Private Practice

By Lewis on 12th February 2016 - View Comments

So you’ve recently started learning to drive, your having regular lessons with your instructor but also have your own car or access to another car in order to complete private practice. This sounds great and is an excellent way of improving your skills and increasing road time.

Did you know that on average a learner driver takes over 40 hours of professional tuition and usually some private practice until they are ready to pass the driving test.

With this in mind we have put together a few advantages and disadvantages of private practice along with some other key facts.


  • Increased road time to enhance knowledge
  • Further time to practice and reinforce skills
  • Different points of view from varying supervising drivers
  • Experience of driving other vehicles


  • Wrong skills and knowledge imparted by out of date information from supervising drivers
  • Bad habits could be introduced and reinforced
  • Incorrect procedures being used

Further key points for you to note:

  • Supervising driver MUST be over 21, be qualified to drive the category of vehicle and held there licence for at least 3 years
  • You could be fined up to £1,000 and up to 6 points if you drive without correct supervision
  • Most insurance companies require the supervising driver to be 25 years old, double check what your documentation states
  • You could face an unlimited fine and 8 penalty points for driving without insurance

We hope these little pointers help you out in-between lessons but for the time being keep up the good practice and stay safe out there.

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