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Coronavirus Update 2

We've been thinking long and hard about how we're going to be able to go back to work safely. We want to keep you updated with some of the things that we're going to do once we can teach again.

Unfortunately so far, the Government and DVSA have failed to give us any indication as to when we will be able to return to teaching. We are hoping to return by the beginning of July - watch this space! We will be in contact with all students to get lessons booked back in when we can do so safely.

Here are some of the steps that we will be taking once we can teach again...

Hand sanitiser

We will ask you to sanitise your hands as soon as you get in the car, and you can do this again at the end of the lesson. All of our instructors will keep hand sanitiser in the car for both ours and yours use. We also suggest you wash your hands at home before and after the lesson as this is the best way to get rid of germs.

Cleaning the car

We will be cleaning the car before and after every lesson that we do, and we will be deep cleaning our cars at the end of each day. I love that we are personally in charge of cleaning and this is going to be controlled by us - rather than it being like a public shop where everyone is walking in and out, and cleaning would be difficult to manage effectively - whereas our cars are controlled environments and we will be ensuring we clean before and after each lesson, and again at the end of the day.

Masks and gloves

We are not going to be encouraging students to wear masks or gloves, for various reasons.

1. Communication can be an issue. Masks can muffle voices, and the last thing we want is for you to miss an important direction, instruction, or warning, from us! This could become a safety critical incident and that is not what we want.

2. If we had an accident that could be proved to be caused by a communication issue from using a mask, the insurance company may not pay out.

3. Masks are useless when used wrong, worn wrong, or used for too long. Most masks are only effective for 20-30 minutes, which is useless if we do a 1 hour lesson - let alone a 2 hour lesson!

4. Masks can become hot, sweaty, and itchy - this can become a massive distraction whilst you are trying to learn to drive.

5. We hope that by the time we do return to teaching, the risk of transmission is lower anyway - therefore naturally reducing the need for masks anyway.

6. Some other driving schools and instructors are using face visors - again this could be dangerous, and if an air bag goes off, this could cause significant damage to your face. I feel that if we have to use visors, masks or gloves, to reduce the transmission - then we shouldn't be teaching anyway!!

7. Gloves can also become hot, sweaty, and itchy - and they could also become slippy. Again this is a massive risk whilst you are driving - the last thing you want is your hands slipping on the steering wheel whilst trying to go round a roundabout!

8. There is a massive risk of cross contamination with gloves. Gloves would have to be sterile when you put them on, and you should then change your gloves after every 'task' that you do. I relate this to when I worked in a hospital - I would use 3 or 4 pairs of gloves PER PATIENT! The best thing we can do is to NOT use gloves, and to use hand sanitiser when possible, and washing your hands before and after the lesson.