Supervising a learner driver

Learner drivers must be supervised at all times while they’re still driving on a provisional licence. If you’re thinking of supervising a learner driver, here’s what to think about to stay safe and legal on the roads.

Learner drivers must be supervised at all times while they’re still driving on a provisional licence. If you’re thinking of supervising a learner driver, here’s what to think about to stay safe and legal on the roads.

Daniel Hutson
From the Motor team
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Posted 25 FEBRUARY 2021

Who can supervise a learner driver?

Learner drivers can practice driving with friends or family members, but only if the supervising driver fulfils all the necessary criteria.

To supervise a learner, you’ll need to:

  • be over 21-years-old
  • be qualified to drive the same type of vehicle. For example, learners wanting to drive a manual car will need to be supervised by someone with a manual driving licence
  • have held a full, valid driving licence for at least three years (from the UK, EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein).

Can a learner driver have passengers?

Yes, learner drivers can carry as many passengers as the car can legally hold. However, the driver in the front passenger seat must meet the requirements to supervise the learner while they’re behind the wheel.

Can a learner driver carry child passengers?

So long as the supervising driver ticks the legal boxes, there are no restrictions on the age of other passengers in the vehicle.

Can a learner driver drive at night?

Yes. Learner drivers can practise at any time of day, as long as they’re properly supervised.

Can I supervise a learner on the motorway?

No, learner drivers are only allowed to drive on motorways with an approved instructor and in a car with dual controls.

Motorway driving isn’t currently part of the UK driving test, but learners can choose to have motorway lessons with an approved driving instructor if they want to.

Can I use a mobile phone while supervising a learner driver?

No. Under UK law, anyone supervising a learner driver needs to have their full attention on the road – exactly as they would if they were driving themselves.

If you’re caught using a hand-held mobile while supervising a learner, you could receive six points on your licence and a £200 fine – the same penalty you’d receive if you were driving.

Insurance for learner drivers

Learner drivers who want to practise outside of lessons must be insured for the vehicle they want to practice in.

There are three main options for insuring learner drivers:

  • To practise driving in a car they own, the learner will need to have their own insurance policy.
  • To practise in a car owned by someone else, the learner will need to be added to the car owner’s insurance policy, as an additional named driver.
  • Learner drivers can also get provisional insurance from two hours to 90 days. This allows them to practice in someone else’s car for a temporary period.

Where can I buy insurance for a learner driver?

You can compare insurance quotes for learner drivers from a range of UK insurance providers, right here at Compare the Market.

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