Can I Supervise a Learner Driver?

At DRIVE Driving School, we promote private driving practice as a fundamental part of learning to drive. It allows learner drivers to gain experience on the roads, in their own time, whilst supervised by driver with a full licence.

This means you can get driving with the help of a family member or a friend. But before you embark on your private practice, we thought we’d discuss the full requirements of an accompanying driver.

What the law says about being an accompanying driver

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The law states that all learner drivers in the UK must be supervised when they’re learning to drive a car, either by a qualified driving instructor or someone who meets the legal requirements.

To supervise a learner driver whilst they learn, you must:

– Be over 21.

– Be qualified to drive the type of vehicle that they are learning in (e.g. They must have a manual car licence if they are supervising a learner in a manual car).

– Have had their full driving licence for 3 years (from countries in the European Union or European Economic Area).

More tips about supervising a learner driver

– Always make sure the learner driver is insured to drive the car they’re practicing in.

– Always make sure you have L-plates displayed clearly on your car when the learner driver is driving.

– Learner drivers are not allowed to drive on the motorway.

– It’s an offence for the supervising driver to be on their mobile phone whilst supervising a learner driver.