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How to Help Your Son or Daughter Pass Their Driving Test

Many parents choose to take their kids out for a few practice rides in between lessons. Make sure you read our advice on how you can help them pass their driving test.

by Louise Thomas

Learning to drive is a big moment for both you and your child. As the one with the driving experience you are likely to be involved in their journey.

Most learner drivers choose to have lessons with a professional driving instructor. They’ll be an expert in the latest driving rules and can help your teen pass their test. However, the DVSA says the average learner driver needs an additional 22 hours practice with friends or family. This will help them get more important on-road experience.

Even the most experienced driver will pick up bad habits over the course of a few decades. The driving test has also changed quite a bit over the years. Take a look at our advice on how you can help your son or daughter pass.

Make sure you meet the legal requirements for supervising a learner driver

To supervise a learner driver you must:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Have a full, valid driving licence, which you have held for at least 3 years, for the type of car (automatic or manual) being driven

Brush up on The Highway Code

Make sure you are up to date with road traffic laws before setting out with your learner driver. At the very least you should re-familiarise yourself with The Highway Code. This essential reading for road users can be picked up for a few pounds, or you can read it for free here.

Talk to their instructor

They will be able to let you know what has been covered in lessons and also when the learner is ready to start practising with you. They will also be able to give you some personalised tips on how you can best help your child develop their skills.

Stay calm

If you shout or make non constructive comments, the only effect you will have is stressing out your learner driver and knocking their confidence. Try using the praise – constructive criticism – praise method instead. The ROSPA have a handy guide on helping young people learn to drive available online free.

Set a good example

It’s important to practice what you preach! It’s much harder to ask a learner driver to follow what you’re telling them if they see you doing the opposite every day.

Remember the basics: Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre

Driving tests today are often said to be much stricter than in previous years. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of the skills the examiner will be looking for. Ensure your learner is sticking to these rules and not forgetting the basics like Mirrors-Signal-Manoeuvre. Excellent all-round observation is the key to passing the practical driving test.

Prepare your car

As supervisor to a learner driver it is your responsibility to make sure the car is in a safe and legal condition. Involving the learner in your pre-drive checks (tyres, lights, windscreen wash etc.) is a great way to help them prepare for their test. During the their practical test they will be asked to display this knowledge. To help you keep an eye on their driving you can pick up an interior rear-view mirror for the passenger side for just a few pounds.

Prepare your route in advance

Always make the most out of the practice sessions with your learner driver. To help you do this you should make an effort to plan your route in advance. Try and include as many different types of road and driving conditions as possible, e.g. single and dual carriageways, urban and rural roads, daylight and darkness. This will help the driver become confident driving in all scenarios.

Make sure the learner driver is insured

Driving without insurance could land your kid in big trouble, earning them 6 penalty points and a fine – not a great start to their driving career!

Luckily with Veygo you can cover a learner to drive your car for as little as two hours, right up to 90 days. Better yet, the cover is separate to your own insurance policy. So, if they need to make a claim while learning your No Claims Bonus is not affected. Get a quote for Learner Driver Insurance in under two minutes today.

Louise Thomas

Hi I'm Louise and I'm a Marketing Executive at Veygo. I've been driving for nearly two years after several "practice" tests! I love the freedom that comes with finally having a driving licence. Road trips with my friends are the best - especially when we've got an awesome playlist going! (check out our Spotify for road trip playlists!)

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