With driving instructors unable to give lessons during lockdown, figures released by RAC Insurance reveal how eager new drivers were to get behind the wheel with the school of mum and dad. The company recorded its highest-ever weekly demand for learner driver insurance in the first week of June.With professional instructors facing a backlog of lessons, the desire to take lessons from a family member shows no signs of abating according to RAC research. The average number of learner driver policies bought through June and July is up 27.5% on pre-lockdown levels.
RAC research conducted earlier in lockdown showed that a third of drivers aged 17 to 34 felt having access to a car was more important than ever during the pandemic.
The message from national and local governments for people to avoid public transport could have had the effect of accelerating new drivers’ interest in having lessons and passing their test to give them the freedom they need.
Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests restart in WalesIn Wales, tests started later than England:
•driver and rider training restarted 27 July
•theory tests restarted on Monday 3 August
•car driving tests are scheduled to restart on Monday 17 August
All driving tests are still suspended in areas under local lockdown in England.
According to the DVSA, you may not be able to book a new car driving test if you did not have one booked before lockdown, as tests which were cancelled due to coronavirus continue to be prioritised.
Declare if you cannot wear a face covering
When you arrange your test, you’ll need to say if there’s a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test.Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason not to wear a face covering. According to the DVSA, you should practise driving wearing a face covering before your test to help you prepare.
Valid reasons for not wearing a face covering include:
•you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
•putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
•you need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
What to expect on test day
You must make sure the inside of the vehicle is cleaned before the test. The examiner will also use an antiviral wipe to clean the passenger door and anything they’ll need to touch inside the vehicle.
Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.
The driving test centre waiting room will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but toilets will be available on request.Social distancing measures and safety precautions include:
•driving examiners wearing face coverings - they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers
•limiting the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time
•not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test
6th of August 2020
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