Considering the current Covid-19 outbreak, we would like to reassure all our pupils that we take the need for safety measures and processes extremely seriously.
The future of driving lessons will change in line with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.
Before, during and after your driving lessons, we strongly recommend the following procedures are adhered to, this will maximise safety and minimise the risk of spreading the disease.
Checklist: Before the Lesson
- If an instructor has symptoms which are related to Covid-19 or has been in contact with any other person whom has symptoms which are related to Covid-19, they will remain quarantined for the current PHE (Public Health England) required duration or have a test to prove they are clear of the condition.
- Disposable gloves, face masks, hand sanitiser, wipes or spray thought effective against the virus and a rubbish bag will be kept in the vehicle.
- Vehicles will be cleaned thoroughly inside between pupils, using a product that is thought effective at killing the virus on regularly touched surfaces e.g. steering wheel and gear stick indicators door handles etc.
- Vehicles will have a rubbish bag in the car for safe storage then disposal of the used antiviral products, gloves and masks.
- Instructors will be practicing a ‘no touch’ policy i.e. not shaking hands to greet or sharing physical visual aids.
- Instructors will remove anything in the car which is difficult to sanitise and could pose a risk to drivers during driving lessons e.g. beaded seat covers.
- Once a week the vehicle should have a deep clean throughout.
Request of the Pupil
- We would ask that any pupil that has had Covid-19 symptoms in the last 7 days or has been in contact with someone who has, notifies the instructor immediately and cancels their lesson. (Cancellation fee will be waived; however, no lesson will be permitted for at least 14 days unless a negative test result is supplied). If the instructor is at anytime unsatisfied with the pupil’s state of health or demeanour, the lesson may be cancelled.
- Pupils must wash their hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds or longer) immediately before leaving the house and uses either hand sanitising gel or gloves on entering the vehicle.
- We request the pupil wear clean clothing which covers up as much of their skin as possible and no open toed footwear.
- The only persons present in the vehicle will be the student and instructor/examiner.
- Pupils will be requested to wear a mask during the whole lesson which is worn prior to entering the vehicle. (Instructors can supply these at a discretionary cost). FACE SHIELDS MUST NEVER BE WORN DURING DRIVING LESSONS due to potential shattering if airbag was to deploy.
- The pupil may be asked for their driving licence code and NI number to allow he licence to be checked prior to the lesson.
- All personal items should be stored away in rear of the vehicle in a disposable plastic bag.
Checklist: During the Lesson
- Confirm that student agrees and understand terms of lesson.
- Windows will be wound down as low as is reasonable to allow for ventilation. Please be aware that warmer clothes may be required.
- Progress cards will be filled out, whist instructor is wearing a fresh pair of gloves.
- Try to avoid directly facing each other when talking.
- If a demonstration is required by the instructor, then before swapping positions, the driver seat area and all contact areas will be cleaned using a product that is thought effective at killing the virus.
- Make sure, all pupils personal belongings are stored in a new plastic bag in the rear of the vehicle and returned at the end of the lesson in said bag.
Checklist: After the Lesson
- All disposables will be removed safely and placed straight into a rubbish bag, which in turn, will be disposed of at the earliest opportunity.
- Vehicles will be cleaned using a product that is thought effective at killing the virus.
- Pupils will be prompted to wash their hands thoroughly at the next available opportunity.
- Instructors will wash their own hands with hand sanitiser.
N.B. All guidelines are subject to change following government recommendations.