The dos and don’ts of learning to drive post-covid

Good news – driving lessons in England have been given the green light. After grinding to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, learners up and down the country are able to buckle up and get back on the roads. However, driving lessons in Birmingham, across the midlands and the rest of the UK now look a little different. As we enter this new normal, what does that mean for learners? Let’s take a look at some of the things to consider before you get back behind the wheel.

DO respect your instructor. At least 24 hours prior to your lesson, they may be in contact to agree that you’re well enough to go on your lesson. Similarly, they will assure you that they’re healthy enough to teach. Be honest with your answers – if you can’t confirm that you haven’t displayed symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 7 days, or been in contact with someone who has displayed symptoms within the last 14 days, you risk your lesson being cancelled.

DO pre-pay for your lessons online if you can. Electronic payments are strongly being encouraged, particularly by Bill Plant Driving School, who recommend new customers use their pre-pay option. While cash payments will still be accepted, just remember to sanitise your hands after transferring notes.

DO wear suitable clothing. This also extends to making sure you’re covered up as much as possible, including wearing long-sleeved items of clothing. Of course, suitable footwear is also required – ideally flat-soled shoes.

DO stay calm and patient. Driving lessons will look a little different for the foreseeable. You may be feeling apprehensive as you’ve not been able to get out on the roads, or perhaps you’re nervous ahead of the changes – but don’t worry. The car will be thoroughly sanitised before your lesson, focusing on particular touch-points like the steering wheel and horn, interior and exterior door handles, gear stick, parking brake and mirrors. By keeping calm and staying patient, you’ll guarantee a straight-forward, safe and enjoyable lesson.

DON’T shake hands. Before your lesson, your driving instructor won’t shake your hand and will greet you from a safe distance. The same rules apply for any family members. While your instructor Your instructor will be happy to greet any ‘support’ prior to your lesson getting started, it’s also worth knowing that family members and/or partners will not be allowed on your lesson with you.

DON’T forget your PPE. Facemasks are highly advisable for both driving instructors and their pupils. Your facemask needs to cover your nose and mouth, with no gaps between your face and the covering. If you don’t have one, your instructor may be able to provide one. Gloves are not compulsory, but are again advised – and ensure you adhere to the guidelines regarding disposing of PPE after your lesson.

DON’T bring any unnecessary items with you. By this, we mean food or drink and your phone (that of course, can harbour bacteria). It’s also worth noting that additional items of clothing, such as jackets or coats, may be required to be kept in a plastic bag in the boot of the vehicle.

And finally, DO stay alert and stay safe. The health and safety of you and your instructor is paramount, so ensure you adhere to all the guidelines put in place. While lessons may go on longer than usual, it’s important that everyone co-operates in our new normal! Good luck!