This page gives updates on how Coronavirus is affecting driving lessons and driving tests.
My video diary below shows the impact it’s had since the Covid-19 outbreak began. The latest video plays first.
Coronavirus driving lessons
Driving lessons are not currently possible due to the restrictions brought in on March 23rd 2020. The Prime Minister announced everyone except essential key workers should stay at home to avoid spreading the virus.
No instructor or school that cares about safety should currently be offering driving lessons because you cannot keep the minimum safe distance of 6 feet away from people in a car.
Some instructors may choose to continue offering driving lessons. I strongly advise against this and I have heard of police stopping people giving driving lessons.
This is not something that is easy for me to do but nothing is more important than health.
Practical driving tests
Driving tests are suspended until further notice. Only driving tests for essential key workers are available.
Driving tests will be available from mid April 2020 at the earliest. That’s my guess but I have been doing this for 20 years and have seen similar situations due to strikes and bad weather such as snow.
People that had a driving test cancelled will be given priority when the test booking service opens again.
If you didn’t have a driving test booked then the waiting times could be longer than usual. I predict driving test waiting times will be around 3 to 4 months as they were for many years up until 2018.
It usually takes at least 5 months to learn to drive anyway, doing a 2 hour lesson each week, so if you’re just starting out then it’s still too early to even book a driving test.
Theory test centres have closed until April 20th 2020.
This is for safety reasons. Theory test centres are rooms full of many people so they would be an ideal place for Coronavirus to spread.
It’s likely that there will be a longer waiting time than usual for theory tests when the centres open again due to the backlog caused by them being closed.
Is my theory test certificate still valid?
Unfortunately not. If your theory test certificate expires then they legally can’t extend it.
This does seem odd given so many unprecedented events happening at the moment so this may change.
See my page on driving test cancellations for more details.
How I’m helping
I am doing my best to keep people entertained via my YouTube channel.
I am making more videos than usual at the moment with around 2 or 3 a week coming out to keep me and you entertained.
I’m also a hypnotherapist, or hypnotist, as well as a driving instructor and run a private hypnotherapy practice in Birmingham.
This virus presents a challenge for me because although I have 20 years experience as a driving instructor I have less than 1 year of experience as a therapist!
Hypnosis is not magic and it can’t cure disease but hypnosis and other techniques I have learnt can help people. It’s great for relaxation, stress and taking your mind off things.
An elderly survivor of Coronavirus swears by EFT (a technique I trained in). He said it helped him get over Coronavirus.
I know it looks crazy and I’m not into weird things that rely on unproven evidence but this worked for me. I’d had a pain in my knuckle for months and within 2 minutes of doing this it went! That was 9 months ago now and I’ve had no pain in my knuckle since.
Driving lessons after Coronavirus
1stDrive.com will continue.
1stDrive.com has survived floods, snowstorms, swine flu, bird flu, me being in road rage attacks, car crashes, having my car stolen and tons of other things.
Coronavirus will join the list of things that tried to stop me but failed.
This will end and things will go back to normal.
See the latest government advice here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus