Keeping our fingers crossed worked! Driving lessons could continue on April 12th, 2021, after originally closing on March 23rd, 2020 due to the pandemic. We will be re-starting lessons on Sunday 18th, April 2021.
The three lockdowns have had a big impact on our waiting list. We, therefore, fully understand if anyone on our call back list wants to change to a different instructor with more availability. All we ask is that you let us know.
To give you some idea of the wait times, looking at the statistics over the last few years, we can see just how many tests have not taken place. These statistics are from the Department for Transport. The average amount of tests taken each year between 2007 and 2019 were 1,608,960. From April 2019 to April 2020, there was a slight drop with 1,599,566 tests taken. From April 2020 to December 2020 (the latest figures), there were just 436,044 tests taken, that’s about 27%, less than a third of a normal year!
If you are wanting driving lessons, please be patient. If you have contacted us over the last year, we have not forgotten you and will be in touch eventually. It is just going to take a bit of time, as mentioned earlier, we fully understand if you find another instructor able to deliver your lessons sooner.
The changes made include: We had to close for a third time on 26th, December 2020 and re-opening on Sunday 18th, April 2021. Those with tests already booked and who had already been taking lessons with us will remain our priority. If you would like to start driving lessons, please get in touch. Your name and contact details will be placed on our contact list, with no obligation to start learning to drive with DARE2DRIVE when we get in touch with the offer to start lessons.
We strongly suggest, that if you are planning to have lessons in soon, you start making inquiries 6 to 12 months beforehand, to start at your preferred time.
All customers will be notified by email of the changes to lessons and tests.
When lessons resume, your instructor will NOT come to your door. They will wait in their vehicle for you to appear. If you do not arrive within 10 minutes of your start time, your instructor will leave, and you will forfeit your fee for that session.
Payment method – You will be asked to pay via bank transfer a minimum of 24 hours before each lesson, or the first lesson in a block. Bank details will be provided when required. If this is not possible, please contact us and other means will be discussed.
Cleaning of vehicle – The car and keys will be thoroughly cleaned before/after every lesson.
Wearing of gloves – All clients will be asked to wear gloves, either cotton (only if you have a skin condition that you have previously mentioned), latex, or vinyl. These are provided free of charge by DARE2DRIVE, you will be asked to put these on before entering the vehicle. These must not be removed before leaving the vehicle.
Wearing of face coverings – Face coverings must be worn; this is to minimize the risk of infection. DARE2DRIVE will provide a cloth face covering which can be washed for future use free of charge. Disposable face masks will also be available for a small fee if you have not arrived with a face-covering after the first session. Face coverings must be put on before entering the vehicle and not removed before leaving the vehicle.
Waste bags will be available for the disposal of gloves and face coverings if applicable.
DARE2DRIVE recommends that you change your clothing and shower or bath after your lesson.
DARE2DRIVE does not hold any responsibility for the contraction of Covid-19. We will do everything we can, to limit the risk of infection and will expect you to do the same. If you or any family members have any of the known symptoms; cough, fever, loss of taste, or smell; please inform us immediately, with the date symptoms started. If you cancel at short notice due to Covid-19 symptoms, NO cancellation fee will be charged, but you will be expected not to return for a minimum of 21 days. All other cancellation fees remain the same. DARE2DRIVE will let you know immediately if any instructors or family members have symptoms. If this is the case, lessons will cease for 21 days, this may be at short notice.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.