Here at Intuition Driver Training we recommend that, if it’s possible, you try and get some private practice in alongside your driving lessons. This isn’t because you’ll need it – plenty of people pass without any extra private practice – but it does help.
Additional private driving practice, supervised by a parent or friend, will help you to practice what you’re being taught during you lessons in a wider range of driving situations.
Make sure that the private practice is coordinated with the professional lessons. We suggest that you talk to your driving instructor and work together with them. They will be able to advise you on when is the best time to start the private practice; this may be after the first few driving lessons so that you can get comfortable with the car's controls in a dual-controlled car first.
Once you start, if possible aim to go out for private practice at least once for every professional lesson.
It is also a very good idea to plan your practice drives in advance. By having planned and structured approach to private practice, you can build up your experience steadily and safely.
This can help to reduce the risk that you will be involved in an accident once you are are able to drive unsupervised.
Anyone you practice your driving with (apart from your instructor) must:
- be over 21
- be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in, eg they must have a manual car licence if they’re supervising you in a manual car
- have had their full driving licence for 3 years (from countries in the European Union or European Economic Area)
You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points on your provisional licence if you drive without the right supervision! You can drive with as many passengers as the vehicle can legally hold, but it is illegal for your supervisor to use a mobile phone while supervising you.
You also need to make sure that you have your own insurance as a learner driver if you’re practicing in a car you own. If you’re practicing in someone else’s car, you need to make sure their insurance policy covers you as a learner driver. Remember that some insurance companies require the person supervising you to be over 25 years old.
If you need any more information on this, you can wither call us or ask your instructor before or at the end of your next lesson