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Website of the Week - Open Road Driver Training

This week’s Website of the Week is Open Road Driver Training for their incredibly informative and feature-rich website. The client has made the most of their online presence through custom forms, practical plug-ins and external links that make it as easy as possible for learner drivers with Open Road to get organised. The website covers all areas of access from booking their lessons to practising for their Theory Tests and more.

Open Road Driver Training is run by Leigh Bliss, an experienced and trusted driving instructor. Leigh makes learning to drive a great experience for her clients with a great instructor attitude and personal characteristics coupled with effective lesson planning. Overall, Open Road just want their students to experience a safe and comfortable environment while learning the skills needed to become a confident driver.

From the moment you land on the website, you will notice the colourful design with its trademark wavy ‘road’ shaped symbol (as seen in the logo) used throughout alongside the colour scheme of red, orange and grey. However, a brilliant design should always come second to praiseworthy functionality and this is exactly what this website brings to the table. This website not only compliments and advertises the company, attracting future clients, it also makes the most of a number of online tools for its existing clients. Including the following:

  • A number of Custom Forms that allow clients to submit inquiries, request a call-back, purchase gift vouchers and even refer a friend
in order to obtain vouchers and half-price lessons!
  • An Instructor
  • and Pupil Private Log-In area on the Driving Instructor Services website. (This allows the scheduling and cancelling of driving lessons.)
  • External links to studying for and taking an online free mock Theory Test
  • External links to the gov.uk website to apply for a Provisional License or to book Theory and Practical Tests online
  • Many external links to companies that offer and information on how to apply for Learner Driver Insurance
  • Links to other useful and official information including the Highway Code and Traffic Signs
  • An interactive, embedded Google Map
  • displaying the location and surrounding area
  • And finally, a Website Feedback Form.

  • As you can see, the website of Open Road Driver Training provides access to everything their students may need in one place. This website is not just a way to attract business but is the heart of the business itself. Anyone looking for a Driving Instructor who comes across this site will immediately be impressed by everything Open Road has made use of.

    There are many ways you can utilise what other websites have to offer to improve your own website. The Toolkit makes it easy for you to embed any plug-in or widget you desire and increase the functionality of your site. It’s worth looking at what related sites have to offer you. You could include anything from an embedded Twitter or Facebook Feed, a Youtube Video or Google Map to a weather widget for your sailing company or a booking facility for your hairdressing site. The possibilities are endless and are just waiting for you to discover what’s out there.

    Open Road Driver Training were very happy with the build process of their website saying:

    “The whole team are incredibly efficient and helpful. My Project Manager, Lanara, was able to explain the various stages simply for a newbie to website building. If she was ever away from the office, other Toolkit staff were always ready and willing to step in to answer queries and keep the build progressing. Thank you so much for all your help.”

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