PRIVATE PRACTICE • The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recommends that learner drivers get as much driving practice as possible in addition to professional lessons • Lack of experience is one of the key factors in causing 1 in 5 young drivers to have a collision within the first six months of passing their test* • 98% of learners drivers say they would like more practice in ‘real-life’ situations** For everyone’s safety the new driver must have some basic car control and awareness skills before you set off together. Some learners will be ready for private practice after just a couple of lessons, others may not be ready for some time, everyone is different. Your driving instructor will be able to advise on when the learner is ready to practise outside of formal driving lessons. An instructor may use the following as a guide to help you know when the time is right: The learner driver can: Start – Stop – Steer The learner has the basic ability to follow instructions The learner driver has a basic understanding of junctions, road position, car control and gears • You must be at least 21 years old to accompany a learner driver and some insurers may require accompanying drivers to be 25+ • You must have held a full, valid UK driving licence for at least three years for the type of vehicle the learner is driving • You must adhere to the same rules as if you were driving – ie it’s illegal to be over the drink drive limit or to use a mobile phone • An ‘L’ plate must be displayed (or a ‘D’ in Wales) when the learner is driving • The car must be insured for the learner to drive it, either by being named on someone else’s policy or by holding their own, learner driver insurance • An uninsured learner may only drive on private land that is not accessible to the public with the permission of the land owner 17 Why it’s good for learners to practise driving outside their lessons with a driving instructor Legal stuff Before your first drive together * Brake/ RAC ** Based on an online survey of 181 Marmalade Learner Driver Insurance policy holders