How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Practice Driving Their Car
Some parents treat their car like another baby – so how do you convince them to let you learn to drive in it? We have the answers.
You’ve started lessons with a driving instructor and maybe even passed your theory test. You’re feeling confident on the roads but know that some extra practice will help you become a much better driver. There’s only one problem. Neither mum nor dad will let your practice in their car!
You might feel like they’re being totally unreasonable but we’re giving you the tools to understand and address their concerns. You’ll soon be on your way to driving test success!
Understand their concerns
As confident as you are in your driving skills, you parents may not feel the same way. This is hardly shocking as they have probably spent decades behind the wheel compared with your hours. However, it’s still important to understand just why they might be concerned with letting a learner driver take the wheel.
No Claims Bonus
They have been building up their No Claims Bonus, which gives them discounted insurance, for years – maybe even decades. If they let you drive their car and you have a bump or are involved in an accident, they could lose their No Claims Bonus and see their insurance premiums rise significantly.
Money money money
Making amendments to an insurance policy such as adding a temporary driver with a provisional licence can be expensive and time consuming. You often need to call your insurer, who could have lengthy hold queues, and pay an admin fee on top of the additional premium.
Additionally, they could be worried that the experience will be stressful; after all they’ve probably never taught anyone to drive! As a supervisor they will be worried about you, their car, and everyone on the road around. Supervising a learner driver is a big responsibility and takes some preparation.
Address their concerns
Being in control of any vehicle is a huge responsibility, so use this opportunity to show that you are mature and responsible, and are ready to be on the road. As a starting point, why not organise a meeting between your parents and your driving instructor?
This will give them the opportunity to hear about your development from a trusted professional. They can learn about your driving strengths and weaknesses, which will hopefully reassure them that you are ready to be behind the wheel and also give them pointers on how they can best support you in the areas in which you need improvement.
Provide a solution!
Flexible and affordable
There’s a solution that will enable you to practice and put your parents mind at ease. With Veygo Learner Driver Insurance you can insure yourself to drive your parents’ car from as little as two hours (to get them used to the idea), right up to 90 days. You can get instant cover online and you only need to pay for the length of cover you want.
Safe and protected
The best part is that you will have your own completely separate fully comprehensive insurance policy, meaning that if you do need to make a claim, their policy isn’t affect and they won’t lose their No Claims Bonus. They don’t even need to declare it to their own insurers! They can rest easy knowing that their car is always covered up to the market value in the event of a total loss and if it’s repairable they will receive a courtesy car so they’re not inconvenienced.
Practice makes perfect!
The DVSA recommends around 22 hours of private practice in addition to your professional driving lessons. This is because the more opportunities you have to experience different types of road conditions, the better your skills will get ,the more confident you will become and the more prepared you will be to hit the roads solo. The end goal is of course to pass your driving test in as few attempts as possible – and the more practice you get the more likely this is.
Passing as quickly as possible will not only save money and time in the long run – for your parents it means that they will regain their freedom even sooner as they will no longer have to give you lifts everywhere! It’s a win-win all round.