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Having someone to take you out for private practice is a great way to improve your driving and can lead to you becoming ready for test standard sooner. Going out with friends or family allows you to put into practice what you have learnt from your instructor and also to gain some extra valuable experience. There are however some laws that must be followed to ensure that you and the accompanying driver, as well as other road users, are as safe as possible. For someone to accompany you in the car they must be at least 21 years old and have held a valid UK licence for a minimum of 3 years. You will also need to be insured on that vehicle as a learner driver and the vehicle must be taxed and have passed a recent MOT. As a learner driver you are required to clearly display L-Plates at both the front and rear of the vehicle so that they are clearly visible to other road users.

Advice for Private Tuition

  • Are you ready and confident in control of the car? - It is advised that you discuss private practice with your instructor before you begin going out in the car with friends or family. They will be the best placed to decide whether or not you are ready to be put in full control of the car.
  • Is the accompanying driver ready? - Are they confident enough to help you? Private practice can be extremely beneficial but first consider whether the person taking you out is ready to take you. You may find that the person accompanying is passing on bad habits or is out of touch with current UK laws and this may be more of a hindrance to your driving.
  • Those accompanying should always remain positive and helpful - Learners will always make mistakes but those providing private practice should be there to correct them and help them learn from those mistakes, not to criticize or demoralize someone who is just starting out. They should be there to encourage you.
  • Responsibility is on the individual accompanying - They need to accept that it is up to them to ensure that you are acting safely. They should be paying full attention to you and the road. Sobriety and mobile rules also apply.
  • No motorway driving - Learner drivers are not permitted under any circumstance to drive on British Motorways.
  • Be aware of the route - Those accompanying should be considerate of your ability and structure private practice appropriately, avoiding traffic or stressful areas you aren't up to. Allowing a new driver to become overwhelmed isn't helpful.

Remember, no matter how confident you are or how close to test standard you may be you must always be accompanied by someone until you've passed your test. Even as a learner driver you are still legally responsible for your actions and breaking the law will be punished in the same manner as a full licence holder.

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