COVID-19 and Driving Lessons
Restarting driving lessons
Following a mandatory risk assessment lessons will now look a little bit different, compared to pre lockdown when COVID-19 changed all our lives.
I have detailed below the changes that will be made, your responsibilities, my responsibilities and a wee bit about driving tests.
If I have symptoms of COVID-19 I will cancel all lessons, until I am fit and have isolated for at least two weeks from the onset of symptoms
If I come into contact with anyone who is tested positive, has symptoms or has been in a high risk area and been told to isolate I will cancel all lessons, for at least two weeks from the dates that I become aware of the contact
If I am contacted by the Track and Trace service I will cooperate fully with them, and supply contact details of all pupils that have been in the car for any period that they ask me for.
I will contact you the day before your lesson to check that you are still ok and fit for the lesson
When we meet for the lesson I will check that you are fit. If you aren’t, or you show symptoms, the lesson will be cancelled and no lesson booked for two weeks.
I will ask you if you have just washed your hands. If you haven’t I will ask you to do so!
Face coverings must be worn for the duration of the lesson. I will ask you to put on your face covering before entering the car. I will put on my face covering before entering the car. Please note visors are not acceptable as they may pose a safety risk in the event of a collision. If you are unable to wear a face covering please call me to discuss. If either of us is feeling really uncomfortable we can have a short break, where we get out of the car and remove face coverings.
Before you get in the car I will sanitise all touch points e.g. steering wheel, hand controls, door handles etc
When you get in the car I will ask you to use hand gel. I will provide this and would encourage you to use it at any point during the lesson if you wish.
If I have to intervene during the lesson e.g. steering correction, putting on indicators, we will stop at the earliest opportunity to sanitise any controls I have touched and we will both use hand gel.
If I need to cough or sneeze I will cover my nose and mouth by sneezing/coughing into my elbow.
I will cooperate fully with Test and Protect should they contact me. All contact details will be passed to them as requested. Please be assured your personal details are properly looked after as per GDPR.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please contact me to cancel the lesson. We can resume when you are well enough and have isolated for at least two weeks from the onset of symptoms
If you come into contact with anyone who is tested positive, has symptoms or has been in a high risk area and been told to isolate please contact me to cancel your lessons. We can resume when you have isolated for at least two weeks from the contact, providing you have no symptoms. For further information please go to this link. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-protect-information-leaflet-2/
THERE WILL BE NO CANCELLATION FEES CHARGED FOR COVID RELATED CANCELLATIONS.
Please make sure you have washed your hands just before you come for your lesson. If that’s not possible (e.g. those of you who meet me in town rather than being picked up from home) please use hand sanitiser. I will ask you to use the hand sanitiser provided when you get in the car.
Face coverings must be worn for the duration of the lesson. Please put on your face covering before getting in the car. You are responsible for providing your own face covering. If it is disposable, please take it away with you. You are responsible for its safe disposal. Visors are not acceptable as they may pose a safety risk in the event of a collision. If you are unable to wear a face covering please discuss this with me before the lesson.If either of us is feeling really uncomfortable we can have a short break, where we get out of the car and remove face coverings.
If you need to cough or sneeze please cover your nose and mouth. Sneezing/coughing into your elbow is the easiest way to do this.
So, in summary, wear a mask, wash your hands and so will I. I know it all seems bit of a nuisance, but it is for all our safety.
If we haven’t met before I will need to carry out an online check of your driving licence before our first lesson, and will need to see your licence on the day. To do that you will need to provide me with your driving licence number, and a check code. You can obtain a check code by following this link
When you have the information you can text or email it to me so I can carry out the check. Don’t forget to bring your licence to the first lesson as I still need to see it, although I won’t need to handle it because the check has already been done.
Prior to lockdown many learners were ready or nearly ready for their test, and several of you had tests booked that were then cancelled by the DVSA. If you have not yet heard from the DVSA they will be in touch in due course. They have a big backlog to catch up on and fewer tests will be conducted each day to allow them time to carry out their own, revised procedures. Please don’t try calling them if you don’t need to. They are receiving huge volumes of calls and you will have problems getting through. We have been told that they will contact people with cancelled tests inviting them to rebook. They are doing this in batches to avoid overwhelming their system.
The test itself has not changed but some of the procedures have so here is a summary.
We will not turn up any more than 5 minutes before the start time
The waiting rooms are closed, although toilets are available on request. If you use the toilet you are expected to clean it before and after use.
You MUST wear a face covering. If that’s not possible you need to discuss this at time of booking. They will not accept it if you try to negotiate it on the day, your test will not go ahead and you will lose your fee.
Your instructor or accompanying driver cannot sit in the test with you
If you make a serious or dangerous error the test will be terminated immediately and you will be directed to return to the test centre by the shortest route. This is to reduce contact, and therefore risk, to the examiner.
You can cancel at short notice if you, or a member of your household, develops symptoms
Here is the link to the Government website. It is worth checking this before your test to ensure nothing has changed