Driving lessons after COVID-19 lockdown

 

 
 


 

When will driving schools recommence lessons ?

As part of the government's roadmap Driving Schools can now reopen as part of phase 3 from June 29th. Harris Driving School is aiming to recommence lessons in early July.

If I am looking to continue my lessons or I am a new learner what can I expect ?

The current situation is unprecedented.  Due to the huge number of learners waiting to recommence lessons together with all those wanting to begin lessons, delays in scheduling bookings can be expected so please be patient. Priority will be given to the existing customers who need to complete their course of lessons so that they can apply for the driving test.

In order to facilitate scheduling, in advance of the driving school reopening date Harris Driving School will contact all its customers to ascertain their availability so that suitable appointments can be arranged. It is important customers reply promptly to secure the earliest date to restart.

What safety precautions will be needed ?

 Due to the extremely infectious nature of the covid-19 virus and it's potentially serious consequences strict adherence to safety protocols is essential to keep you, me, our families and the community safe. We must not get complacent as the re-emergence of the virus in some countries has shown.

Social distancing is not achievable in the confined driving lesson environment.  In regard to driving tests for category B (cars) the RSA are continuing to look into safety protocols and hope to restart testing at some date in phase 3. The date yet to be notified.

 Not withstanding this the following safety protocols will be put in place for Harris Driving School:

  • > The instructor may take the learners temperature before the lesson using a non-contact forehead thermometer. If the result is high, indicating a possible fever the lesson may be cancelled for safety.
  • > Face covering/mask will be worn by the instructor and learner during the lesson - mine helps protect you, yours helps protect me -. Wearing the face covering is mandatory. (the learner will provide their mask). This is also being made mandatory by the RSA for driving tests due to the lack of distancing achievable.
  • > The school car controls will be sanitised properly before and after each lesson using antibacterial wipes and spray.
  • > The school car seats will have a protective plastic covering which will be replaced before each lesson.
  • > Hand sanitiser will be provided for use before the lesson.
  • > Safety gloves will be provided for use before the lesson.
  • > Wind deflectors are installed on car windows to enhance smooth air ventilation.
  • > Lesson payment - there is the option to use Debit/Credit card instead of cash.
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To ensure the above safety measures are maintained in place at all times, lessons will only be carried out in the Driving School car. Unfortunately until further notice lessons cannot take place in the learner's car.

Should the learner experience any of the covid-19 symptoms prior to a lesson - the HSE link below will help you to identify symptoms - or have come in contact with a person diagnosed with or suspected of having covid-19, they should not proceed with the lesson but give notice of cancellation as early as possible.

The RSA refers you to the HSE coronavirus covid-19 Public Health Advice and Guidance link below. Please review.

 https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

 

Together lets stay safe and protect each other.