Covid-19 Advice for Students

What to Expect on Lessons......

Symptoms

Before I collect you for your lesson, I will contact you to see if you have had any symptoms of the virus within the last 7 days or have been in contact with someone who has had symptoms within the last 14 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

Hygiene

Between each lesson I will have cleaned down the car door handles inside and out, windows and mirror controls, seat adjusters, seatbelt and its connection, gear lever, steering wheel, indicator and wiper stalks, car keys and training resources.

You are requested to wear long trousers and full footwear – no open-toed shoes. Long sleeves are preferable but short sleeves are acceptable – not sleeveless.

Immediately before leaving your home I ask that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, in line with Government guidance.

Before you get into the car I will offer a small bag into which you should place any personal possessions – no bags, purses, phones – preferably house keys at the most.

Throughout the lesson you should avoid touching your face.

Personal Protective Equipment

I will provide hand sanitiser to be applied before getting into and after leaving the car.

I will provide a mask for you, and will wear one myself. The use of face visors is not recommended. They could mist up, reflect, and interfere with air bag deployment. In any case a mask would still have to be used as wearing a visor alone provides little protection.

Procedure

As usual, come out to the car at your allotted lesson time. We will stay 2 metres apart and have a brief discussion as well as putting on PPE and hand sanitiser. Wait to be invited into the car.

Windows will be down as much as possible during the lesson to allow for ventilation, so if the weather is cold, wear something warm.

At the end of the lesson you will be offered hand sanitiser again. As soon as you get back into your house you should dispose of your mask safely and wash your hands.

Payment

I would ask that you try to bring the exact payment to the lesson. to minimise cash handling (sorry, no cheques). My current terms and conditions state that lessons must be paid for if cancelled at short notice – this term is waived for the time being.

To find out what to expect on TEST, visit:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests

Much of the above points are advice taken from:

NASP Guidelines on driver trainers safely returning to work 2nd July 2020’

The procedures are intended to protect you, me, our families and friends, and people we have never met, against Covid-19. That should be our priority. I am optimistic that with a positive approach we can make this work!!