Paul explaining social distancing in car

Driving lessons during COVID-19

Driving lessons started again on 12th April 2021.

I have now had my first Covid-19 vaccination but am still following the safety measures below. By 21st June 2021 we will most likely be able to do driving lessons as before without face coverings or having to have the windows down.

It’s essential that you follow the 3 rules below whether or not you’ve been vaccinated to help protect everyone.

3 essential things to do

  • Wash your hands just before a lesson starts.
  • You must wear a face-covering for driving lessons and your driving test.
  • Cancel the lesson if anyone in your household shows any signs of the virus. You won’t have to pay for the lesson.

Measures I am taking to keep us both safe

I only teach a small number of pupils at any time, usually 5 to 8. My car is only used by those same few pupils each week and I currently do not offer one-off lessons like mock tests to pupils of other instructors to limit the number of people using my car.

The main parts of the car that you touch are cleaned between each lesson. This includes the steering wheel, gearstick, handbrake, indicator stalks and doors handles.

The windows must be open throughout lessons, even in bad weather, to allow air to circulate. We can still have the heater on to keep warm and this can help to kill the virus. My car has a heated front windscreen which helps a lot. Most cars don’t have this feature and it makes fast work of clearing mist and rain.

There will be as little sitting still as possible to help circulate air. This means for beginner lessons we may have to have the windows down all the way.

If you appear unwell then the lesson would be stopped immediately wherever we are. Please do not even start a lesson if are coughing, have a temperature or feel unwell.

With those simple measures in place we can both be safer. If you want to wear gloves or bring along anything else that may help you then you can so long as it doesn’t detract from your ability to drive.

About 1stDrive

I'm Paul and I've been giving driving lessons in Birmingham for 20 years now. I've taught over 1,000 people to drive and thousands more through my YouTube videos. Learn more about me on my about page.