The DVSA say that on average 45 hours of driving lessons are needed before passing your test. In terms of money that is in the region of £1500. Most of our learners pass in about 30 hours and those that have additional driving time with Mum or Dad can often do it in less. The DVSA strongly recommend this and suggest an additional 22 hours on top of the private lessons. But the big question is how you do this with as little stress and arguments as possible!
It’s hugely emotive for a parent when they wave their child off for their lesson, trying to portray an air of calm whilst offering good luck tips to the driving instructor. It’s even more so when they are sat in the passenger seat for the first time so we thought we would put a few tips together to help Mum, Dad and learner.
1. Always set a good example when you are driving, do up your seatbelt, don’t drive to close to other vehicles, remain calm. It’s amazing how many learners start out with aggressive driving tendencies because of the people they have been driven by in the past
2. Make them believe you trust them when they are driving, this is so important. If they feel confident, they will drive confidently.
3. It might be worth brushing up on your driving skills by taking an advanced driving lesson, rules have changed over the years and teaching techniques are different. You never know it might improve your driving as well!
4. Relearn the Highway Code, a big part of their learning is their theory test and being able chat to them, test them and generally support them in this will help it stick in their minds
Learning to drive is a big deal for everyone involved, it’s an exciting time for most learners as it is their first step to independence and along with you and their driving instructor it should be positive and fun experience. Here at Geoff Capes Driver Training we are always delighted to welcome any parent to sit in on lessons from time to time so that when you do take them out on the road you feel fully confident in their ability.