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Driver Training Industry Roundabout, 02 September 2020

This week the DVSA announce that new driving tests are unable to be booked until Monday, September 7th, we collated recommendations from leading driving instructors and trainers on what learners should know before starting lessons, the AA say to expect a 10% increase in school run traffic and risk assessments made easy from The DITC.

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Driving Tests Booking Closed Until Monday, September 7th

The DVSA website was updated to show new driving tests cannot be booked until next week. This comes after last week's booking service showed queues of over 240,000 people and their telephone lines for Theory and Practical Test helpline still have over 2 hour queues.

Over 375,000 tests are expected to be made available by Monday the 14th of September, bookable from 8am.

What Learner Drivers Should Know Before Getting in a Car

We've been interviewing driving instructors at GoRoadie for a long time.

We took the best advice from leading instructors and instructor trainers to create a guide for learners, that we think would be a good source for instructors to share with their new students, for what learners should know before they get into your car for the first time.

The tips include helping pupils and parents understand driving is a skill for life, getting a jump-start on theory and knowing it's okay to make mistakes.

Read the post here.

Expect a 10% Increase in School Run Traffic

An article in the Sunday Times warns of a spike in road traffic, due to restrictions on public caused by COVID-19.

A number of parents aren't happy to send their kids to school on the bus, so instead are opting to drive them in.

If you can, more so than usual, try to keep your lessons away from schools at the beginning and end of the school day.

Risk Assessments Made Easy

The Driving Instructor and Trainers Collective note that risk assessment is a real life skill during the Coronavirus epidemic.

The team put together a document with helpful tips as something that can be a stress for some who are left without guidance and knowing it's a legal requirement.

Their 5 steps to risk assessment, include:

  • Identify
  • Analyse
  • Remedy
  • Record anything significant
  • Revisit as needed

You can access the full guide by becoming a The DITC member. The DITC is a premium driving instructor community that provides career guidance, industry updates, membership discounts and more, all for £6 per month.