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Driving during COVID-19 the do’s and don’ts

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Chloe Martell

May 14, 2020

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I think it’s fair to say that the impact of Coronavirus in the UK is substantial and the rules that we have to follow often change which means sometimes, we can be confused about what we can and cannot do. To help, we’ve pulled together some advice to help young drivers on the roads during this time. It’s worth noting that currently the flexibility on driving in lockdown has been lifted for England only – restrictions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland still remain. We will try to keep this page updated with all the latest advice.

The most recent advice from the government suggests that you can drive for the purposes of:

  • Getting to work if you are unable to work from home or to provide charitable services
  • Visiting other destinations for exercise and essential appointments
  • Shopping for essentials, groceries or medical supplies
  • To provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, including to provide emergency assistance
  • To fulfil a legal obligation including attending court or to participate in legal proceedings
  • To collect goods which have been ordered from a business in any way permitted
  • To use a waste or recycling centre
  • Donating blood
  • Attending a funeral
  • To move house where reasonably necessary

This is provided that you:

  • Stay at home as much as you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Of course, these rules are changing day to day and depending on many things, restrictions may be eased more or tightened again so be sure to keep up to date with government news and advice.

The above advice is for drivers – there has been no specific advice about learner drivers, however, the guidelines suggest driving would be acceptable provided that they are accompanied by a member of their household (over 21 years old who has held a full driving licence for 3 years or more – if you’re driving with a Marmalade Learner Insurance policy, the supervising driver should be aged over 25). 

If you or anyone in your household has had symptoms, you should self-isolate, so in these circumstances, you should not drive.

Read the Prime Minister’s address and the government website for the latest information. If you are a driver in Scotland or Wales, the rules around driving may differ, please check the gov.scot website or the gov.wales website for their specific advice.

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