for Supervising a Learner
"When I learned to drive I had 10 lessons and passed first time",
unfortunately this is not a realistic view of modern driving. The DSA
driving test is very demanding. The sheer volume of traffic, the
complexity of junctions, the speed of traffic and other drivers lack of
manners, signals or basic understanding of the highway code make
learning to drive extremely difficult for todays learners.
I welcome private practice for all pupils provided it is constructive.
Here are some tips to help make private practice more
enjoyable and rewarding.
Supervising a Learner, The
You must be over 21 and have
held a full licence for the category of vehicle for at least 3 years.
The car must have insurance cover for the learner driver.
The car must have proper L plates fitted front and rear so as not
restrict vision through windows.
L plates must be of the prescribed size, you can't just make them up
with a red biro!
You must not use a mobile phone whilst supervising a learner.
The supervising driver and the learner must not exceed the drink drive
limits. So you can't let them drive you home from the pub!
Fit an additional suction mirror so you can see what’s going on behind
you. You can buy one from Halford’s for about £5.
Sit in the front seat and be ready to steer the car.
Don't put yourself or your learner in a dangerous situation, plan out
Each lesson with an ADI is designed to develop independence in an area
of the pupils driving. The syllabus follows a proven structure
beginning with car control then introduces road procedure.
Private practice should reflect the level of the pupils ability so that
they can "practice".
Ideally the private practice should deal solely with the items covered
on the previous lessons. The supervising driver may need to drive the
learner to the same location that I used for the lesson to allow the
practice then drive home again. I am happy to give guidance on what to
practice and where to practice it.
"My dad says"
Recent cars should be driven differently to those of 20 years ago, my
tuition vehicle has disk brakes front and rear, a 6 speed gear box,
cruise control and various other driver aids. As the vehicles
have evolved the methods used to drive them have also evolved. I
encourage block gear changing up and down the gear box where in the
past this was not encouraged. I teach vehicle balance to maximise
traction and control of the vehicle especially when changing speed or
direction, vehicle sympathy to reduce wear and tear and help improve
fuel economy. The current DSA test reflects these methods.
I am happy to discuss any aspect of the DSA test with supervising
drivers to ensure that my pupils gain the most benefit from their
If your up for a challenge why not try the DIAmond advanced test, I can
provide training for this if you are interested.