Driving lessons - the 'new normal'
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 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:
- Are you feeling well? Do you have any symptoms of coronavirus?
- 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!
Please 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. 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 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.