Driving lessons – post lockdown

Coronavirus is not going away anytime soon. It's going to be a risk to our health until a vaccine is developed, if it ever is.

As it's impossible to 'socially distance' ourselves when we share a car we have to reduce the risk of catching or transmitting the virus in other ways. It's important to take these precautions seriously - your health and the health of your loved ones could depend on it.

If you have any questions after you've read this article and watched the video, ask away.


Reasons NOT to resume your driving lessons

Before I explain how your driving lessons are going to look from now on I want to say that you don't have to start your lessons again just yet. The last few months have been a difficult and stressful time for everybody, especially people who have been ill or know someone who has been ill. If you feel anxious about taking driving lessons or anxious or worried in general, it's perfectly ok to wait until you feel better before resuming your driving lessons.

Before your first lesson after the lockdown

Please pay for your lesson by bank transfer 24 hours or more in advance. I can't accept cash on the day for health and safety reasons.

Even if I have tested your eyesight in the past, I'll need to check your eyesight again. Just to make sure you still meet the required standard.

Before every driving lesson

Before every lesson I will call or send you a text before I arrive. I'll ask these questions:

  1. Are you feeling well? Do you have any symptoms of coronavirus?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has - or thinks they may have - coronavius (COVID-19)?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'yes' (or someone in your household is shielding) your lesson cannot go ahead. It will be rearranged.

At the beginning of your driving lesson

When I get to the place where I'm picking you up, I will clean all the contact surfaces of the car (steering wheel, indicators, handbrake, keys etc) before your lesson begins. So you be assured that the car is as clean as it possibly can be.

We'll meet outside the car - don't get in straightaway.

I'll check that you are still feeling well and that you've washed your hands or used sanitiser. Sanitiser will be provided if you've forgotten!

During your driving lesson

During your driving lesson the windows of the car will be open. So bear that in mind when choosing what to wear!

I would like you to wear a face covering - not necessarily a surgical mask - unless you have a medical reason why you can't (e.g., asthma) or if wearing a mask would cause you distress. You may wear gloves if you wish.

It takes a little time to get used to wearing a face covering when you’re driving. But you’ll soon get used to it. If you feel hot or uncomfortable, let me know and we’ll stop and take a break outside the car.

Conclusion

The world has changed since you last had a driving lesson but the measures I've described above will keep us all safe.

If you have any questions, concerns or worries please don't hesitate to get in touch.