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Should I Learn to Drive With my Parents?

What are the pros and cons of learning to drive with your parents versus an instructor?

by Louise Thomas

Learning to drive is as nerve wracking as it is exciting! However, there are lots of decisions to be made, including who you should learn to drive with.

It was once very common for people to learn exclusively with their parents (way back when your parents were 17). These days most people see the benefit of learning with an instructor or a combination of both. Here we’ll take you through the pros and cons of each option so you can make the right choice to help you pass your driving test.

Why is it important to have lessons with an instructor?

Most learners opt for lessons with a qualified driving instructor for a reason. Anyone you pay to teach you to drive must be either a qualified and approved driving instructor (ADI) or a trainee driving instructor.

Unlike the average driver, a qualified instructor will have taken tough theory and practical tests – like you’re about to! They are regularly assessed on their driving knowledge. This ensures they are up to date on all the latest driving and road safety rules and practices so they can provide a high standard of tuition. Importantly, driving instructors are familiar with all the small mistakes and bad habits that could lead to you failing your test. They will be able to pick them up before they become, well, habitual.

Additionally, driving instructors have already helped plenty of learner drivers before you through their test. They’re not going to recommend that you sit your test before they are 100% confident in your ability.

Why learn with a parent?

Driving lessons are pretty expensive and average at around £24 an hour. Learning with your parents might be a tempting option for learners looking to cut costs. If you’re on a budget this is appealing as you’ll only have to pay for insurance, not tuition. Our flexible Learner Driver Insurance is available from two hours to 90 days. You can insure yourself to practice in a friend or family member’s car. Cover is available instantly, meaning you only have to pay for the time you need.

You may also feel more comfortable driving with a parent, friend or family member. It’s definitely little awkward spending an hour or two a week with a stranger, especially when you are just starting out and stall every five minutes.

Learning with your parents is often a more flexible option. You can hop in the car together whenever you like, whereas with an instructor you have to work around their schedule

So what’s the best option?

Think about combining lessons from a qualified instructor with time with your parents. The DVSA says that the average learner will need 45 lessons with a professional instructor, in addition to 20 hours of private practice.  This means you will benefit from the up to date knowledge and expertise from your instructor. However, you’ll also gain more experience behind the wheel and build your confidence on the roads by heading out with your parents as often as possible. Think about private practice with your parents as an opportunity to do just that – practice what you’ve already learned with your instructor.

If you do decide to head out with your mum or dad, make sure you are properly insured. Veygo’s Learner Driver Insurance is fully comprehensive and even protects your parents No Claims Bonus. Get a quote in under two minutes online 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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