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If you have an opportunity for private driving lessons with friends or relatives – go for it! 


The more practice you can get the sooner you will gain the confidence needed to pass the test and drive alone, but make sure you follow your instructor’s advice when practicing – remember that driving is not just about passing a test, it’s about staying safe and staying alive.

When you practice stay cool and stay safe!

The person who sits with you when you are driving must be over 21 and have held a driving licence for at least three years – this is a legal requirement – both the driver and supervisor are responsible.

To get the best out of your practice, ask your instructor what, and where to practice All practice is good for you, but it’s easy to get a false sense of confidence if you only drive on open roads and at higher speeds.

Although you will learn quicker if you get more practice, I have a word of warning. When practicing with family or friends, remember that they are much more experienced than you, so listen to what they have to say.

If the advice given by the person who is supervising you is different to what your instructor tells you, find out the reason why. Get them to talk to your instructor about the up to date modern driving methods.

Some instructors will give supervisors constructive advice and tips to help keep your practice productive and stress- free, although as an alternative you might be able to arrange for them to sit in on a lesson and ask questions- they might learn something!


Make sure that you are in possession of a provisional licence and that your car is taxed, tested, displaying L plates and insured for you to drive on a provisional licence. If these things are not 100% OK you could end up losing your licence before you pass the test!

Remember that you are legally responsible. You don’t want to get points on your licence before passing your test… Apart from the fines, six points within the first six months of holding a full licence means a re-test.

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