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Safety Tips for Beginner Drivers

It can take many hours of driving on the roads to build up the skills and experience that all good, safe drivers possess. It’s well known that learners can be prone to road traffic accidents, so we’ve put together some basic safety tips for beginner drivers to help you to start forming good, safe driving habits right from the get go.

Good driving habits

Firstly you should inspect your vehicle before anything, check to make sure the tyres are fully pumped and the brake lights plus indicators are in full working order. The next and the most important driving habit you should form is to put on your seat belt, not only is it the law but if you are involved in a road traffic accident then a seat-belt could save your life. Check your mirrors and adjust them if they are not in the correct position. Try to get into the routine of performing these quick and simple tasks each and every time you drive.

Never drive in a hurry

A lot of accidents are caused because people are in a rush. Being late to your destination is the number one reason people give when they are caught speeding. You should try not to drive in a hurry and leave sufficient time spare in case of traffic jams or emergencies. If you are running late for work or an appointment it can affect your concentration and cause you to feel stressed, impatient and under pressure. These are feelings you want to avoid when driving but if you are feeling the pressure of running late just try to relax and concentrate on getting to your destination as safely as possible rather than as fast as possible.

Driving on new roads

If driving on busy roads such as dual carriageways and motorways causes you to feel stressed then you should perhaps consider taking a quieter route, at least until you build up some confidence and gain more experience. Also try to avoid busy roads at peak hours until you are ready.

Don’t smoke, don’t use you mobile phone and don’t change your music while driving. Also, if you do like to listen to music while you drive then try to listen to something calming and relaxing rather than anything that gets you over excited and more likely to break speed limits or lose concentration. The last piece of advice we can give you is to relax, take your time, and concentrate. If anxiety levels become too high then find a safe place to pull over and take a break. Stay safe.

Covid -19 update
Driving lessons will resume from 4th July for all pupil following the government guideline. The following Covid 19 measures are in place for the safety of the pupil and the driving instructors, these includes:
Driving instructors:
All instructors will declare whether they are Covid 19 symptoms free at the beginning of each lesson. We will ensure all instructors have face masks available during the day should they need to wear one. But it is up to the individual instructors and the pupil to decide what they would prefer during the lesson. Our instructors will be using the hand sanitiser every 20 mins during the lesson period. We will have the car windows half way down during lesson to keep it ventilated.

Covid 19 declaration for all pupil:
It is vital that you only book lessons if you are Covid 19 symptoms free. For more information on symptoms visit the NHS website for more details and guidance. Be aware we will ask you at the beginning of the lesson if you are symptom free. The driving instructor can refuse to give you a lesson if you are unwell and will be explained to you why on the day.

PPE:
The driving school recommends face mask but it is not essential. Please bare in mind face mask do not protect you from Covid 19.
It is essential that all pupil sanitise or wash their hands before every lesson and after. Please avoid touching your face and eyes during the lesson period. During the lessons hand sanitiser will be available to use. Please ask the instructor when you would like to use it.
We advice all pupil to wear a suitable clothing which covers their arms and legs due to Covid 19.

Preparation of car:
We will do everything possible to keep the pupil and ourselves safe whilst on lesson. We will ensure the car surfaces are disinfected such as door handle, seat, seat belt, hand brake, gears, arm rest etc and any other surfaces. To confirm that is it safe for you next for your lesson. Your safety is our priority!
The used wipes, gloves or masks will be recycled after each lesson to avoid Covid 19 transmission.

Communication during lesson:
At the beginning of the lesson you will be greeted by the instructor outside the car. They’ll be at 2m distance and will explain to you what will happen during the lesson. Any queries you have please discuss with the instructor. Whilst in the car the driving instructor will avoid facing you due to Covid 19 but instead will look forward to communicate with you. If it becomes necessary to give you any detailed explanation during the lesson Instructor may ask you to step out of the car once parked at a safe place to explain the faults or to communicate something vital with you about your driving keeping the social distancing measure in place.

We thank all the pupil and the instructors for their support and understanding and we wish all the pupil and instructors best of luck with lessons.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe!

RSM Driving School