Learning to drive with Parents or Friends.
Parents or friends who provide private practise are generally a great help to driving instructors and those learning to drive.
It is important to encourage as high a standard of driving behaviour as possible. Learner drivers prefer to stick to a high standard of driving, as then they are justifiably proud of their achievements, and they know that anything less will not do on the driving test.
Make sure you are legally safe.
Before accompanying a learner driver, you must make sure that you meet the minimum licence requirements, that you are over the age of 21 and that you have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.
You must also have the necessary insurance cover.
You are not just a passenger, but a supervisor, with responsibilties to the learner and other road users.
Sensible route planning is absolutely crucial in most stages of learning to drive, but especially important in the early stages. Do not expect too much from a novice driver. It is far better to gain experience in a progressive manner, start gently and gradually expand as skills increase. This can take time and there is no typical learner. People gain skills at different rates.
Inappropriate route choices will have a negative effect on the confidence of the learner driver, not least because he will know that there are no dual controls, in the event that things go wrong.
Avoid school times, rush hours, tricky roundabouts and junctions, keep them safe and positive, and they are off to a good start.
Make sure that the basic skills are in place and success will follow.
Keep your instructions simple. Do not overcomplicate with technical jargon. You may understand it, but your learner probably won’t.
Be patient. Things that you take for granted, can be difficult for a learner to get used to and it can take some time before things are understood, so avoid being short tempered or snappy, as this will have a negative effect.
When mistakes occur(and they will!) do not criticise, just explain what happened and how to put it right next time. Remember- learner drivers will not set out to do it wrong.
Your own skills.
Be sure you are familiar with the basic requirements of driving safely. You must understand the mirror- signal- manouevre routine, the importance of observation and blind spots and have a responsible attitude to road safety.
If you are not sure how to approach private practice, feel free to ask your driving instructor.
It’s usually a sensible approach to allow the student to have around five lessons with their driving instructor before starting private practice, as this will allow some of the vital, basic safety requirements to be understood. Try not to pressure the student into private practice, they may not yet be comfortable with the idea.
For those of you going ahead with private practice, the following series should be of help. Good luck!
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