The safety of my customers is of paramount importance to me and below is an overview of the COVID-19 safeguarding measures I have introduced to help reduce the risk of transmission of the virus during your driving lessons with me.
WHAT I WILL DOThis is what I will do to help reduce the risk of potential COVID-19 transmission:
a) Clean what we touch Before each lesson I will sanitize those parts of the interior and exterior of my vehicle which may be touched by me or you. This will help to destroy any virus particles on those surfaces which may be touched during the lesson.
b) Occasional deep clean Periodically I will give the whole interior of the vehicle a deep clean to remove any possible active virus particles not covered as part of my regular procedure above.
c) Keep my hands clean I will make sure my hands have been sanitised before meeting with you, upon entering the vehicle and periodically after touching any surfaces where the virus may reside.
d) Ventilate car as best I can If for some reason, we haven't been able to keep the car well ventilated during the lesson I will ventilate it before the next lesson. This will help to remove any virus particles that may still be airborne in water vapour not stopped (or deflected) by the wearing of a face covering or mask. Well ventilated outdoor areas are known to dramatically reduce the risk of airborne water vapour transmission therefore the more we can create a similar environment inside the car the better.
e) Inform you of any COVID-19 exposure/symptoms If I suspect that I may have been seriously exposed to contracting the virus from others or are suffering from symptoms associated with being infected such as • a high temperature, • a new continuous dry cough or • unexplained loss or change to my sense of smell or taste I will let you know as soon as possible and suspend lessons.
f) Wear face covering, mask or visor to help to reduce the potential transmission of the virus from me to you I will wear a face covering in the car for as much of the time as it is possible or safe to do so. The face covering will help to trap most of the water vapour as I breathe out or deflect it so it remains local to me rather than projected towards you. Good ventilation will also help disperse any such water vapour out of the car.
WHAT I NEED YOU TO DO This is what I need you to do to reduce the risk of potential transmission:
a) Inform me of any COVID-19 exposure/symptoms Let me know as soon as is possible if you may have been seriously exposed to contracting the virus from others or are suffering from symptoms associated with being infected such as • a high temperature, • a new continuous dry cough or • unexplained loss or change to my sense of smell or taste.
b) Wash hands and face Thoroughly wash your hands and face with warm soapy water before we meet if at all possible. Soap applied for about 20 seconds is known to destroy virus particles that maybe on your skin.
c) Avoid handshake/physical contact Avoid the usual welcome handshake or any physical contact with me if possible.
d) Keep distance Keep a distance of around 2 metres while outside of the car. e) Avoid unnecessary objects Avoid bringing any unnecessary objects with you, if possible, so as to limit the surfaces that may contain the virus in the car.
f) Avoid cash payments Avoid paying in cash if possible, use direct bank transfers or other means.
g) Wear face covering or mask Put on a face covering or mask just prior to sanitizing your hands ready to enter the car to start your driving lesson.
h) Sanitize hands on entry Sanitize your hands after putting on your face covering or mask ready to enter the car to start your driving lesson.
i) Avoid touching Try to avoid touching any non-sanitised skin, your hair, your eyes or the face covering/mask you are wearing during the lesson if possible.
j) Cover up coughs or sneezes Sneeze or cough into your elbow or tissues if you have time. Then carefully store any used tissues in a plastic bag.
k) Re-sanitise hands as required I may require you to occasionally re-sanitize your hands but I will explain why this is necessary at the time.
l) Prepare for extra ventilation to improve ventilation the windows may be opened and you may need to wear extra clothing, particularly on cold days.