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Critical Key Worker Driver Training suspended until further notice.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Following a week of reflection, talking to colleagues and various agencies, plus tighter Government restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19, which we fully support, we have decided suspended all driver training for Critical Key Workers on our books until further notice.

We have stated from the start that we wanted to support those working on the front line during the pandemic as best as we can, and for some the ability to drive would assist them in performing their tasks better and shortened their travelling times.

However, although yesterday, 30 March at 19.20hrs, the gov.uk website still stated that Key Workers are allowed to apply for Emergency Driving Tests, there seems to be little clarity and guidance for now on when or where these tests may take place. We fully understand that the DVSA has currently its own challenges to meet with staffing and rearranging recently cancelled tests nationwide in what can only be described as tasking and uncertain times, and as such we cannot fault them.

Because of the tighter public health restrictions on “social distancing” and “necessary travel”, we currently cannot warrant to be on the road whilst awaiting clarification from the government on how Emergency Driving Teats, as well as the relevant preparatory driver training for them, can be carried out without being in direct breach of such restrictions, especially if an Emergency Test would be taking place outside the local area.

We have spoken to all our Key Worker students and are most grateful for their understanding.

May we also take this opportunity to thank the local community and public at large for their kindness and understanding when we were out on occasion, even though many of our industry colleagues had already suspended their operations. It meant a lot to our students, for an hour of driving lesson was not just a means of working towards their driving licences but also a much welcome break from their otherwise hectic and stressful schedules as doctors, teachers and nurses.

We will keep you posted and are looking forward seeing you all out there when restrictions are lifted.

In the meantime, please be safe and follow public health advice.

Thank you once again for all your support and understanding.

COVID-19, Critical Key Workers & DVSA Emergency Tests

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

Many of you will be aware that the DVSA has suspended the Theory Tests for for weeks, currently up to April 20, and the Practical Driving Tests for 3 months. Subsequently to Government advice on COVID-19 you will have noticed fewer Driving Schools out on the road as part of social distancing either by students or the individual instructors.

However, the Test suspensions allow for EMERGENCY TESTS, both Theory & Practical, to take place for those who work in CRITICAL KEY AREAS dealing with the Corona outbreak. Those critical key areas are listed as:

-health and social care
-education and childcare
-key public services
-local and national government
-food and other necessary goods
-public safety and national security
-transport
-utilities, communication and financial services

To arrange such Emergency Tests evidence has to be provided which shows the applicant falls into any of the above categories and the DVSA will carry out stringent verification checks, so please do not clog up the system by requesting tests when you are not eligible for such a text.

HOW WILL FrankLyDriving.uk OPERATE DURING THE CURRENT COVID-19 CRISIS?

We all must take the outbreak serious and not play it down. However, having worked within the Health Sector myself, with many of my friends and family members working as Nurses, Doctors, Emergency Planners, Police and Educators at the front line right now, I feel obliged to support the efforts of those who are trying so hard to keep us safe to the best of their ability under very difficult circumstances. FrankLyDriving.uk has throughout its existence enjoyed a close working relationship with those serving their community. To stop our “Critical Key Worker” students from becoming mobile by discontinuing their driver training and therefore denying them to take the Government approved Emergency Tests seems counterproductive and irresponsible. We will therefore carry on supporting those who need to drive to protect all of us, for as long as

the UK Government allows such Emergency Tests to go ahead, and
as long relevant risk reduction and, if necessary, isolation measures are adhered to.

The decision to carry on is our own and follows a long process of deliberation. We do not seek praise for this decision, nor place blame on other industry colleagues for making choices which reflect their very own circumstances. We merely wish to coney our reasons for being out in the road continuing to teach those on whom we so greatly rely.

If you fall into any of the critical key areas and need advice or training, please feel free to contact us.

In the meantime, keep safe and look out for those who you can help by whatever means possible, even if it is just by checking on your neighbour or share a packet of eggs/loo roll with someone who would have to go without.

The good news is that nothing lasts forever, and as such the troubling times will also come to pass.

Addicted to using mobile phones whilst driving

This is shocking news, for one there has been a ban on using mobile phones whilst driving for years and for another the youngsters have to answer questions regarding phone use in their theory test. Being out on the road a lot we have noticed a definite increase in flaunting of phone laws amongst drivers. Th biggest concern as far as we are concerned are the parents who choose to text/call when behind the wheel with their young offspring sitting in the back copying their parents already, therefore normalising this behaviour.

Research has shown that a drink driver has better reactions than someone who is sober but operates a mobile phone. If that doesn’t tell you something what else does?

The Highway Code states that you should keep a 2 second gap between yourself and the vehicle in front under normal dry road conditions, double that in wet ones. Two seconds is the bare minimum for someone who is looking ahead. This distance is a reactionary timeframe, as the focus is on the vehicle in front to keep that distance, looking further ahead to anticipate and plan for any changes is what is required. But most cars follow far too close giving maybe 1-2 car lengths or about a second.

Let’s do the maths.

At 30mph we cover 45ft per second which translates into 90ft for a 2 second gap or 180ft in 4 seconds in adverse weather.

At 70mph we cover 105ft per second which equates to 210ft for 2 seconds or 420ft in 4 seconds in adverse weather.

Even at 10 or 20mph you are still covering 15-30ft per second, which is more than a standard car length.

Those who text whilst driving or check their messages divert their eyes off the road for and average of 3-4 seconds, hence, effectively driving blind somewhere between 45/60ft at 10mph and 315/420ft at 70mph. Plus, chances are your vehicle starts drifting across other lanes increasing the risks to yourself and others.

Some insurance companies have taken the steps to no longer accept those who have penalty points for mobile phone offences. Some professions, e.g. Bus Driver, have also taken the step to exclude such applicants from their recruitment process.

We also want to point out that the above also applies to anyone who supervises a Learner.

Drive responsible. drive safe.

This is shocking news, for one there has been a ban on using mobile phones whilst driving for years and for another the youngsters have to answer questions regarding phone use in their theory test. Being out on the road a lot we have noticed a definite increase in flaunting of phone laws amongst drivers. Th biggest concern as far as we are concerned are the parents who choose to text/call when behind the wheel with their young offspring sitting in the back copying their parents already, therefore normalising this behaviour.

Research has shown that a drink driver has better reactions than someone who is sober but operates a mobile phone. If that doesn’t tell you something what else does?

The Highway Code states that you should keep a 2 second gap between yourself and the vehicle in front under normal dry road conditions, double that in wet ones. Two seconds is the bare minimum for someone who is looking ahead. This distance is a reactionary timeframe, as the focus is on the vehicle in front to keep that distance, looking further ahead to anticipate and plan for any changes is what is required. But most cars follow far too close giving maybe 1-2 car lengths or about a second.

Let’s do the maths.

At 30mph we cover 45ft per second which translates into 90ft for a 2 second gap or 180ft in 4 seconds in adverse weather.

At 70mph we cover 105ft per second which equates to 210ft for 2 seconds or 420ft in 4 seconds in adverse weather.

Even at 10 or 20mph you are still covering 15-30ft per second, which is more than a standard car length.

Those who text whilst driving or check their messages divert their eyes off the road for and average of 3-4 seconds, hence, effectively driving blind somewhere between 45/60ft at 10mph and 315/420ft at 70mph. Plus, chances are your vehicle starts drifting across other lanes increasing the risks to yourself and others.

Some insurance companies have taken the steps to no longer accept those who have penalty points for mobile phone offences. Some professions, e.g. Bus Driver, have also taken the step to exclude such applicants from their recruitment process.

We also want to point out that the above also applies to anyone who supervises a Learner.

Drive responsible. Drive safe.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44584261

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