How Driving Lessons Will Change

How driving lessons will driving lessons change once lock-down eases

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How driving lessons will change. Once the current lock down eases and the DVSA says providing all relevant precautions are taken, that it will be permitted to start teaching students who are not key-workers- What changes will be put in place to make the learning environment as safe as possible?

Before we go into details of driving lessons please be aware that during this period until further notice, our usual terms and conditions of needing 24 hours notice to cancel to avoid being charged for a lesson have been suspended.

If because of feeling unwell you decide to cancel your driving lesson, even if it is short notice, then no charges will be incurred.

The student and Driving Instructor need to consider:

• If we ourselves or others close to us have any symptoms – even if we think its colds/flu/hay-fever


• If we ourselves or our family fall into higher risk groups


• If we have a relative or partner we are living with who is also moderate or high risk

The main symptoms of COVID 19 described by the government are (but not exclusively):

• a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)


• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)


• a loss of taste or smell

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For the student

Do you have or have had any symptoms of the virus within the last 7 days or have been in contact with someone who has within the last 14 days. – If so cancel your lesson

  • Before your lesson, your driving instructor may call or text you and check if you have had any symptoms of the virus within the last 7 days

Do you know anyone or have been in contact with anyone that is showing symptoms or has been doing so within the last 14 days – If so, cancel your lesson

  • Please make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, in line with Government guidance, immediately before leaving the house for their lesson. If you want to wear disposable gloves, to put them on just before getting into the car

Make sure the pupil wears clothing that is suitable and covers as much of them as possible, including arms and legs

If you sneeze or cough then make sure it is directed into your arm or elbow joint – DO NOT sneeze or cough into your hands – this will then be placed back on the wheel! (Hence the need to wear clothes that cover your arms)

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Your Driving Instructor

● Once your driving instructor arrives they may assess whether you are well enough to start the lesson.

If your driving instructor is not sure, because you may be showing symptoms – your driving instructor will not start the lesson they will explain that you need to cancel until you have recovered fully.

Ideally the instructor will do this before every lesson with you, even if you only saw them the day before

Your instructor will ask if you’ve washed your hands and that they hand sanitizer ready for the pupil to use

  • Your instructor will explain that they have also just cleaned their hands with hand sanitizer, or soap and water where possible and that both of you should avoid touching your face and hands
  • Your driving instructor will not shake your hand share visual aids, pens etc. Minimising contact with them for safety reasons

Between lessons your instructor will have cleaned down door handles inside and out, windows and mirror controls, seat and head restraints, seatbelt and its connection, gear lever, steering wheel, indicator and wiper stalks, car keys and training resources with Anti-bacterial/Anti virus wipes

  • Your instructor will keep the windows down as much as possible during the lesson to allow for ventilation, so please wrap up warm as it might be cooler in the car
  • If it does get too cold or too windy please tell your instructor who can adjust the heating or window setting on your side of the vehicle
  • Your instructor will avoid using the air conditioning if possible however if it is used it won’t be set to recirculate to keep the air as fresh and clean as possible within the car– however the air conditioning may be kept on during hot weather, but the windows will remain down.

At this time that the students parents, guardians or friends, will not be able to sit in on the lesson

  • Any new clients will need their licence checked electronically at https://www.gov.uk/check-driving-information You need: the last 8 characters of their driving licence and the check code from the client, ask them to hold the licence up so you can check it.

The instructor will NOT touch or take the licence from you. The code will be valid for 21 days and you can only use the code once.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

EVERY Instructor WILL have hand sanitiser in the car (minimum 70% alcohol content) so please clean your hands as frequently as you can

  • Antibacterial wipes or spray (checked so that they also say virus) should be used to clean down the car between lessons. Household disinfectant can also be used.
  • The instructor will Have a supply of disposable bin bags in the car and put all wipes and tissues in the bin bag. They will Change the bin bag after each lesson and dispose of it responsibly

The pupil and driving instructor may also want to consider the following:

  • Disposable gloves can be worn by the instructor and the pupil – but you will still need to wash your hands and clean down surfaces and controls. – However Some people have a latex allergy so if you wish to wear gloves you need to supply them yourself. You will need to change them after each lesson
  • Face masks: You could also use face masks or coverings. The advice on the effectiveness of face masks and coverings varies but if it makes you feel more comfortable during the lesson then the option is there. Wearing a face covering is optional and is not required by law, including in the workplace
  • If you do use a mask, make sure you use a new one frequently and dispose of the old one safely and responsibly. Cloth ones need to be washed at least daily and at 60 degrees and above to be effective. Gloves need to be changed frequently.

Your instructor and the pupil needs to Wear clothing that is suitable and covers as much of you as possible, including arms and legs

Wash your clothing as soon as you have finished for the day


During the lesson

For the near future all driving lessons will be at a maximum of 90 minutes. Anyone doing an Intensive course requiring more hours may do 90 mins in the morning and 90 mins in the late afternoon/ evening.

Intensive courses may also now be spread over a slightly longer period of 2 or 3 weeks

 Visual aids and any training resources should be held up and not passed between the two of you to hold and touch

  • Writing should be done by the ADI don’t share a pen or other devices where possible. If you do then clean with anti-bac wipes straight afterwards

Instructor and pupil should avoid directly facing each other when discussing scenarios, it is safer to face forwards in the vehicle because we cannot maintain being 2 metres apart

  • If you give a demonstration drive you will need to wipe down the controls before and after the drive
  • Consider wherever possible giving any brief notes digitally
  • Consider wherever possible reducing the handling of cash and use electronic payments and receipts

How driving lessons will change – After the lesson:

• No hand shaking, the instructor will clean their hands but WILL NOT go into the clients house to do this

  • Remind the client to wash their hands as soon as they get back into their house

The instructor will Wipe the car down ready for the next lesson or your journey home

  • Call the next pupil and assess their state to avoid a wasted journey

How driving lessons will change – Taking a driving test:

Allow time on arrival at the test centre to wipe down the examiners side of the vehicle, including
seat and head restraint, seatbelt and its connection, the dashboard area and passenger door contact points

It may not be possible for both of you to enter the test centre waiting room

  • Explain to the client how the examiner will behave on arrival at the test centre


The Instructor will not be allowed to accompany the test

The Instructor may not be allowed to attend at the end of test debrief

How driving lessons will change –

Terms and Conditions (T&C’s) during COVID 19:


Our usual T&Cs have been revised during this time. An example is late cancellation policy due to COVID-19.

This could relate to the following situations:
• If you or anyone in your household becomes unwell and has symptoms
• If you believe that you may have been in contact with someone showing symptoms
• If you become unwell and are showing symptoms or if anyone in your household is showing symptoms
• If you believe you may have been in contact with someone showing symptoms

Coroner calls on driving instructors to explain the consequences of bad driving

Following the death of four young man the coroner has suggested that ADI’s (Approved Driving Instructors) should use the circumstances to highlight to their clients the danger that is caused by a irresponsible driving.

A Seat Leon car with six occupants collided head on with the taxi then the occupants of which was the driver who was seriously injured this Ceat drifted onto the wrong side of the road on the left bender 82 miles an hour in a 40 mph zone two girls that were in the Seat Leon survived it, was reported that the driver was 2 1/2 times the drink drive limit and was taking cocaine before the crash

The coroner urged people not to get in the vehicle if they know the driver has been drinking alcohol. Unfortunately on a regular basis, similar crashes occur, the car usually having young or new drivers taking friends somewhere else after a social event often have to drink has been consumed also the taking of drugs is another problem the coroner suggested the driving instructor should discuss with their clients how to be sensible and they should be included in the teaching syllabus to produce a fully educated driver

Top 5 Driving Test Fails in Telford

Top 5 driving test fails in telford

Top 5 serious driving test faults

Despite the changes to the driving test, you’ll be interested to hear that the top 5 driving test fails in telford have not changed. We thought it’d be useful to give you some advice on how you can avoid these.

Top 5 Driving Test Fails in Telford

Observations at junctions

During the test, you will get a serious fault if they aren’t taking effective observations before emerging at junctions and emerge into the path of other vehicles. You should remind yourself to look both ways to make sure it’s safe before proceeding.

Top 5 Driving Test Fails in Telford

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Mirrors before changing direction

Another common fault pupils make is not remembering to use their mirrors, or only checking one of them. You should remind your pupils of the importance of always checking their mirrors effectively before doing things like changing lanes, signalling or increasing or decreasing speed. This is a simple mistake that can be easily prevented.

Moving off safely

Similarly, when your pupils are moving off from the side of the road, they need to make sure they look around, check their blind spots and indicate correctly.

Control when steering

Your pupils need to be able to maintain a steady course in normal driving during the test. Things like mounting the kerb while driving, or not following the contour of the kerb results in faults in this area.

Turning right at junctions

When approaching a junction and turning right, it’s important your pupils position their vehicle correctly. The vehicle shouldn’t cut the corner when turning right. Your pupils should also watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists, and any pedestrians crossing the road.

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Forward Bay Parking Tips

Forward Bay parking to the Right

Driving tips forward bay park

Forward park into a bay – turning to the right

This covers a forward bay park to the right. The reversing part of the manoeuvre will be covered further into the tutorial.

  1. To turn into the bay easily, you need to be as far away from the bay as possible.

 

  1. To do this, use as much of the road as possible by moving over to the left as far as you can, avoid driving over bay markings or getting too close to parked vehicles. Before you do this however, check your internal and left mirror to ensure it’s safe for moving over to the left.

 

  1. It’s important that you show your intentions by signalling to the right if necessary. Before doing so, check your interior mirror followed by your right door mirror.

 

  1. You will now reach your first reference point. This reference point is also your point of turn (see forward parking to the right reference point). From the bay which you intend on driving into, when the first line appears just under your right door mirror, stop the car (you don’t have to stop, but it slows the manoeuvre down, allowing for better observation). Now take a final look into your interior and right mirror, followed by the right blind spot. If all clear, very slowly move off and immediately steer quickly to full right lock.

 

  1. As you enter the bay, straighten up your steering when your dashboard is in line with the horizon, or something else such as a hedge or fence.

 

  1. In order to know where to stop, the next reference point is when the end bay kerb or line comes just under your door mirror (see reference points). When the kerb reaches this point, you will be safely in the bay. Once there, select neutral and apply the handbrake.

 

Reversing Out of the Bay

  • Some car parks, particularly those that may be of limited space may have a one-way system. If there are painted road arrows which dictate the flow of traffic, it’s important that you reverse in a direction that allows you to drive off with the flow of traffic.

  • Your view of the road that you’re reversing into can be significantly restricted, particularly if there are vehicles parked either side of you – the green shaded area of the inset image displays the limited view in which you can see of the road. It’s critical that you begin reversing very slowly, continuously look up and down the road that you’re reversing into and stop if any vehicles approach. If possible, look through the windows of parked vehicles to aid observation.

Reversing out of a bay

Before reversing, get the car ready to move by selecting reverse gear and hand on the handbrake ready to release. Look up and down the road that you’ll be reversing into as much as your view will allow. If all looks clear, look in the direction of travel and begin very slowly reversing, think of a ‘crawling’ speed. It’s essential at this point that you’re prepared to quickly stop your car. If a vehicle approaches, stop to assess their actions. They may drive around you or they may stop. If they stop, continue with the manoeuvre. Continuously look around before moving and during. Continue to reverse straight until you reach the reference point.

  1. As you begin to turn, the front of your car will swing out. It’s important that you not only observe the road you are entering, but now also the front of your car so to avoid it hitting a car parked in the bay alongside you. At the reference point, or ‘point of turn’, turn the steering wheel half turn to either the left or the right.

Which way you turn depends on which way you want to reverse and drive off. For your car to reverse to the left, steer to the left and for your vehicle to reverse to the right, steer to the right. When you are confident that the front of your car is clear of vehicles parked alongside you, proceed to full lock.

  1. Continue to reverse for a sufficient distance on full steering lock until you are confident that you have enough space to drive off. Stop the car and select first gear and before moving off, check the left side blind spot if you reversed out to the left, or the right side blind spot if you reversed out to the right. You check the blind spot before moving off to ensure there are no pedestrians, cyclists or motorcycle riders about to pass in front.

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When it comes to learning to drive, for most people it takes months and months of learning, having to fit it in around college or work and using up time on the weekends. However their is a better and much faster way to learn to drive – An Intensive driving course Telford.

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Intensive Driving Course Telford are suitable for people who want to pass their driving test in one to two weeks with lessons being 2-5 hours per day and do not want to spend months and years learning.

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What you need to know before you start the best  Intensive Driving Course Telford

You must hold a UK provisional driving licence.

You will need to have passed your theory test before the start date of your intensive driving course as it is not possible to book a practical driving test with the DVSA without this, there is also waiting times for practical test dates which change day by day, minute by minute, with the intensive course it is best to wait until you have a practical driving test booked in place and work backwards from the test date to fit your lessons in.

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If you are doing a semi-intensive course you can start your lessons at a much earlier date if you are not too concerned about doing your course over a matter of weeks, we can help you with passing your theory test with our extensive range of free study material on this site.

You will have the same driving instructor for the duration of your driving course and you will learn on a one to one basis with no other pupils in the car

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Do Intensive Driving Courses work?

The short answer is YES, but this depends on you and getting the right driving instructor who is an expert in doing them.

When planning on doing your intensive driving course the first thing you need to do is make the time available for your course.

Plan the date you want to start and finish your driving course and clear your diary for work and all other commitments for the days/weeks you intend to do your driving lessons.  Make sure your only focus is your course and nothing else.  By doing a crash driving course you will be learning to drive in a shorter space of time compared to people doing normal driving lessons, which can take from 6 months to a year. It will be tough but remember that it’s only for a short period.  As I always tell my pupils you should treat it like work, you’re paying so you want to get the most out of it and get as much done as is humanly possible in the shortest period possibly.

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Pick your driving instructor/school carefully, spend time researching them as you will be spending a lot of time with them in a confined place.  You will want your instructor to work as hard as you intend to work yourself,  it is not very often we have to spend a lot of time with people we don’t know.  A good instructor is worth their weight in gold.  Lots of driving schools offer intensive courses whilst also offering normal driving lessons at the same time.

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It is best to avoid these driving schools as it is very difficult if not impossible for a driving instructor to teach 20 other pupils at the same time as offering you a proper intensive driving course.  You will need your driving instructor to put in as much time and effort if not more into your driving lessons as you do to give you the best chance of passing your driving test.

When you search the internet for these courses you will come across lots of driving schools in the UK offering them, take your time when choosing which school is right for you.

If a residential course suits you best, maybe this is because you want to get away from family and friends to focus,  do check how many hours a day you will be doing behind the wheel.  It’s not much good getting a hotel for a week and only spending a couple of hours a day behind the wheel.

The DVSA driving test is tough and you will want the best driving instructor on your side helping you all the way.  Try and avoid going on a course where you do a 5 hour lesson before your driving test as this will make you shattered and the chances of you passing will be a lot less then if you do a gentle warm-up. I  would recommend no more than 1 hour beforehand.

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Bring water to your driving lessons and have some before you start the test.  All driving schools are NOT equal, we at Intensive Courses Driving  believe we are one of the best driving schools in the UK offering intensive driving lessons, try us and we hope you will be delighted with the result.  Always remember the examiner is looking for a safe driver, not a great driver, don’t rush and always stay focused.

How long will it take?

Depending on which course you do, the courses can be taken from 1 week plus, we will try and work around your availability as much as possible. The maximum hours we do per day is 5 hours.  It is always best to book your lessons in once you know when the practical driving is and work backwards from that test date to fit your hours.

But it really does depends on the individual as the course is taught on case by case basis.