Learning To Drive A Guide For Family And Friends

Practice makes perfect, so when your driving instructor thinks you are ready, why not get more practice with family or a friend.

Note:- Learners driving a car must hold a valid provisional licence. They must be supervised by someone at least 21 years old who holds a full licence and has held one for at least three years.


You will need insurance to drive a vehicle. Car insurance, much like navel fluff, is dull but unavoidable.Don’t be a ‘blithering idiot’, don’t leave home without it. More information on car insurance can be found here. You can now have an Insurance policy you can drive almost any car, when you need it, from as short as a week. Drive your parents, grandparents, friends or relatives car without any risk to their insurance. Just take out a policy for each vehicle when you need it.

You will find some helpful practice hints for family and friends helping a person to learn to drive at our practice driving tips page. A wise parent or friend will seek the help of reliable professionals in preparing a person for the complex

world of the car and traffic. It’s not enough for today’s family/friends to learn as their parents did. The driving world they enter is far too intense to tackle without serious preparation.

Learning to drive a car safely and efficiently in modern traffic involves much more than training to pass a government road test and get a license. However, this is a necessary first stage. Government driver examiners want to ensure that the new driver has adequate control over the vehicle, knows the rules of the road and the correct procedures for managing a vehicle in traffic, and can make safe decisions.
The professional instructor is skilled in teaching these basics. Your role as parent/co-driver is to reinforce what the instructor teaches and provide practice time. Attitude determines how knowledge and skills will be used. It determines whether a driver will be cooperative or competitive in traffic. So your biggest contribution to your family/friends safety and effectiveness behind the wheel will be your example. Patience, courtesy, and a willingness to improve will be your best assets.

Now is the time to review your own driving habits and offer your family/friend the example of courtesy and consideration for other road users. This may do more than anything else to ensure your family/friend driving safety.

Random driving around during practice sessions can be dangerous. It’s all too easy for the novice driver to get into trouble, particularly in the early stages. Before getting into traffic be sure that your family/friend has good coordination with hands and feet. Until the novice is sure of the pedals, the danger of hitting the wrong pedal in a panic situation is always present. It’s important to plan practice sessions. Decide where to go and what you are going to do before setting out. Take some care in selecting a suitable area. A large deserted car park is ideal for the initial sessions because it allows the beginner to concentrate fully on the feel of the controls and the response of the car.

For the initial road sessions find the quietest roads possible. Your family/friend will learn the correct road and traffic procedures from the professional instructor. Your job will be to provide good feedback while he practices these procedures. Accurate lane driving and positioning for turns, good signal timing, and good road sense are the basic ingredients for passing the government road test. These will be learned more effectively by driving around the block with somebody who provides good feedback than by hours of random driving on highway or streets. On the other hand, a co-driver who allows the novice driver to get away with faults or who provides poor feedback may hold back the learning process considerably.