Learning to drive with family and friends
Learning to drive with parents, other family and friends can improve your chance of passing the driving test
Why you need additional practice?
The DVSA, the people who set the driving test; say learner drivers who receive about 20 hours of driving practice with parents or a friend between driving lessons are more likely to pass at the first attempt.
Who can supervise you while you’re learning to drive?
- Have sufficient experience and be a qualified driver.
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Hold a valid GB – NI or EU driving licence.
- Have held the licence for at least three years.
Tips for teaching a learner driver
Learning to drive with friends and family can be a stressful time for both the person supervising and the learner driver, especially if:
- You, the supervising driver has not given driving instruction before.
- The car being driven by the Learner is your pride and joy.
Don’t relax too much! Be prepared for any hazard or emergency. You won’t have dual control, so you do need to put your trust in the learner driver.
Be consistent! Be clear and precise with your directions and give the Learner Driver plenty of notice.
Choose the routes carefully. Take routes that are considerate to the learner driver and remember it is illegal for learners to go on motorways.
Learner driver insurance
When you are receiving lessons from your driving instructor, you will be insured by the driving school. However, when learning to drive with family or friends, you must be insured to drive the car. There are several ways of doing this.
- Drive on the insurance of the person supervising you.
- Take out your own learner driver insurance for driving a car belonging to someone else.
- If you already own your own car and would like to learn in this, you can take out learner driver insurance for your own car.
The “Drivers Record”
The “Drivers Record” is for teaching someone to drive and is published by the DVSA. The Drivers Record will assist the learner and the person supervising to keep track with progress when learning to drive.
Download the DVSA Driver Record here.
Penalty points – be careful
You can be fined and get penalty points on your provisional driving licence – even before you have passed your test:
- If you drive without the right supervision.
- If you commit a traffic offence such as speeding.
So be prepared: learn the Highway Code and be a responsible driver. Learning to drive with family and friends can help to reinforce what you cover in your driving lessons.
You need to display ‘L’ Plates (or ‘D’ plates in Wales) at all times on both the front and back of the car. The plates need to be removed or covered when a full licence holder is driving.[/twocol_one]
A good idea is for the supervising driver to use removable rear view and wing mirrors, like those fitted to driving school cars. These temporary mirrors will give good driving visibility from the passenger seat.
Uninsured driving – having your licence revoked
If caught driving a car you’re not insured for, you could receive; a fixed penalty fine of £300, and 6 penalty points.
If a driver has 6 or more points on their provisional license then if they get 1 or more points after passing their test within 24 months their license will be revoked. If they keep a clean record for 24 months after passing their test, the points will remain on their license until three years after the offence.
Having six penalty points before passing their test will not lead to the license being revoked only getting additional points will.