Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to provide driving lessons. However restrictions are now being lifted and we will recommence driving lessons from 6th July 2020. Those students we have already provided tuition to in the past who do not have a driving test booked and those new students who were already booked in prior to the Lockdown will be able to start, subject to following the guidelines given below. Brand new pupils will be allocated spaces after all previous pupils have been booked in.
How will we keep the vehicle safe?
Strict guidelines will be in place as follows:
All students must wash or clean their hands before getting in the car. If this is not possible, I will have some anti-bacterial hand gel available if you haven’t got your own.
Please bring a large bath towel to sit on
Anyone with ANY Covid symptoms or those who have been in contact with anyone showing signs of Covid will not be allowed to take their lesson and must self-isolate as per the government advice. We will not enforce the current 48 hour notice period in this case, but will not do a lesson for you within the following 14 days either. Cancellations for any other reason within 48 hours of the day of the lesson will still be charged for.
The car will be sanitised before every lesson on all possible contact points, using on-the-market products that remove viruses and bacteria.
Ventilation in vehicle - ie windows open whenever possible
Contact between instructor and student will be limited as much as is safely possible. This may, for example, require more frequent use of the dual controls where touching the steering wheel may have been a better option.
We will check with everyone the day before the lesson to ensure you are well, thereby avoiding an unnecessary journey
Items such as mobile phones and keys must be kept on your person and not placed on the dash or in door pockets. Anything else must go in the boot or on the floor behind the drivers seat
If you cannot comply with the above conditions, then lessons will not go ahead.
Wearing of Masks or Coverings
Currently we have no plans to ask that students wear face masks or gloves. However, if a students requests that we wear either or both then we will comply. Any face covering or mask needs to be secure and not interfere with the controls or your ability to drive safely, eg if you wear glasses, please make sure they do not steam up. Please bring your own masks etc.
This advice may change depending on the guidelines we are given by the government.
A couple of further changes we are introducing relate to the length of lessons and payment.
In order to keep the number of contacts per day as low as possible and to allow us to clean the car well between lessons without prolonging the day, when we restart we will only be doing one and a half hour lessons wherever possible and at fixed times, eg 8am, 10am, 12 noon, 2pm & 4 pm (although these times may vary by instructor). Whilst in the short term this may cost more if you’ve only been doing one hour lessons, it should ultimately save money as longer practice time per session should mean fewer lessons. However if this is not possible, please let me know.
As far as payment is concerned, we will prefer a direct bank transfer (or PayPal if you prefer for bulk payments) rather than handling cash, although we realise this is not always possible.
At all times we will follow the guidance from the government, the DVSA and our collective associations. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance. Keep safe and we look forward to helping you ‘Broaden your Horizons’.