How we make them 'COVID secure'
Driving lessons - the 'new normal'
Coronavirus is not going away anytime soon. It's going to be a risk to our health for the foreseeable future.
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 or concerns after you've read this article, ask away.
Reasons NOT to resume or begin your driving lessons
Before I explain how your 'new normal' driving lessons are going to look I want to emphasise that you shouldn't re-start (or begin) having driving lessons if you don't feel up to it.
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. Help is available if you feel you need it.
Before your first lesson after the lockdown
Before every driving lesson
Before every lesson I will send you a text before I arrive. I'll ask these questions:
- Have you had any of the symptoms of coronavirus in the last seven days or been told to self isolate?
- At any time during the last 14 days have you been in contact with someone who has any of the symptoms of coronavirus?
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 no cost to you.
If you start to feel unwell after you've answered the questions you should let me know straightaway. Even if you feel unwell just before the lesson is due to start we can rearrange it.
If you do have to cancel a lesson at short notice because you're unwell, you will not be charged.
I will inform you if I suspect I or anyone in my household have:
- been exposed to a serious risk of contracting COVID-19 or
- tested positive for COVID-19 (we all take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week) or
- exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 infection or
- been advised to self-isolate.
At the beginning of your driving lesson
Before 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 required.
During your driving lesson
During your driving lesson the windows of the car will always be open. So bear that in mind when choosing what to wear!
If you want to wear a mask you might find that it takes a little time to get used to wearing it when you’re driving. If you feel hot or uncomfortable let me know and we’ll stop and take a break outside the car. Water will be provided.
Please don't bring your own water, food or anything else that you don't really need to have with you.
The measures I've described above will help you to learn to drive in as safe an environment as possible.
If you have any questions, concerns or worries please don't hesitate to get in touch.