I hope you and your family are well. As driving lessons are allowed to resume from the 4th July, please find below some revised procedures that we will all need to follow in order to keep us as safe as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
What follows is based upon the DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency) Standard Operating Procedures and guidance from the Health and Safety Executive.
Prior to your driving lesson please let me know if:
· You have had any symptoms of COVID 19, within 7 days.
(The main symptoms of COVID-19 described by the government are (but not exclusively):
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) a loss of taste or smell
· If you know, or have been in contact with anyone who is showing symptoms, within 14 days.
· If anyone you have been in contact with, has travelled from a high-risk, infectious region
Please do not risk a lesson if you are not feeling well. Obviously, I will apply the same criteria to myself and will cancel the lesson if I, or anyone I am in contact with, becomes unwell
· Wash your hands for 20 seconds just prior to leaving your house. Additionally, I will provide hand gel and ask you to apply it before getting into the car.
· Please cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – using a sleeve or tissue, not your hands. Masks must be worn.
· Wear clothing that is suitable and covers as much of you as possible, including arms and legs.(Short sleeves are acceptable).
· Have the correct fee available.
Wear a Mask and sanitise my hands between students.
Keep windows open for ventilation.
Wipe down all ‘shared’ surfaces prior to, and immediately after, each lesson. (Including steering wheel, signals, gearstick, handbrake, seatbelt, door handles, keys, mirror, lights.
Not use the air conditioning.
Try to avoid directly facing each other when discussing scenarios, it is safer to face forwards in the vehicle because we cannot maintain being 2 metres apart
Finally, although between us we can take all reasonable measures to ensure our safety there is obviously no guarantee. The decision to undertake driving lessons is entirely a matter for you and your family to discuss. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable undertaking lessons please rest assured that your spot will be saved for you to resume as soon as you are happy to.
By agreeing to undertake Driving Lessons you
Some additional information.
Anyone who has had a test cancelled should shortly receive an email from the DVSA inviting them to rebook. Please contact me to arrange dates before booking a test. We will need to establish how many refresher lessons you may need.
Revised procedures for Tests.
Waiting rooms are closed and you will not be allowed to use the facilities.
Tests will be stopped immediately a candidate has made a serious fault.
Instructors will not be allowed to accompany a student on a test.
Students will be expected to wear masks.
Students must be registered for the Governments ‘Trace and Track’ system. (Candidate participation in the NHS Test & Trace initiative is a requirement for taking a practical test. The examiner will ask the candidate; “Can you confirm that you are taking part in the Government test and trace or similar national initiative and that you are happy for your details to be passed to the relevant tracing authority if needed for Covid-19 tracing purposes.” Should the candidate not be taking part in the test and trace initiative the test cannot go ahead.)
If the candidate becomes unwell (constant cough) during the test, the test will be stopped.
COVID-19 can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher. There are 2 levels of higher risk as described on the gov.uk website:
1. High risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
2. Moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)
People at moderate risk from coronavirus include people who:
are 70 or older
have a lung condition that’s not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)
have heart disease (such as heart failure)
have chronic kidney disease
have liver disease (such as hepatitis)
have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)
have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections
are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)
are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)
If you’re at moderate risk from coronavirus, it’s very important you follow current Government advice. From 31.5.2020 this states you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.
If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, there is advice on the gov.uk website.
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