Covid Safe Driving Lessons
Unfortunately due to the recent announcement regarding the COVID-19 lockdown, The DVSA confirm driving lessons and driving tests in England will be suspended until at least 22nd February 2021.
I take the safety of my learner drivers very seriously. The normal safety measures still apply as driving lessons begin to resume such as the use of dual controls, etc. However there continues to be a huge risk of spreading the Coronavirus. Over the lockdown period, the UK has done a fantastic job adhering to the lockdown measures and suppress the virus. the country begins to open up more and from 4th July 2020, driving lessons can resume.
The means there are around 40,000 qualified driving instructors returning to work. Albeit, probably not all at once, however, it means that people from different households who aren’t key workers are going to be sitting approx 1/2 a metre away from each. other in a car for an extended period of time.
There needs to be some mitigating measure put in place to ensure that the risk of spreading and catching the virus is minimised as much as humanly possible. Now I strongly believe that with the measure I put in place using DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) and NASP (National Associations Strategic Partners) guidelines, I can ensure the virus never has to enter my training vehicle.
Here are the steps I will take following the resumption of Covid Safe driving lessons when I return on 6th July 2020.
BEFORE THE LESSON
Approximately 24 hours before your lesson, I will contact you and ask you to answer 2 questions.
1. Have you displayed symptoms of coronavirus in the last 7 days?
2. Have you been in contact with anyone with symptoms or tested positive for coronavirus in the last 7 days?
If the answer to either of these questions is Yes, your driving lesson will not go ahead and you will not be offered another lessons in the following 14 days or until you have recovered.
I will confirm to you whether I have symptoms or been on contact with anyone with symptoms to tested positive.
I will also remind you to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water before leaving your house.
Before arriving for your lesson, I will thoroughly clean all of the touch points around the car using soap and water where possible. If this is not possible, then an approved anti-viral cleaning solution will be used.
MEETING & ENTERING THE VEHICLE
I will meet each learner driver outside the training vehicle at a safe 2 metre distance to conduct the briefing for the lesson. This is to ensure we can spend less time in the vehicle.
We will not shake hands or make any physical contact.
You will be asked to bring along and wear a face covering during your lesson and this must be put on before entering the vehicle. If you have a good enough reason to not wear a face covering, then speak to me before the lesson.
When you enter the vehicle, you MUST sanitise your hands. Santitiser will be provided but you can bring your own if you wish.
The car windows will be opened to ensure a constant stream of fresh air to circulate around the vehicle.
DURING THE LESSON
Any visual aids used throughout the lesson such as books, diagrams, IPad, etc will only be handled by me.
We will only sit forward facing and avoid facing each other when talking.
If during the lesson, there is the need for me to do a demonstration drive, or to touch the controls due to safety concerns, then the car will need to be cleaned again. If I needed to take control of the vehicle, we will stop at the nearest and safest opportunity to clean the touch points. I I did a demo, I will clean the driver and passenger side before we enter the vehicle again.
The wearing of gloves is not encouraged. Gloves are normally used to avoid cross contamination in food settings and health care settings. However, if it makes you more comfortable and there is no issues with controlling the vehicle safely, then you are permitted to use them.
Any lengthy discussions or recaps will be conducted outside of the car where safely practical to do so.
AFTER YOUR LESSON
The lesson debrief will be conducted outside of the vehicle at your drop off point. We will need to arrive at your drop off point 5 minutes before the end of the lesson to conduct the briefing. If the weather dictates that it is unsafe to do so, we will conduct the briefing in the vehicle.
Following your lesson, you MUST take your face covering with you and dispose of appropriately, double bagging before hand along with Public Health guidelines.
Learners will be encourage to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds when they arrive back home after their lesson.
Let us work together to keep ourselves safe which in turn will prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
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