The UK set to ban use of mobile phones when driving.

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The UK set to ban use of mobile phones when driving. 

The government is set to update the law to ban drivers in the UK from using mobile phones at all whilst driving. The current law states drivers are not allowed to send texts or make calls when driving. 

However it is not illegal to do other activities, such as scroll through music, play games or take photos from behind the wheel. 

The government has said the change is due to come into law after a 12 week public consultation. The new law will allow police to take intermediate action if they see a driver holding or using a phone at the wheel.

 

 The offence could lead to a £200 fine and six points. 

 

When driving you will still be able to use your phone as a sat nav as long as you’re not physically holding the phone. Buying a mount for your window or dash board will make sure that the phone is hands free. 

Police can prosecute for driving without due care and attention if they see a motorist touching the device to type in instructions whilst at the wheel. If you need to reset the sat nav, pull over where safe to do so and type type these instructions.

In 2019, there were 637 casualties on Britain’s roads. These included 18 deaths and 135 serious injuries.

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Returning back to school and university

Returning School

Returning to school or University may feel intimidating after the lockdown period.

Having to self-isolate and go into lockdown is not something that the younger generation has ever witnessed before. Going back to education can be a scary jump for many, as life after lockdown in the classroom will be a lot different from what they are used to.

Social distancing and safety measures will be in place, including:

  • Staggering the start and close time of the school day, so that students are not pilled together leaving and entering.
  • Staggering mealtimes, so that there are fewer students together at a set time when having lunch.
  • Moving classes to temporary spaces or outdoors, to help students to get fresh air and not be closed in a confined space.
  • Holding school in shifts, to reduce class size. Using a different timetable method, having shorter school days.

Water and hygiene facilities will be an important part in the return process. Places to stop and wash or sanitize hands should be spread around the school and easy to access.

Hand sanitizer should be available when leaving and entering classrooms, and desks, stationary and resources should be wiped clean before and after using them.

Remember to be safe and respectful to others when returning to education, keep a distance from classmates, and maintain hygiene.

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Lockdown affects on lessons – student driving lessons

As we are all aware due to the current climate, the certainty of things in day to day life has become lesser. This means that activities such as going to the gym, getting your favorite beauty treatments, and learning to drive have been affected.driving lesson

 How have driving lessons been affected?

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the lockdown lessons stopped for non-key workers and also key workers who didn’t have a test booked in. This meant that a lot of people who were progressing toward being ready for the test were stopped in their tracks which can have a big effect on student driving lessons.

For students who were close to passing this can be a stressful and uncertain time, lessons resumed for all non-key workers on the 6th of July but due to the restrictions put in place by the government, everything became a bit different. When in the vehicle all learners are required to wear a face mask unless exempt for medical reasons. The instructors are having to take time between lessons in order to fully wipe down any surfaces in the car and ensure that they are taking all precautions necessary.

It can be scary for people to return to life how it was pre-COVID-19 and also starting lessons after a break can cause a lot of back steps. 

What can you do to improve?

In order to improve your driving after lockdown ensure that you are having regular lessons with your instructor and that you are going back over anything you may have forgotten during the break. Do not feel embarrassed or like you’re not progressing if you have to go over something a few times, we all make mistakes!

What is happening with tests?

All practical and theory tests were stopped unless you were a key-worker who had an emergency test booked in. Tests resumed from the 22nd July. The DVSA is prioritizing anyone who had their test canceled during lockdown and ensuring that they are given the opportunity to rebook first but they are going to announce when people can book in a new test.

We have a variety of student driving lesson courses available on our website.

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