Sandi's Driving School

Special Update

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) information

All lessons have been suspended since 23rd March as per Government guidelines. The DVSA have also suspended Theory tests and Driving tests for up to 3 months due to the coronavirus outbreak. At this point in time and for the foreseeable future I am unable to book any lessons but as the situation changes constantly, I will review and start taking bookings when it is safe to do so.

Stay at home. Keep safe.   Read More: Gov.uk

Hello everyone

I hope you, your family and friends are all well.

It is coming up to 3 months since we all have been following Government guidelines and not been able to drive having to stay at home safeguarding everyone’s wellbeing and safety.

As of the moment we driving instructors don't yet have the green light to go back to work. We are anticipating an update to the present guidelines in due course and will start booking lessons when it is safe to do so.

We are estimating that this will be from the 4th July but we don't know yet!

Those of you who have tests booked (two on the 29th June) most likely the DVSA will be moving them again, however if they don't move them to a later date, I am sorry but I have made the decision to ask you to change the dates at least 3 days beforehand. The reason being is that it won't give us enough time to prepare after all this time not being out on the road.

Below you'll find some safety guidelines for you to prepare for when we can go back to having lessons.

Here's How Your Driving Lessons Will

 

This is how a typical

 

on the day of your driving lesson

your instructor will call or text you, asking if you or anyone in your household has been having any symptoms of COVID-19 within the last seven days – or have been in contact with someone who has within the last 14 days.

If you have, your lesson will be cancelled. Remember, even if you feel fine, you could be one of the many people who don’t show any symptoms (it takes a few days from infection to showing symptoms), and by continuing with a lesson, you could endanger your instructor’s life and others.

 

what to do before your driving lesson

if you’re given the all-clear for the lesson to go ahead, your instructor will advise you to do the following:

Wear clothing that covers as much of your body as possible, including your arms and legs. You should also wrap up warm during cold spells as the windows will most likely be open during the lesson to improve ventilation.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds immediately before leaving your home for your lesson.

• Wear disposable gloves if you wish to – but only put them on just before getting into the car.

• Meet the instructor by the car itself, and not by your front door. Temperature checks will be made with an IR Digital non-touch on forehead to ensure safety.

Expect the instructor to chat with you before you’re allowed to get in the car; this is an opportunity for them to check that you are not displaying any symptoms, and to also check you have washed your hands (or have brought hand sanitiser with you).

• Expect the instructor to have this chat with you at the beginning of each and every lesson. If the instructor is not 100% happy, they will cancel your lesson on the spot. Please don’t take it personally – they are just trying to keep everyone safe.

• If you are a new client, you will be asked to hold up your provisional driving licence so the instructor can check it there and then.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Your instructor is responsible to ensure key surfaces inside and outside the car have been cleansed and sanitised. These include:

·        internal and external door handle

·        windows and mirror controls

·        seat and head restraints

·        seatbelt and its connection

·        gear lever and parking brake

·        steering wheel and indicators stalks

·        car keys and training material

 

Change as the Lockdown is Eased

 

lesson will look like:

 

what to do during your driving lesson

To reduce risk during the lesson, your instructor will:

• Hold up any visual aids or training resources, instead of passing them between the two of you.

• Ensure neither of you face each other directly when talking about scenarios; remaining face forward is the safest option when a 2-metre gap between two people cannot be maintained.

• Make sure no devices are shared such as pens with the instructor giving any brief notes digitally via text or email where possible.

• Wipe down the car’s controls if and when the instructor has completed giving you a demonstration drive.

• Ask you to make any payments electronically, and not in cash, where possible.

 

 

what to do after your driving lesson

As you depart, remember not to shake hands and once you’re back home, do wash your hands as soon as possible. You may also wish to wash the clothes you wore during your lesson immediately.

 

 

what about personal protective equipment?

Your instructor may provide disposable gloves as part of their service – so do tell them if you have an allergy to latex before the lesson.

At this point in time face coverings are advised but as per the GOV announcement they will be required by law from the 15th June, face covering/mask wearing in the car is compulsory as it is considered a public work place, you must wear one to and through the duration of your lesson. If you don’t bring one your instructor will offer you one at a cost.

 

 

Your instructor is advised by the AA to a wear FFP2 or N95 grade masks.

 

 

 

Your instructor will have alcohol-based hand gel ready and will ask you to sanitise your hands before entering the vehicle and at any time they see necessary

Also, should your temperature show more than the normal levels your lesson will not go ahead.

 

 

If you are not happy with any of the above your lesson won’t be going ahead but will still be charged except if you look unwell or/and are showing any symptoms.

DVSA update

All driving Tests have been suspended for 3 months since the 20th March.

From Monday 1st June Theory Tests have been rescheduled up to and including 21st June although may change due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

They are preparing test centres for a safe return to testing for all candidates. Social distancing measures are being put in place.

They will update us with a start date for England as soon as they are able.

 

What DVSA are doing
They are emailing anyone with a test booked up to and including 21 June in Scotland and Wales to let them know it has been rescheduled.

They are emailing candidates in England with a test booked from the 1 June to let them know it has been rescheduled.

 

Emergency theory tests
An emergency theory testing service will still be available to those who have a critical need to take a test, such as NHS and social care workers.

Please do not call the customer service centre as they will not be able to help. Stay up to date on the latest information on GOV.UK.

They continue to monitor the situation and will let us know if they need to cancel any more tests.

 

Be prepared to find safety measures already seen in shops like social distancing and sanitising of hands in place when you next go to your local theory and driving test centres

 

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Driving lessons

Driver, rider and vocational trainers should continue to limit instruction to key workers preparing for an essential test.

The industry has been provided with advice on this in April and further information will be provided about broader training as soon as possible.

 

Emergency driving tests

You cannot currently book a new

driving test.

When driving tests start again, people who had their test cancelled will be given priority. This means you’ll have to wait longer than usual.

You can apply for an emergency test if you’re 

classed as a critical worker  GOV.UK.

 This includes if you work in:

·        health and social care

·        education and childcare

·        key public services

·        food and other necessary goods

·        local and national government

The Government are acutely aware of the challenges faced by all driving instructors and the demand from pupils to resume lessons however, as strict social distancing measures are still in place, they are not comfortable bringing this date forward at this point.
Therefore lessons and tests are still only permitted for Critical Workers.
We have been advised that pupils being taken for private practice may not be perceived as an essential journey. However, if combined with travelling to or from work or for outdoor exercise then it might be permitted avoiding any kind of incident which may require the assistance of the emergency bodies ie:. Police, ambulance or breakdown services 
 

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Sandi's Driving School is committed to uphold the guidelines put forward by the government/health ministers and shall endeavour to maintain a safe environment for all.

Currently restrictions are in place but there is the potential of returning to a ‘wider level of training’ at the beginning of July, the 4th is the date that has been mentioned for 'hairdressers' etc... as the lockdown eases for other sectors and professions, we're expecting our industry to be included too.

 

However, do bear in mind that the July date for lessons resuming is subject to change depending on the latest government advice and the R number coming down nationally and locally (at the time of writing the R number is actually going up - and we are still in lockdown!).

Keep Alert - Keep Safe

 

Sandi’s Driving School