Learning to Drive with Your Family

The pros and cons of learning to drive with your family or friends.

Let’s be honest, we all rely on our parents a little bit too much. It’s not like we learn much in school about how to deal with adult stuff like taxes, credit scores and owning a car. So when it comes to driving it can be tempting to go to your parents for help.

In reality, there are many pros and cons that come with learning to drive with your parents and that’s what we will be exploring in this article.

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


Why should you still use a driving instructor even if you're learning with your parents?

Learning with your parents will save you money, at least in the short term but what about overall? Sure, you’ll be saving around £27 per hour but you’ll need to pay for relevant insurance, fuel and because you won’t be learning the up-to-date knowledge of driving test subjects/test routes you will likely need more attempts to pass the test. Every driving test you book will not only cost you £62 but you’ll need to wait weeks, maybe even months for another test date.

Learning to drive with a qualified instructor has so many other benefits you will be learning with someone with years of experience in teaching people how to pass their driving test. We also offer exclusive packages in both manual and automatic which means, if you’re eligible, you could start your lessons from as little as £15 per hour and learn in your transmission of choice!

Also, at SmartLearner our instructors have undergone rigorous training and all have dual controls which provide extra safety during your driving lessons. They have also all been DBS checked and are tested regularly by the DVSA to ensure they teach to the highest standard!

Long story short: you need a trained driving instructor to teach you to drive. It’s quite literally their job.

The best way to utilise learning with your parent

Firstly, you should ask your driving instructor when they think it would be safe for you to start practicing with them. Once the instructor has said you’re safe to start it’s time to see which family member is looking to risk their life… I mean… see who is willing to help.
Whoever you choose to help must be over 21 and must have held a full UK license for a minimum of 3 years. You will also need to ensure they have the relevant insurance. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Private practice is any driving you do outside of driving lessons. It SHOULD NOT be someone teaching you to drive. You should practice what your instructor has taught you until you’re confident in your ability to do it without help or guidance.
This kind of driving practice is great because you can get experience with driving a different car, driving at different times of day and seeing other types of road. Just make sure whoever’s supervising you is legally allowed to and absolutely on-board with the fact they’re not there to teach.

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