How to prepare for your First Driving Lesson

Your First driving lessons

Your first driving lesson…

It’s amazing how the world and how we see things has change in just a few months.

Businesses have had to quickly evolve by the way they deliver their products and services to meet this new world.

So, what do you need to know before taking your first driving lesson?

When you book your First driving lesson we will ask you to allow your driving instructor to view your driving licence online.

Changes to driving licences came into effect on 8th June 2015, and therefore we need to make important licence checks to comply with our vehicle insures.

Endorsements, penalty points and driving bans are no longer recorded on driving licences, but will instead only be available online.

For insurance purposes, before your first lesson your driving instructor is required to check your licence details, so you will need to text your instructor with permission to view your licence online.

To do this you’ll need to generate a code which will allow your instructor to check your licence details:

You will need:

  • Your driving licence
  • Your national insurance number
  • Your home postcode
  • The code will only be valid for 21 days.

You can go to this website to get your code:

https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

Don’t forget your instructor will still need to see your photocard licence for ID inspection on your first driving lesson. He or she will take a photo of your card avoiding touching it.

 

How we are managing health and safety in the training vehicle

It’s a new future and this is OUR RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND GETTING BACK TO TAKING LESSON.

As of the 4th July 2020, we have been granted by the government to start taking driving lessons again. For your safety, please make sure you adhere to the following rules.

It’s your safety, and the safety of everyone who uses the tuition vehicle, including your instructor that we aim to protect, so failure to comply with these Covid-19 safety measures may result in your lesson being cancelled.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED BY FOLLOWING THE SAFETY MEASURES BELOW:

The vehicles will be well vented, with windows open. In hot weather, as well as windows opened, the air conditioning may be turned on.

– A face mask or covering should be worn wherever practical. Please bring your own face covering with you, if you do not come prepared with a mask, the instructor will have a disposable one available for you to use. Please avoid wearing a plastic visor for safety reasons. In the event of an accident, plastic visors may and can cause a lot of harm in the event of an air bag being deployed, causing the visor to shatter.

– Gloves should be worn at all times. If you cannot bring your own gloves, the instructor will have disposable ones for your use. Please note, if you have any allergy issues with common disposable gloves, such as latex, please bring your own for your safety. It is your responsibility to make this known to the instructor.

– Please make sure your hands are freshly washed using anti-bacterial handwash before the lesson starts. If you are wearing your own gloves that have been used previously, please wash them in an antibacterial liquid.

– Sanitiser will be provided in the vehicle for your use.

– Disposable seat covers will be changed after every pupil. This is to ensure the cleanest and safest possible environment for both you, and others taking lessons.

– If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 (see NHS website for more information), please DO NOT attend your lesson, we will not charge for the cancellation.

If you have symptoms and have not cancelled your lesson prior to the instructor turning up, your instructor will refuse to continue the lesson, and you could still be charged for that full lesson. So, please cancel if you know you are not well.

 

WHAT THE INSTRUCTOR WILL DO TO ENSURE THE SAFEST ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE:

– The instructor may wear a mask or face covering, and gloves.

– The instructor will clean the vehicle thoroughly after each lesson with antibacterial car sanitiser, including all common areas of the vehicle such as the: steering wheel, Hand brake, Gear lever, Indicators and other buttons, seat adjusters, mirrors and accessories, door handles and so forth.

– The instructor will deep clean the vehicle at the end of every working day.

– Because the instructor needs to clean down the car after every lesson, we cannot accommodate hourly lessons at this time, and we will only be taking longer lessons for the foreseeable future. If you are unsure as to what time duration you can take, please ask your instructor directly,

 

Eyesight, health conditions, drink & drugs  

The instructor will also ask you to complete an eyesight check & if you cannot pass this they will advise an eye test with a professional which may mean you need to complete any eye tests & corrective procedures before we continue with any further lessons.

You must advise your instructor of any health conditions which are on the DVLA list of notifiable conditions before commencing any driving lessons.  It is your legal responsibility to notify the DVLA of any health conditions: https://www.gov.uk/driving-medical-conditions.

You must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescribed medication which states it may affect driving) during any lessons. You must consider carefully if you plan to drink alcohol the night before a lesson as the alcohol can remain in your system.

If you require any further information regarding taking driving lessons please email support@elite-driving-school.co.uk