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"Learning during lockdown"

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Learning to drive during lockdown - how to keep your skills sharp without lessons

Learning to drive during lockdown - how to keep your skills sharp without lessons

Among the earliest aspects of life to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak was the UK’s driving test system. Even before the country was put into lockdown, theory and practical...

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Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

30th June 2020

Breaking news! Lessons to resume!

Your lessons will look slightly different when we return, in order to keep both pupils and instructors safe after the pandemic.
Have a look at our Covid policy here:
http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/.../coronavirus-policy-2...

Learners with test disruptions - Your test could come sooner than you realise, and it's key to get you back into the car and back up to speed after the lockdown period (Even i'm rusty at driving after a 3 month break!) The backlog of tests is absolutely massive as you would expect, so failing your test will put you to the back of an already long queue. When rebooking your test slot, give yourself enough time to fit in enough lessons to get back up to speed and become the best driver you can be, get it done first time and go enjoy that freedom!
I will be in contact with you in terms of dates/times of these rebooked tests so don't worry, I will be in touch.

Current learners - Much of your day to day life may have changed, perhaps you're not in college every day now, or working different days/hours compared to what you were before the lockdown. I will be in touch with you all individually to ensure you get a slot for lessons that is either the same as before lockdown, or suits your current situation. Again, dont worry, I will be in touch.

New learners - With the DVSA shutting down pretty much everything since March, this has had a massive effect on our students passing their tests, and creating availability for you. Rest assured you have not been forgotton and we will be in touch as soon as a space opens for you. We thank you for your patience during this strange time!

If you have any questions on anything at all regarding getting back behind the wheel, please don't hesitate to message the page

See you all soon!
Mike

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Tag: School News

25th June 2020

In the House of Commons today.

Greg Smith MP - Buckingham

With the good news this week that further parts of our economy can re-open from 4th July, a particular sector left wondering when they can return to work are driving instructors.

I have been contacted by a number of instructors in the constituency, such as Tom Matthews of Viking school of motoring in Buckingham, setting out comprehensive measures he has taken to be Covid-secure and reporting a long queue of customers wanting him to teach them to drive.

Whilst it is right the economy is re-opened cautiously and following the science, this morning I called on the government to ensure statements are made to the House of Commons as soon as possible to give the thousands of driving instructors in our country the guidance they need to understand when and how they may be able to return to work too.

The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg) replied:

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question. Driving instructors are one of the unseen engines of the country. They train future generations of drivers, and I hope they can resume their important work safely as soon as possible.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency chief executive will be writing to all approved driving instructors on 25 June, setting out plans to restart driver testing and to help them to return to a life that is as close to normal as possible, as quickly and as fairly as possible, in a way that avoids a second peak of infections.

From 4 July, I am happy to say that people will be able to take driving lessons on a motorcycle, or in a car, lorry or bus, and there will be a phased approach to resuming practical testing, so learners have the opportunity to practise before taking a test. But he can raise this with the Secretary of State for Transport on 2 July.

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Tag: School News

25th June 2020

How could a signal be misleading?
A fun Theory Thursday today!

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/theory-thursday.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

25th June 2018

BBC Breakfast this morning. Huge well done to Joe and Sasha for taking time to support up in raising the awareness.

Driving Instructors COVID Struggle on BBC Breakfast

Chris Bensted - Developing Information & the Driver Trainer Community

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Tag: School News

25th June 2020

"Totally Unacceptable" speeding in todays top tip.
How not to do it!

https://inews.co.uk/…/speeding-lockdown-uk-police-patrol-ro...

Speeding during lockdown: Police actively patrolling hotspots as UK drivers flout speed limits on quieter roads

Speeding during lockdown: Police actively patrolling hotspots as UK drivers flout speed limits on quieter roads

‘Such driving behaviour is totally unacceptable,’ said a Met Police spokesperson, highlighting the risk of hurting NHS and key workers...

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Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

23rd June 2020

How could a signal be misleading?
A fun Theory Thursday today!

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/theory-thursday.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

18th June 2020

From the Highway Code:
You should leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops. The safe rule is never to get closer than the overall stopping distance.

https://youtu.be/Sr48lbSlOfo

Boris Johnson car crash, PM in minor collision after protester runs in front of convoy.

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Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

18th June 2020

We’ve seen speeds of up to 151mph clocked on the M1, 134mph in a 40mph zone...'

https://metro.co.uk/.../driver-caught-163mph-motorway-speedi.../

View more at www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/top-tip-tuesday.html

Driver caught at 163mph as ‘extremely dangerous driving’ continues in lockdown

Driver caught at 163mph as ‘extremely dangerous driving’ continues in lockdown

A driver was caught at an eye-watering 163mph on the M1 as problems with speeding continue during the coronavirus lockdown...

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Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

16th June 2020

Gareth Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) could not say when lessons and tests will start again.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/.../driving-examiners-told-wear-glov...

Here's hoping lockdown restrictions lifting will shed some light on getting back behind the wheel!

Gareth Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) could not say when lessons and tests will start again.

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16th June 2020

***Important Announcement***

Rescheduled driving tests to be put "On Hold"

This means your rescheduled driving test will NOT go ahead on the date planned.

If you haven't received an email to this end, please feel free to give me a call.

We WILL get there, I promise!

Mike

Tag: School News

15th June 2020

More theory tests postponed, now in line with Scotland and Wales (though they got told that last month!)
If your theory has been rescheduled then feel free to text me, I'm here to help

Concerns that danger drivers are using lockdown to turn rural roads into 'racetracks'

Tag: School News

12th June 2020

Hazard lights and their correct use
Answers in the inbox as usual

View more Theory Thursday posts at www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/theory-thursday.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

11th June 2020

Rural Racetracks?
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/.../18420952.concerns.../

View more at www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/top-tip-tuesday.html

Concerns that danger drivers are using lockdown to turn rural roads into 'racetracks'

Concerns that danger drivers are using lockdown to turn rural roads into 'racetracks'

THE Nation-wide lockdown is being exploited by anti-social drivers, who are using quiet rural roads as their own racetracks...

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Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

9th June 2020

More theory test cancellations up to 14th June (check for any emails if you think you have been affected!)
As usual, any help needed feel free to ask

Tag: School News

5th June 2020

There’s no "official" set date when we return back to work yet.
Once lessons start again, we're in for a busy time!
If you want to get started with your lessons please message sooner rather than later, and we will be able to confirm you a slot when the world reopens!

If you’re a key worker we might be able to help you out sooner. Call or message us for more info.

If you have any questions regarding theory tests or your practical test booking, feel free to contact us, and we will try or best to help you out.

Tag: School News

5th June 2020

Overtaking on today's theory teaser
Can you think of any examples from the Hazard Perception test?

More Theory Thursday http://www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/index.html

Tag: Theory Thursday

4th June 2020

More theory tests reschedueled....
Looks like they're being cancelled bit by bit.
Keep an eye on your emails if you have one booked!
As usual, if there's any help you need, drop me a message

Tag: School News

3rd June 2020

An interesting read on the various definitions of an "Essential drive"
https://www.express.co.uk/.../Can-I-drive-as-exercise-during-...

View more at www.mikesdrivinglessons.co.uk/blog/top-tip-tuesday.html

Can I drive as exercise during lockdown?

Can I drive as exercise during lockdown?

EXERCISING is permitted once per day during the lockdown - but does that include driving?...

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Tag: Top Tip Tuesday

2nd June 2020

Theory Tests on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd June to be rescheduled.
(I really hope we're not gunna do this in 2 day blocks as that's gunna be a lot of updates and screenshots!)

Please share about

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1st June 2020

 

 

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