When you supervise a learner driver with private practice outside of your driving lessons with BookInstructor, you’re part of the process of making them a safe driver.
It’s a team effort involving you, your learner and their driving instructor.
In this section you can find out about:
The main ways you can help your learner driver are to:
A learner driver starts going from being a novice to competent, safe driver by:
Learning to drive takes a lot longer than most people realise.
45 hours of driving lessons with a driving instructor on average to pass
22 hours of extra private practice between driving lessons on average to pass
Most people learn to drive with a driving instructor. Driving instructors are professionals who are trained to teach driving skills in a structured manner to suit differing abilities. Here at BookInstructor we have a massive selection of instructors and there should be several in your area to help you begin lessons.
Many people only have a 1-hour or 2-hour driving lesson each week. This can limit their experience to driving at the same time of day and over the same types of road.
If you meet the rules, you can help by being a supervising driver during private practice between driving lessons.
You’ll help your learner get more practice and gain wider experience of the varied driving conditions they’re likely to meet once they’ve passed their driving test.
Once you’re ready to take on this responsibility, you need to think about developing the skills of your learner – know their limits and do not attempt any driving that will be beyond their ability.
You can also help your learner by encouraging them to only take their driving test when they’re ready to pass.
It’s the best way of them:
Never encourage the learner to “just give it a go”. If they take their test before they’re ready and fail, they:
52 out of every 100driving tests were failed in Great Britain during October 2023
Driving instructors are specially trained to help people learn to drive.
They’ve got lots of driving and teaching experience and knowledge. It’s unlikely that you’ll have the same level of experience and knowledge.
Their advice is invaluable.
Work as a team with the driving instructor to help your learner. Support the advice the driving instructor gives. Explain to your learner that:
There are rules about:
You can supervise a family member or friend who is learning to drive if:
If the learner will be driving your car, they must either:
If you’ll be supervising the learner in their own car, they must:
Some insurance companies require the person supervising a learner driver to be over 25 years old. Check the insurance policy before the learner drives with you.
A learner driver can get an unlimited fine, a driving ban and up to 8 penalty points if they drive without insurance.
It’s illegal to accept any payment, including money for fuel, when you’re supervising someone who’s learning to drive privately at home.
You must follow these rules during all practice sessions with a learner driver.
You must not hold and use a mobile phone, tablet or sat nav.
This includes to text, make calls, take photos and use websites or apps.
You must not go on motorways.
Learner drivers can only drive on motorways with an approved driving instructor (ADI) in a car fitted with dual controls
You must not have a breath alcohol or blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit.
Do not drink and supervise a learner, as it will seriously affect your judgement and abilities
You must not be under the influence of drugs or medicine.
This includes having illegal drugs or certain medicines in your blood above specified limits.
As a supervising driver, you’ll be helping your learner have more practice and gain wider experience of the varied driving conditions they’re likely to meet once they’ve passed their driving test.
You’re helping a new driver to gain skills that will help to keep them safe for many years to come.
It might not be as easy to do as you think. But there are different places you can get help.
Be guided by the learner’s driving instructor.
Ask the driving instructor to tell you when your learner is ready to start practising between lessons.
Starting too soon may be unnerving for both you and the learner. That could lead to anything from a loss of confidence through to a serious loss of control.
The driving instructor can:
Record the private driving practice you do to keep track of the learner’s progress. Ask the learner to show the record to their driving instructor at their next lesson.
Continue to talk to the driving instructor for advice about what to include in your next practice sessions.
We have published detailed guidance to help you supervise a learner driver between driving lessons. It includes:
The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive book
This book has almost 200 pages packed with detailed information on the driving test and how best to prepare. It will help both the learner driver and you.
It includes more than 60 pages of advice and tips for supervising drivers to help you plan practice sessions.
It will help you to support your learner with skills including:
Enter code TP20 at the checkout to get the book for £7.99 plus shipping – it’s about one-quarter of the average cost of a one-hour driving lesson.
and published in accordance with the open Government licence 3.0: