Getting Ready for a Covid-19 Driving Lesson
What can you expect from a COVID-19 driving lesson?
COVID-19 has impacted a lot of the normal things that we all take for granted. One rite of passage for many young people is learning how to drive. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the second national lockdown, driving lessons in England are suspended until December 2nd 2020. With this in mind, once driving lessons in the UK resume, how will safety restrictions be put in place? Refused Car Finance, a bad credit car finance specialist has put together all you need to know on what you can expect from a COVID-19 driving lesson.
How to safely prepare for your lesson
You can still book driving lessons online now and resume or start your lessons after 2nd December 2020.
Before your driving lesson you will have to confirm to your instructor that you feel well and don’t have any coronavirus symptoms. Most instructors will also then ask if you have had any symptoms in the last 7 days or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus in the last 14 days. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then the driving lesson should not go ahead, and you will be encouraged to rearrange at a later date. This may be frustrating for some learner drivers, but it is always better to be safe than sorry and protect those around you.
Your driving instructor will have fully sanitised the vehicle before you get in and should have used an antibacterial spray or cleaner on all surfaces you will come in contact with e.g., door handles, steering wheel, handbrake, gear stick, indicators and any other controls or touch points you may use.
You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds immediately before leaving for your lesson. You should also then use additional hand sanitiser when you enter the vehicle.
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During your lesson
- Wear a face covering
It is recommended that you wear a face mask or covering which is protective and comfortable. Both pupils and instructor must wear a face covering during driving lessons unless there is a good reason not to. If you are not able to wear a face mask for a particular reason, then you should inform your driving instructor ahead of the lesson.
- Wear suitable clothing
It is also recommended that you wear suitable clothing that covers as much as possible. You could also consider disposable gloves to wear during your lesson.
- Let some air in
Many driving instructors may want to open the windows a little during your lesson. This may not be the best idea when lessons resume in December, however it can be really beneficial to increase ventilation. Pupils should still be able to hear their instructor without shouting so it’s best to use your judgement on this.
- Limit face to face contact with your instructor
It is recommended that the pupil and driving instructor limit the amount of face-to-face contact. This means, when teaching your driving instructor should speak at a normal volume whilst facing forward. This should not be a problem for a pupil as your eyes should be on the road at all times.
After your driving lesson
- Wash your hands
Once you return home, you should immediately wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. This will help protect yourself and your family. You should then also dispose of your face covering and any PPE that you have used during your lesson.
- You may need more lessons than usual
COVID-19 has so far been very unpredictable in 2020. Many learners have had a stop start approach to taking lessons. With this in mind, you may need more lessons than usual, especially if you have had a long break between lessons. When it comes to taking your driving test, you will feel much more confident and prepared if you take additional lessons.
- Use your time to brush up on your theory
If you haven’t yet took your theory test and do find yourself having a break from your driving lessons, it’s great time to brush up on your theory test. If you have already passed your theory test, it’s also a great time to revisit the guidelines and brush up on the rules of the road so you’ll be off to a flying start for your practical driving test.
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