Monthly Archives: November 2020

How To Stay Safe While Driving During Winter

We have taught many people to drive this year, and for them, like many others, they are heading into their first winter driving for themselves.  However, winter driving, especially in the UK, can mean being faced with many road conditions and extra hazards to be cautious of that we haven’t come across before.

With this in mind, here are some useful tips to follow to ensure we keep safe and are fully prepared for whatever the weather and driving conditions may throw at us!

Roadworthy Vehicles

We should always make sure our cars are roadworthy, but winter especially calls for our cars to be in tiptop condition.  If your tyres are near the legal limit consider changing them for new ones, in wet and icy conditions it is important for your tyres to have sufficient grip to hold the road, check even more often that they are inflated correctly, small changes in tyre pressure will affect the handling of your car.

It is a good time to get a winter check, and some garages offer these for free, it is always good to know how to check your car for yourself though.  Fewer daylight hours will find many of us driving more often in the dark so it is especially important to ensure lights and indicators are working and check them regularly, carry spare bulbs and know how to change them or where to go for help.  Keep lights and number plates clean and top up your screen washer bottles regularly.  Also, make sure to check antifreeze levels to protect your car’s engine during the coldest times of the year.

Driving

If you’re driving in rain, ice and snow, always avoid sudden changes in speed, heavy braking and using cruise control. With braking distances being as much as 10 times further than normal, gentle manoeuvring and early reactions can avoid dangerous situations.  If you’re out early in the morning, make time to defrost your car properly and don’t be tempted to set off before you can see clearly through all of the windows and your windscreen. It’s always best to, leave extra time for any journeys you have to make so you’re not tempted to drive faster than the road conditions allow.

Be prepared

We never know when we may be stuck in our cars longer than expected. If there is an accident that holds traffic up, we could find ourselves out for longer than planned, so it makes sense to take some precautions.  Ensure you have warm clothing and keep at least a third of a tank of petrol in our vehicles just in case you get stuck in colder weather, and when driving on longer journeys or in rural areas, some food and a hot drink in a flask would be good things to pack. 

If you’re concerned about driving safely in winter and would like to benefit from additional driving tuition, Beverly Slater, are here to help. We’d be glad to give you an extra lesson or so in order for you to feel safe driving this winter!

Continuing Driving Lessons Safely During The Pandemic

The restrictions we have faced as part of the UK Government’s attempts to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have caused many disruptions to both work and personal lives for many of us.

No doubt for many the lockdowns, which stopped driving instructors being able to offer driving lessons, has, whilst necessary, been a pain for students and instructors alike. For those of us who were about to take or book a driving test it has meant delays for this too, and the backlog to catch up will undoubtedly mean further disappointing delays.

Here at Beverly Slater, we are excited to look beyond the current lockdown for the measures we believe will need to be in place once we reopen.  We certainly know that going forward we must be prepared to make changes to the way we operate, once the current lockdown measures are eased.

Keep motivated

While we wait for lockdown to be over and lessons to resume, we can all use the time to refresh and improve our knowledge of the Highway Code, so that when we are back on the road we have a head start ready for our winter driving!

What do we have to look forward to and how will this impact on pupils and instructors?

Both instructors and students will need to make some important changes, one of which for the foreseeable future will likely be the requirement to wear masks and disposable gloves throughout driving lessons.  

Instructors will require longer time between lessons as they will need to sanitise the area between students. To make our lessons run more smoothly, we will be asking that our students are ready on time and arrive with hands sanitised immediately before they get in the car. Having a hand sanitiser available to use throughout the lesson will likely become necessary too.

Where instructors have previously used the first part of a student lesson to take the previous student back home, it is likely that at least initially as lockdown restrictions are removed, this will no longer be permitted. 

We also expect that it will be an ongoing requirement to be asked to comply with track and trace rules and to ensure that should a student or instructor feel unwell, lessons are cancelled to avoid potential exposure to others.

It won’t be forever

While the restrictions can be frustrating for students and instructors alike, they will not last forever. While we’re unable to provide the same great service we usually do at the moment, we’re looking forward to being back on the road with both new and returning students soon.