Legally they can yes, but there are few things to take into consideration if you’re thinking of going down this route.
It’s perfectly legal to learn to drive with any driver provided:
- They are 21 or over
- They have held a full licence for at least three years
Make sure that their car is roadworthy, taxed and very importantly, that they’ve arranged for you to be insured as a learner driver. That almost certainly won’t have come as standard on their insurance, so they’ll need to call their car insurance provider and add you as a named driver.
You’ll need a provisional driving licence too, which allows you to drive on all UK roads except motorways, provided you are supervised. Your licence will be required when taking your theory test, hazard perception, and practical driving tests.
You’ll need to put L plates on the front and back of the car when you’re driving, it’s a legal requirement to do so.
You’ll need to drive sensibly as you’re in control of your friend’s wellbeing as well as your own. Driving school cars come with dual control, allowing the instructor to quite literally step in if required. Obviously your friend’s car won’t be fitted out in this way so be careful.
You’ll have to study for the theory side of the test too. A driving test is made up of two parts, a theory test and the practical driving test. The theory side includes 50 multiple choice questions as well as a hazard perception test. You can only take the practical test when you have a pass certificate from the theory part.