I've had to cancel all my driving lessons scheduled today due to the snow that fell overnight and is still falling.
Many learner drivers might be upset about this and wonder why cancel a lesson when this would be a good chance to learn how to drive in this adverse weather conditions of icy roads or snow.
No driving instructor likes cancelling lessons because it is a loss of income to them, and many have weekly franchise fees to pay, so even if tuition is still given to the same person next week, there will be a shortfall in the current one, but a balance has to be made between being safe and earning a couple of extra pounds that could be easily wiped out if the car is involved in an accident.
There are many dangers that have to be dealt with when snow falls, and not all are suited to inexperiened learner drivers, ice leading to skidding, other road users not being cautious enough, black ice and the learner driver as well who could panic if something happens and brake suddenly causing the car to basically skate over the ice into another car.
For me as a driving instructor, the risks are too great, and I'd rather give up a few lessons, than have my car damaged, paying insurance excess and the resultant loss while I wait for a replacement dual controlled car.
Tomorrow is another day, though the weather forecast seems to be for more cold weather, and it is most likely the DSA test centre manager in Mill Hill will cancel one of my candidates driving test booked for tomorrow January 7th 2010! If you want to know if your assessment is going ahead, use the dsa phone number printed on your test confirmation letter.
Thinking about becoming an instructor? Don't just make a decision based on the red driving school TV advertisement, do the proper research and know all the ADI training options available to you.
Learning to drive in Snow.
Artic weather driving.
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