The value of practice driving lessons cannot be understated. You’re much more likely to pass your driving test first time if you can get some extra hours of private driving practice in your own car.
In addition, practice lessons will give you the opportunity to drive in a range of weather and light conditions and on a mix of different road types. So long as you follow our top tips to make sure your practice sessions are safe and legal, this extra driving experience will complement your driving lessons perfectly.
Continue reading to see our 8 top tips for private driving practice — and read all the way to the bottom to get our bonus tip!
8 top tips to get the most from your private driving practice
Legal requirements for private driving practice
Before you arrange your own private practice, there are some important things to be aware of. The following rules are legal requirements that must be followed. Whatever you do, don’t start your driving career with a criminal record!
Requirements for the supervising driver
The supervising driver must:
- Have held a full UK License for more than 3 years
- Be over the age of 21
- Give you their full attention at all times. They must not use a mobile phone whilst you’re on the move
- Be in a fit state to drive. They mustn’t be too tired to drive, nor under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Requirements for the pupil under tuition
The learner driver must:
- Display ‘L’ plates clearly at both the front and rear of their car
- Make sure their car is properly insured for them to drive
- Ensure their car is taxed and holds a current MOT
- Hold a current provisional licence
The learner is also advised to:
- Buy an internal mirror for the supervising driver to use
- Remove any clutter and distractions from the vehicle. Lose the fluffy dice, and turn the radio off!
Your driving instructor will be able to tell you when you are ready to begin your own private driving practice sessions. This will normally be once you have reached Level 2 of our structured driver training course in all skill areas.
At this stage, you will no longer need your instructor to talk you through each driving skill and you will feel confidently in control of the vehicle.
There are several requirements that have to be met by both the supervising driver and the learner driver in order to ensure they are driving legally. There are also several core skills that have to be mastered before a learner can even jump into the driving seat without their instructor.
However, the benefits of gaining driving experience in your own vehicle makes all the preparation worthwhile. Provided you follow our top tips above – and listen carefully to your instructor’s advice – you will stand a much better chance of passing your test sooner!