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Get The Best From Your Supervised Driving Lessons

Supervised Driving Lessons

Supervised driving lessons its important that you read our blog and follow all the tips and advice to keep you out of trouble before you get your driving licence. 

Having driving lessons with friends or family

Supervised driving lessons with friends or family or private practice as it is known, may be the only option for some budding learner drivers as driving schools and independent driving instructors continue to have long waiting lists.

For some this is to simply get started in learning the basics in car control and how to get the car moving and stopping. Many do these driving lessons in car parks or quiet areas such as the local park or maybe an industrial estate on a Sunday morning.

Supervised Driving Lessons with friends or family

Are you learning correctly?

Learning correctly and understanding what you are doing and why you are doing something is completely different to being told how to do something.

When you start learning to drive the goal is to pass your driving test and gain independence.

But simply driving how your friends and family now drive after passing their driving test is completely different to how you should learn to drive.

Learning to drive is not just about passing a test, it is about road safety.

And how you as a driver are responsible for your actions behind the wheel.

Your decisions and how you interact with other road users, planning in good time and being aware of your surroundings whilst looking for road signs and road markings and knowing what they mean.

Bad driver habits

When friends or family help with private practice, driving instructors can quickly discover what friends or family have been showing their student.

This is because many drivers after passing their driving test become more relaxed and start driving in their own way.

Without regard for their actions, to them it is simply going from point A to point B and hopefully they get to their destination safely.

Those with a driving licence may not check mirrors correctly or signal correctly, miss blind spot checks when they should be doing them.

Simple things like moving off, turn into a quick look in the interior mirror and driver door mirror and then going when there is a gap.

Using the wrong signal at roundabouts when taking the second exit or not even using a signal at all and just doing what they want.

Driving like they are in a rush and speeding, continually driving quicker than the speed limits.

Ask yourself – would the person giving you private practice pass their driving test again without the need for refresher driving lessons from a driving instructor?

Bad driving habits

Serious driving faults caused by friends or family

When you start learning to drive, there may be parts of certain aspects that you may find daunting.

Such as getting the car moving or driving at the correct speed or when to check mirrors and how often.

Operating the clutch and gears and understanding how and when to change.

Often 20 mph and 30 mph zones seem slower during your driving lesson than they do with friends or family.

There is a simple answer to this, it may be because for many years you have been a passenger in your friends or family car, looking at road signs and seeing the speed limit and assuming that as a passenger that is the speed you are going.

Subconsciously you are conditioned to match the surrounding speed with the speed limit.

When in fact you have been travelling faster than the speed limit it could be 5 mph or 10 mph over the speed limit, but to you that feels correct.

So, when you get into a driving school vehicle and start to drive at the correct speed, everything seems slow for the learner driver.

Which makes them feels like they are being a nuisance to those behind causing them to drive slowly.

But it’s the opposite the learner driver is driving correctly and it’s the drivers behind that are wanting to break the speed limit and overtake whenever and as soon as they can.

Often overtaking the tuition vehicle in unsafe situations causing oncoming traffic to have to break or swerve to avoid an accident. It is also common to then stop behind or next to that driver at the next set of traffic lights.

Are you learning to drive illegally!

When a learner driver is offered private practice, they jump at the chance to get behind the wheel and start learning to drive. A few things slip the mind of those offering private practice and those accepting private practice.

When the learner gets in the driving seat, they are responsible for everything and if stopped by police it is them that will be given fines and penalty endorsements (yes, penalty points will go on your provisional licence and carry over to your full licence)

We have compiled a simple checklist to keep both of you safe and legal.

  1.  The Car

Is the car that you are about to have private practice in safe to be on the road.

Does it have a valid and in date MOT?

Check for yourself

2. Tyres

Are the tyres in good condition, do they have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre without any cuts or bulges in the tyre wall. Check the inside of the tyres also by turning them full lock and looking to see if you can see the white thread beneath the rubber – if they do, you risk 3 points and fine per tyre that is illegal.

3. Road Tax

Is the vehicle road tax all up to date and has not run out.

Check the vehicle tax –

  1. Insurance

Is the learner driver covered or named on the insurance policy of the car owner. If not the learner driver could be given 6 penalty points and a fine.

As a learner driver you could get your own learner driver insurance policy which does not affect the car owner’s insurance policy.

Some insurance companies require the supervising driver to be over 25

You can get an unlimited fine, be banned from driving and given up to 8 penalty points for driving without insurance

Insurance is always required, even if just “having a go” in a car park or park.

5. The Supervising Driver

Is the supervising full licence holder legally allowed to give you driving lessons.

  • Held their UK driving licence for 3 or more years
  • Be over 21
  • Be qualified to drive the vehicle you want to learn in

You could get a £1000 fine and up to 6 penalty points on your provisional licence without the correct supervision.

  1. Mobile Phone

It is illegal for the supervising driver to use a mobile phone during your lesson.

Passenger on phone

  1. Learner Plates

You MUST display L plates on your vehicle when conducting a driving lesson

Using L plates

  • Must be a red L on a white background
  • Be the right size
  • MUST be placed on the front and back of your vehicle so they can be easily seen
  • Outside the vehicle and not inside windows or in areas that cannot be seen

L plate sizePosition of L plate


You could be given up to 6 penalty points if you do not display an L plate or if it is the correct size.

  1. Illegal roads

When supervising a learner driver be aware that a friend or family member is unable to take the learner on a motorway

  1. Speed Limits

In England, Scotland, and Wales the speed limits are the same as when you have passed your driving test.

This is everything that you need to get started when having supervised driving lessons with a friend or family member.

It is very important that you follow the rules to keep you and everyone around you safe.

Driving insurance for new drivers can be very high, imagine how difficult you may find getting insurance on your first car if you have endorsements from your provisional that have carried over to your full licence, not to mention the inflated premium that you will pay until they come off.

Endorsements can stay on your driving licence for up to 10 years depending on the severity of the offence.

Final Word - Driving Lessons

If you are having driving lessons with an instructor and having private practice, it is vital that during supervised driving lessons you continue to drive as you do with your driving instructor.

Although their may be easier ways of doing things when driving, these things usually become a serious or dangerous driving fault on your driving test. It will also cost you more in driving lessons to fix the faults that friends or family have shown you on your supervised lessons.