Supervising a learner driver is a serious commitment. Often you will be responsible for the safety of a close family member and hold the key to a lifetime of safe driving. Your influence in the vehicle can determine the speed of the education process and the best practises for safe driving. Providing a calm environment is important and demonstrating patience will help the learner to relax.
To be eligible as a driving supervisor you must meet a set of legal requirements described below,
Supervising Driver Law.
· Must be aged 21 or over.
· Hold a full driving licence for a minimum of three years.
· Ensure the vehicle is in a safe condition.
· Meet the DVLA standards to eyesight.
· Clearly display L plates on the vehicle.
The age and three year minimum requirement are intended to provide the supervisor with significant driving experience. A person who has just passed their test is likely to be unqualified to supervise another driver. The condition of the car includes, Tax, MOT and Service and the L plates should be applied each time the learner drives the vehicle but not when the supervisor is commuting alone. As of the 20th September 2001 the DVLA states a number plate must be read from 20 metres and the eyes have an adequate field of vision.
If you are able to meet the legal requirements for supervising a driver you may turn your attention towards how you can improve the learning experience. Driving tuition is no easy task and the learner’s road safety is your responsibility, you may wish to refer to the tips below.
Tips for Supervising Learners
1. 1 If there is safe off road spot you can take the learner for their first driving experience this would be a good opportunity to teach them the basics of car control including gears and steering.
2. Keep up to date with all the latest road laws and pass on this knowledge even if it is minor as it will avoid bad habits.
3. Create a positive learning environment by encouraging the student and offering constructive criticism when mistakes are made.
4. Accept responsibility for mistakes; try to ease the burden of responsibility by mentioning how you can help the driver improve further.
5. Outline a clear route before driving the vehicle, concise directions ease the learners mind from the route they are taking.
6. Communicate regularly with the drivers; discuss road safety laws and vehicle manoeuvres to keep them focused on driving.
7. Keep record of your supervision, making notes on which areas can be improved and certain incidents a learner may wish to improve on.
8. Avoid showing bad habits to the learner, they will see this and use it in their own driving.
9. Repeat instructions slowly and calmly, demonstrating patience and care.
10. Offer praise when the driver is successful and keep them focused on the goal of passing the practical test.
If you require advice on Motoring Offences or changes to DVLA legislation, you may wish to contact a qualified Motoring Solicitor.