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Rules for stand-in tuition

As a learner driver, you’re encouraged to practice your new skills between the lessons with your qualified instructor or before starting an intensive course. This usually involves supervision by a friend of family member, but have you checked that your stand-in instructor meets the required rules to accompany you? They must be over the age of 21 and qualified to drive the type of vehicle being driven by you. For example, they must hold a manual driving licence if they’re supervising you in a manual car. In addition, they must have held a full licence for three years from the UK, the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. Importantly, your supervisor must have valid insurance if they’re supervising in your car. This could be as a named driver/instructor on your learner driver’s policy. Whether you are learning in your car or your supervisor’s, you must both be insured to drive it. Some insurance companies require the person supervising you to be over 25. Take note that you can’t pay your stand-in instructor, and as they’re legally in charge of the vehicle while you are driving, can be prosecuted for using a mobile phone. Although it is legal to carry passengers, it’s best to avoid distractions at this stage. As a learner, your car must display L plates on the front and rear, and you must hold a provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland and be 17. While you might be tempted to practice on a motorway, don’t as you can only do this with your approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.