How we make them 'COVID secure'
Coronavirus may be a milder illness than it was but it's still a significant risk to the health of many people, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
So we need to take steps to minimise the health risks associated with sharing a car. By taking a few simple precautions we can greatly reduce the chances of catching or transmitting coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
The guidance set out below explains what we will do. It is unaffected by the changes announced on 21st February 2022 to Government advice regarding self isolation etc.
Before every driving lesson
If you answer 'yes' to either of the two questions below, (or someone in your household is shielding), your lesson cannot go ahead even if you are not required to self isolate by current coronavirus rules.
- Have you had any of the symptoms of coronavirus in the last seven days?
- At any time during the last seven days have you been in close contact with someone who has any of the symptoms of coronavirus or is awaiting the result of a test?
If you feel unwell in any way (even if you think it's just a cold) we'll rearrange your lesson at no cost to you.
You won't be charged if you cancel because you're ill, even if you need to cancel just before the lesson is due to start (but please try to give as much notice as possible).
Consider taking a lateral flow test before your driving lesson. You get the result in 30 minutes and it could prevent you passing the virus onto me and my other customers, even if you don't have symptoms.
I have been double vaccinated and I've had a booster. I carry out regular lateral flow tests.
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!
Wearing of masks during driving lessons is optional. You may wear one if you wish and I will wear a mask if you wear one or you would like me to wear one.
Please don't bring your own water, (I carry water in the car), 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.