Practicing with Friends or Family

Test standard can be achieved sooner if you are getting additional practice with a family member or friend, but it is very important that the following points are considered:

  • The vehicle to be used must be insured to cover the learner driver.

  • The person accompanying the learner must be at least 21 and have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.

  • The vehicle must clearly display 'L' plates on the front and back of the car.

  • Don't begin private practice until the pupil has reached a suitable standard with an Instructor.  Talk to the Instructor, he will advise you of the pupils level of progress and help you understand the approach which should be taken.

  • Use private tuition to practice the things covered in your Instructor lessons.

  • Try to make your private practice as similar to your Instructor lessons as possible and arrange specific times for private practice.

  • Take the person you will be practicing with on an Instructor lesson, we will be happy to advise him/her on the best way forward with your practice.

  • Abbey Driving School use a pupil record system in which we monitor pupils progress.  We would be happy to give you an up to date copy in order to assist with your practice.

  • While practicing, the qualified driver should be patient and understanding of the learner.  What seems simple and straight forward to an experienced driver can be very confusing to someone who is inexperienced. 

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