The AA has acquired its rival BSM (The British School Of Motoring) for a reported nominal fee of £1 following BSM’s move into administration.

The deal, which saw the AA purchase BSM within minutes of BSM going into administration, brings the UK’s 2 largest driving schools under the one roof of parent company Acromas, who also own SAGA.

BSM has been in operation for over 100 years but has struggled in recent years following a £10 million management buyout in November 2009.

BSM has 2,100 fanchised driving instructors and employs around 280 people across the UK, many of which provide instructor support and take learner driver bookings.

Acromas confirmed that it would keep BSM as a seperate company to the AA Driving School, which has around 1,900 driving instructors.

It also confirmed that it would be business as usual for pupils learning to driver with either BSM or the AA.

The AA has found that many driving instructors are now re-routing their driving lessons due to the 1.5 million potholes on the UK’s roads.

Crumbling road surfaces and holes are making work extremely difficult for the UK’s driving instructors with tyre blow outs often forcing instructors to grab the wheel from pupils.

AA president, Edmund King, said: “The fabric of our local roads is a major cause for concern with surfaces crumbling and drivers at risk of damage to their vehicles and even themselves. Ultimately we all pay more through patching and mending, and then paying out compensation rather than fixing the underlying poor condition of many of our roads”.

King continued, “All drivers should take care – an innocuous looking puddle may actually be a deep pothole. By training new drivers to anticipate and deal with these obstacles we will make our roads safer, preventing accidents and damage to you and your car”.

The AA driving school are teaching special techniques so learner drivers can deal with the increasing number of potholes.