recorded? Due to allegations against driving instructors on driving lessons? We have a look from the male perspective as to what it is like on a driving lesson. We interview 'quit your bitching' driving school name! He states about how people moan about learners on the road. "You were a learner once!" He even has a tattoo on his arm! We discuss the biggest speeding fine in the UK! One million pounds speeding fine of the largest speeding ticket in the world! From Sweden. Driving lessons in a limousine! With Ricky the wonderful driving instructor! You are in for a real treat! Please leave us a review and help us share this show! Until next time! Swan & Soto show x
info_outline Fraudulent Driving Instructors Ep. 19 08/06/2019
Fraudulent Driving Instructors Ep. 19 Thank you for joining us this in this episode. In today's episode, we discuss fraudulent driving instructors and how to spot them! A video went viral on Facebook! What should pupils be aware of? Ho can learners check that their driving instructor is legit! There are two types of driving instructor! PDI and ADI PDI is a driving instructor in training ADI is a fully qualified driving instructor If your driving instructor has no badge in their car's window - then you should steer clear. Ask where their badge is. What are the implications of having driving lessons with an 'instructor' who isn't qualified? Insurance is invalidated. The badge enables the instructor to take payment for the lesson. Visit the DVSA website for more details. 889 cases of fraudulent tests recorded of driving tests being sat by other people. 500% increase. Sometimes the pupil's picture is NOT showcasing the pupil's real identity as licences are taken when students are very young. The examiners didn't question the pupil's image on his driving licence and took him out on their driving test. Is the system in place actually working? Teenagers lose weight, gain weight, change their hairstyles - what are the DVSA actually doing to resolve this situation. Should the DVSA stop taking pictures from passports? In this show we also prank the lovely driving instructor called Ricky - who was featured in 'the all-star driving school' and Soto pretends to be a famous Cypriot singer student who is famous and needs to have driving lessons in a limousine! And, he completely fell for it! We also discuss teaching daughter's to drive! Mum and dad driving school! Stay tuned for the journey of my daughter's driving lessons and how I get on with being her mum! Until next time, thanks for listening! x
info_outline Special Guest Dave! Funniest Driving School In UK ep: 18 Part 2! 07/10/2019
Special Guest Dave! Funniest Driving School In UK ep: 18 Part 2! Thank you for joining us this week on the Swan And Soto Show! The learner driving podcast show! In this episode, we discuss the best driving school in the UK! We also share the show with the lovely driving instructor Dave! Our quiz commences Driving instructor survival kit! 1 Why do we need a baseball bat? 2 Why do we need a selfie frame! 3 Why you need toilet rolls on a driving lesson! What happens when a driving instructor has an icky belly! 4 Why would we NEED y front pants! (to clear the windscreen) 5 Tin of metallic silver paint! (wreck alloys) 6 Tape measure? (why?) (read a number plate) 7 Whoopy cushion! (break the ice) 8 Finger sign 9 Neon sign? 10 Deodrant! 11 Cow tazer! (emergency stop!!!) 12 Rubber gloves? (change tyre) 13 Slips (business cards) 14 Whistle? (get learner out of bed in the morning) Dave won the quiz! Dave's prank on a driving instructor! "My name is Colin. I hit a pheasant and failed my driving test." Can you get pheasant detector like speed detector's!" "Going on Dragon's Den" Lucky charm's! The law on hitting pheasant's and being able to pick up the bird! We hope that you have enjoyed this show - until next time! Take care Swan & Soto! x
info_outline Guest Dave Part - Driving instructor survival guide Ep. 17 06/12/2019
Guest Dave Part - Driving instructor survival guide Ep. 17 Thank you for joining us in this episode of the Swan & Soto show - the learner driver podcast show! In this episode we have invited Dave (the prank ADI) to join us on a guest special for this show. This is a series of two shows, so please stayed tuned. We discuss life as an instructor - and what it is like to work as an instructor within the industry. Dave shares his insight into life as a new instructor and why he chose to transition into our industry. "It's my office, I want it to be fun!" We discuss fun and games on driving lessons. The 'spot' the idiot game! The no stop game! And also my 6 challenge game - independent driving game. The things we do as driving instructors! We also discuss why it's important to have fun on the driving lessons - and how it relax the student into the lesson. We also discuss cardigan-wearing instructors, and driving instructor survival guide! Competition time between Soto AND Dave game is on! Image 1: Cashpoint machine Image 2: Disguise Image 3: Bible Image 4: Lemon Image 5: Picture of black tape Image 6: Ball of string If you like to find out - what happens next week's show! Who wins Dave or Soto! See you next time! Swan & Soto!
info_outline The Swan & Soto Show Ep. 12 04/03/2019
The Swan & Soto Show Ep. 12 Have you ever been given a parking ticket? Well - you should tune in to the Swan and Soto show and find out how you can get out of your parking ticket and never have to pay full price again! Tune in and listen to Swan & Soto interview Peter from parking fines.org for the inside scoop of what it takes to get out of your parking ticket! Please support us by liking our facebook page, leaving a review on Itunes and emailing us at Swan&sotoshow&gmail.com If you would like your parking fines dealt with, go visit Peter at: Tune into next week show where we chat all about manual and autos! x
info_outline Ep. 10 - Driving Instructor Pranks By Learner Drivers 03/20/2019
Ep. 10 - Driving Instructor Pranks By Learner Drivers Welcome to the 10th podcast show! To celebrate - we are sharing with you some of our highlights over the past 9 weeks! Our podcast compilation shares with you some of our favourite bits of the show. Please let us know which bits were your favourite? Thank you to everyone who has contributed, been interviewed, shared their opinions and of course - reviewed us with 5 stars on iTunes, we hope you enjoy!
info_outline What are the top ten reasons a learner fails a driving test? 03/11/2019
What are the top ten reasons a learner fails a driving test? Hi and welcome to another edition of the Swan & Soto show! In today's podcast show we discuss : The 10 reasons why a learner driver fails their driving test Every year about 1.5 million driving tests are conducted in the UK. With a pass rate of only 47%, many more tests fail than pass. Soto and I wanted to share with you our top reasons for failing a driving test and give you many examples of what a learner may do to get a serious fault in these areas. For a more detailed account please visit our website 10 - Response to road markings (section 17) Landing in a box junction when you are not permitted Double yellow lines Solid white lines Single yellow lines 9 - Control when moving away (section 13) Stall at a roundabout whilst going over the give-way markings (where you end up) Rolling backwards (hill start) 8 - Turning right (section 21) Major to minor turns (cutting corners) Turning right at roundabouts (lane discipline, lane control, judgement) 7 - General road position (section 23) Roundabouts - lane discipline Left and right at t-junctions Go over the centre white line when turning right Major to minor right - cutting corners 6 - Steering (section 12) Mounting the curb, oversteering (back wheels taking a shorter course than the front wheels) Allowing the steering wheel to slip back your hands Under steering - wide in the new road (cause and effect) 5 - Response to traffic lights (section 17) Stopping over the white line (when lights change to red) Going when you had time to stop (when lights change to red) Not going on a green light Slowing unnecessary (inviting the traffic lights to change) 4 - Reverse parking (section 5) Being too wide Go back too far - leaving too much space! (no more than 2 car lengths) Left the car too close to the parked car and need to reverse Clipping the curb 3 - The use of mirrors (section 14) Not looking prior to slowing down Not responding to what you see when speeding up (overtaking vehicles from behind) Not checking mirrors prior to signals (repeat minors add up and become serious/fail) Not checking wing mirrors when pulling around blockages and parked vehicles 2 - Observation moving away (section 13) Not checking blind spots Not checking both blind spots after the emergency stop exercise 1 - Observation at junctions (section 21) Looking well before proceeding out of a junction/roundabout /crossroads Not judging correctly when coming out of a junction/roundabout/crossroads Making someone slow down as a result of emerging too early Being too hesitant Not accelerating enough when you come out a little bit too early (a minor becomes serious) We hope you have found this show useful - please can you share this podcast show with anyone who may find it useful also, and please if you can spare two minutes and leave a review on the platform that you found this podcast, we would be super greatful. Until next time, Take care.
info_outline Ep. 8 How do you avoid cows when driving? Instructor Pranks 03/02/2019
Ep. 8 How do you avoid cows when driving? Instructor Pranks Hi and welcome to another edition of the ! In today's show, we are joined by Chris ( a former pupil of Swan)and he shares his journey since he passed his driving test. The good, the bad and the bonuses. Listen and find out how Chris nearly died when he bought his first car and the best bit of passing his driving test! Being able to take full advantage of pizza discounts by being able to take himself to collect the pizza! We are joined by our first guest "joe" (Chris) who has come to prank a driving instructor (DAVE) with his Papa (Soto)! According to Joe, (Chris) he needs some training with cows and how to avoid them on the road - AKA he hit one recently! He has only passed his test 3 months ago! Can you do intensive driving cow training? Why aren't pupils taught to be aware of cows when out on the road? And many more odd questions...keeping it fun, and light-hearted - hopefully you'll enjoy this prank on today's episode. A funny show with a Soto and Swannie quiz! Who comes out on top - and an interview with Chris about life on the road since passing his driving test! Can Chris describe the keywords that Swna and Soto have selected and who comes out on top? Grab a coffee and come join us for some giggles and laughs on our 9th episode! Until next time... Take Care Swan & Soto
info_outline Ep 7 Should older driver's take a new driving test? 02/25/2019
Ep 7 Should older driver's take a new driving test? Welcome to another episode. Just like us, we delve into the world of learner drivers - and discuss hot topics within the industry of road safety. As per usual our goofy introductions always start with weather predictions - hey we are in the UK after all! Should older drivers need a new driving test? In today's show, we discuss whether older drivers should be allowed to continue driving past a certain age, and what can be done to help identify older drivers on the roads post. Should they: Have a driving test at a certain age? Not allowed to drive past a certain age? Should they display badges to encourage patience on the road? What are your thoughts? Does the system work currently? Is there room for improvement? Or does the whole system need an overhaul? You can check out our website at Learners on the motorway Have you ever seen a learner on the motorway? Have you been on the motorway? Should ALL learners have compulsory driving lessons? What are your views? We also discuss Soto's blooming flowers and see whether can continue with not saying the B**** word! Join us every week and share in the shenanigans on road safety and what actually happens at the driving test centre. Until next time, take care. Swan & Soto
info_outline The Learner Driver Podcast Show 02/15/2019
The Learner Driver Podcast Show Welcome to the 6th show our 'valentines special' are you feeling the love this Valentine? Are you needing a few giggles during your week? How about a dose of the Swan and Soto show! During this episode, we shall be catching up with some couples on the Mr Experienced driver - Versus, Mrs New Driver quiz, and share some highlights of our parrot on a driving lesson prank! What gifts have you given to your driving instructor? And, what have you received from your pupils? Funny moments shared at the driving test centre and stories from instructors. Would you enjoy being a part of our show - or do you know anyone who needs to be pranked? Let us know for our future podcast shows!
info_outline Can I Bring My Parrot With Me On My Driving Test? 02/08/2019
Can I Bring My Parrot With Me On My Driving Test? Have you ever wondered what driving instructors chat about at the test centre? Or have you wondered what happens when you are on your driving test? Driving Test Centre Pass Rates During this podcast, Swan & Soto discuss the shenanigans of learner drivers on their driving test - driving test centre pass rates across the UK - and debate whether you should be able to drive barefoot! There is a huge difference between pass rates in London and those in Scotland! Erith driving test centre in London has a very low pass rate of 30%, but if you head north to some driving test centres in Scotland you will find pass rates in their 70's! Be sure to listen to the show to hear our views on the varying test centre pass rates, and why they vary so much. Driving Test Fails We also discuss our pupil's driving test fails. More specifically, our tragic stories! You definitely do NOT want to miss out on how one student failed their driving test for trying to save a bird's life! Our Instructor Prank Calls Also, during this episode - we have pranked a driving instructor called Sulay! Are you really allowed to take a parrot with you on a driving test? Find out what our nervous Nikos has to say!! Please follow us on social media and remember we want your funny comments - please leave your last text message as your review! Of course, 5 stars will only do! Follow us in future podcasts as we set-up our very own "Spot the learner on the motorway!" Finally if you are looking to read about this podcast in more detail please head over to our website at We really love your support, if you could leave us a review on our iTunes platform we would really be super happy - until next week! Take care.
info_outline HPI Checks On Your First Car 02/01/2019
HPI Checks On Your First Car Hi and welcome to this week's podcast show - by Swan & Soto! During this show, we chat about buying a new car! Should you do an HPI check, and do they always come back right? What happens if they don't? Will you get left in the dark? Do HPI Checks Work? In this episode, we share one story of how a pupil bought a car when they passed their driving test and how they soon had the car taken off them by the police! Yes, you heard that right. He got the car taken off him as the car was stolen and wasn't his to buy in the first place. To visit our blog site please click . Listen to our learner driver podcast show to see how we can help you not get caught out when it comes to your first car purchase. For more information please visit our website here: Find out what happened to a pupil when he brought his new car! Spot The Learner On The Motorway Also, SPOT the LEARNER on the motorway! Have you ever seen a learner on the motorway? If you have, we want to hear your stories! Have you ever been on the motorway? On a driving lesson? Did your instructor allow you to go on the motorway? If not, why not? We want to hear your stories - so please do get in touch with us, please visit our website at for more information. We hope that you enjoy this show, and please remember to leave us a review - all feedback welcomed! We want to give you the best service and information when it comes to passing your test and life on the road afterwards! Until next time Swan & Soto x NB Remember to leave a review and 5 stars and copy and paste the last text message from your driving instructor or your pupil! Look forward to next week - as we prank a driving instructor with a parrot!
info_outline Ep # 3- How To Lose Your Driving Licence 01/25/2019
Ep # 3- How To Lose Your Driving Licence Hi and welcome to this week's podcast show. The Swan & Soto show. This week we are discussing The New Driver's Act! The New Driver's Act We discuss the New Driver's Act and what types of points you can get on your driving licence. This includes: Having bald tyres Not stopping at STOP junctions Not having valid car insurance Not having road tax Not complying with traffic signs Not complying with road markings Not complying with traffic lights Not complying with speed limits Not giving the identification of a driver and many many more! For more tips on how to stay safe from points please visit our website at What happens if you don't pay your car insurance? Listen to one pupil's journey after she did just that! Emma lost her licence for not having car insurance. She was a little skint so cancelled the direct debit. Unfortunately, she was caught and lost her driving licence. Two years later she was finally able to get back behind the wheel when she passed her driving test with a clean sheet. Emma shares her story on how it impacted her life and stopped her from progressing in her career. She advises on what to do when it comes to retaking a driving test and getting back behind the wheel! Why a clean sheet is a big deal to driving instructors, and what it means! It is a rare commodity for a driving instructor to get a clean sheet. Personally, I didn't have one for 13 years and then all of a sudden got lots and lots! Passing your test is a special moment, so why not do it in style and be the best there is! We also answer your burning questions on how to pass a driving test in the UK! Please listen, like and comment and share with us your views. We hope you enjoy the show! In next week's show, we are chatting about HPI checks - and ceased cars! Keep tuned! Until next time, take care! Swan & Soto NB: Remember to leave a 5-star review - and copy and paste your last message from your driving instructor or pupil as your review.
info_outline EP #2 Should Cyclists be Insured? 01/18/2019
EP #2 Should Cyclists be Insured? Hi and welcome to the Swan & Soto Show - Driving Test Centre Gossip! During this episode we will discuss our Xmas, driving cancellations, learning to drive in the snow. We will also be discussing should cyclists have training to use the roads? Should they have cyclist insurance and we will also discuss the government's plans to introduce cyclist awareness courses for drivers! We also share our stories on road accidents and why it really is important to inform the police - it really will save your bacon! For more information, you can visit our website for more details and services on offer! ! Join us on this podcast, and please leave a review! Follow us on social media, and don't forget to subscribe! Hope you enjoy!