Supervising a learner...
Supervising a learner can be a rewarding experience for both the accompanying driver and the learner.
Studies show that learners who get private practice get to test standard more quickly.
If you are going to supervise your child, or somebody else, ask yourself honestly whether your own driving skills are up to scratch? Could you pass today's driving test? Learners pick up habits and attitudes from parents and siblings and it is particularly important to set a good example. You may wish to consider taking an evaluation drive or a refresher course.
As the learner's supervisor you have certain rules and responsibilities that must be taken seriously:
- You must be at least 21 years of age
- You must have held a valid full licence for the type of vehicle being driven for at least 3 years (periods of disqualification may not be included as the licence will not have been valid during the disqualification period)
- To supervise in a car with a manual gearbox you must have a full licence for a manual gearbox car
- You must be able to meet the minimum eyesight requirements for car drivers
- The vehicle must be roadworthy, have a current MOT if required, taxed (VED - Vehicle Excise Duty) and insured for the learner to drive. Some insurance policies state a minimum age for a person supervising a learner, ie 25 years of age.
- L plates must be displayed, visible to front and rear and without obstructing windows. L plates should be removed when the car is not being driven by a learner
- The same alcohol and drug limits apply as if you are driving. New drug limits have been introduced and some, for illegal drugs, are so low to be virtually zero tolerance. If you are worried because you take prescription drugs you can find more info by clicking here
- You must not charge for supervising unless you are an Approved Driving Instructor displaying a green certificate, or you are a Trainee Driving Instructor displaying a pink trainee licence
- You must not use a handheld mobile phone whilst supervising and you are advised not to use a handsfree set
You will need to give even more focus and attention than if you were driving.
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