July 2020

Practical driving resume on July 22: But how will they be made safe?

It may have been a while since you took your driving test, but for thousands of people across the country their 4-wheeled indipendence has been put on hold during the pandemic

BBC News: Coronavirus: The learners waiting to take their driving tests >

With both theory and practical tests as well as lessons being cancelled since March, the green light has been given to resume. Theory tests were back causing nerves from July 4,and reverse parking drills will be tested from July 22 when the practical test and lessons resume.

There will of course be measures in place to ensure safety of instructors and pupils and like with all areas of our lives, things won’t be quite as they once were.

Practically this means fewer tests and lessons will be taking place, PPE will be worn, and extra procedures will be implemented to help with social distancing.

Some of these measures include instructors & pupils wearing clothes that cover arms and legs, face masks, disposable gloves that are changed between test, sanitising all touch points inside and outside the vehicle, and having the windows down throughout the test.

Hopefully this won’t significantly add to the stress most learner drivers feel on the day of their test!

This is however great news as a positive step in getting the country moving again, and especially for driving instructors who have been unable to work for the last 3 months.

We wrote previously about some of the essential checks that you should make on your car if it’s been a while since you last drove it. If you’re a local driving instructor about to fire up your place of work for the first time, make sure you check out this blog.

Unsure if your car is safe to drive again? At Thame Cars we offer a free vehicle health check. You can book online or contact us on 01844 390565.