Safe Training Practices – How driving lessons are changing to cope with COVID
With the current restrictions and lack of social distancing in the car, we just wanted to assure you that a lot is still being done, so that if you are currently a key worker or when the restrictions are eased, a pupil, there will still be many safety points followed to ensure the safest working learning environment.
The following guidance is given by the DIA – Driving Instructors Association
Safe training practices
If you are supplying driver or rider training to key workers, please see our guidance below.
Call your pupils ahead of each lesson (even if you have seen them within the last couple of days).
- Ask them if they have any symptoms.
- Ask them if anyone they know, or have been in contact with, is showing symptoms.
- Ask them if they, or if anyone they have been in contact with, has travelled from a high-risk, infectious region.
Explain to them that you need to take a few extra precautionary measures during their lesson to keep them, and everyone safe.
- To wash their hands or use sanitizer gel just prior to getting into the car.
- To cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – so a sleeve or tissue, not their hands.
- You’ll keep a window open for ventilation.
You also have some other housekeeping to do in order to help protect yourself and your client:
Before the client enters the vehicle, ensure that you have wiped over the following contact points:
- Door handles (inside and out),
- window controls
- Seat adjusters,
- steering wheel
- Steering wheel height adjuster,
- parking brake,
- gear lever,
- indicator and wiper stalks
- Light controls
with alcohol-based gel at the beginning and end of each training session.