Parents and Guardians

Approved Driving Instructors will be allowed to take test-ready learner drivers on motorway driving lessons in a dual-controlled car from 4 June 2018

It’s a daunting enough task, helping someone to learn to drive – even without having to think about doing it in a high speed environment, with fast moving traffic and impatient drivers thundering around you.

 

Fortunately, we don’t have to take on the challenge of practising with learners on motorways ourselves before the driving test. The new rules mean learners can now drive on motorways – but only with an Approved Driving Instructor in a dual-controlled car

 

DrivingHub has been designed to help you as parents – or anyone supporting a new or learner driver in their development – steer them in the right direction when it comes to learning about high speed roads. You can hop over to the Pupil sections too to watch the videos, take the quizzes and brush up on your knowledge around using high speed roads.

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Private Practice Toolkit

To best support our learners and new drivers in their driver development (as well as ensuring they have training from a professional instructor) they also need plenty of private practice with you. The more practice they have, the more experience they build, and the safer they’ll be once licenced.

 

Once ready for driving on high speed roads (always check in with their instructor about what they should be focusing on in private practice), just because you can’t take them on motorways, doesn’t mean you can’t take them on a number of other high speed roads to gain that valuable experience. Dual carriageways, high speed rural roads and urban expressways are just as useful in developing their experience of driving in a high speed context.

 

We’ve pulled together some resources you may find useful in private practice  – and to make sure we keep it safe for you, your learner and other road users.

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Sample private practice sessions to help build that vital pre and post test experience

Learner Checklist

Top tips for private practice

Are you up to speed when it comes to high speed road training?

Learner Drivers on Motorways

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor in a car with dual controls from Monday 4 June 2018.

Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.

Learner Drivers on Motorways

Learner driver will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor in a car with dual controls from Monday 4 June 2018.

Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner driver on the motorway.

The changes are being made to allow learner drivers to:

  • get broader driving experience before taking their driving test
  • get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly
  • practise driving at higher speeds
  • put their theoretical knowledge into practice

How the change will work:

The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
Learner drivers will need to be:

  • accompanied by an Approved Driving Instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Educational Courses

The DrivingHub website has been created using behavioural research, to increase the confidence and knowledge of road users when driving on high speed roads. The courses are:​

You, Your Vehicle and Your Journey

You: Creating a safe physical, social and emotional environment.

Your Vehicle: Vehicle Safety Checks

Your Journey: Journey & Route Planning

Course 1

Driving on Rural Roads, Single and Dual Carriageways and Motorways

Road Types, Speeds, Signs & How to Drive on High Speed Roads: Rural, Single, Dual, Motorway/Smart Motorways
Course 2

Your Awareness and Driving Conditions

Your Awareness; Reading the Road; Driving Conditions
Course 3

Other Road Users

Being a considerate driver and protecting other road users
Course 4

Managing Breakdowns and Incidents

Managing Breakdowns; Managing Incidents
Course 5

Helping learner drivers

You can accompany your child, or other learner drivers, while he or she is learning to drive, as long as you are over 21 and have had a full licence for three years (and still have it) in the same category as the vehicle your learner is driving.

Remember that it’s probably quite a long time since you passed your test, and the driving test has undergone some big changes. You may not have taken a theory test and some of the rules and advice in The Highway Code have changed too.


People tend to pick up bad habits over time. Make sure you don’t teach your learner bad habits because these might not only make them less safe on the road but could also cause them to fail their test.


Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) are trained to teach people how to drive safely and responsibly, to enable them to pass the driving test. Even if you’re confident about teaching your learner to drive, it’s a good idea to combine your lessons with some from an ADI to make sure your learner has the most up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Learn to drive a car

Follow the government's advice to check what your learner driver needs to do to learn to drive.

Pace Notes

Pace Notes is a learner driving assistant app that will record all of the progress of your learner driver's lessons and practice drives.

The app records the road type travelled on, number of miles driven and will provide feedback at the end of each lesson or practice.

The feedback will enable the approved driving instructor to create bespoke lesson plans for your learner driver.

DVLA

Visit the DVLA website for all information on driving licences

Pace Notes

Download your FREE driving assistant app and Navigator Dashboard

Safe Driving for Life

Safe Driving for Life is a one-stop information resource for all drivers from beginners to professional instructors