June 21, 2013

Who can teach me to drive?

If you’re going to be having driving lessons, you want to ensure that you are having them legally. Here are the top tips for driving lessons from the DSA:

–          Paying anybody to teach you to drive is regarded as a driving lesson – it is therefore illegal for anyone to accept money to teach you to drive unless they are an ADI or a trainee driving instructor, as these are regulate by the DSA. These can be easily recognised – An ADI will display a green badge on the front of their car, a trainee instructor will display a pink one.

–          Friends and/or relatives are also allowed to teach you to drive, provided they do not accept money for this. However to be legally allowed to teach someone to drive, you must:

– Be 21 years of age or over.

– Be in possession of the correct license for the vehicle they are teaching you in.

– Have owned a driving license for 3 years or more.

–          If you are found to be driving without this aforementioned correct supervision, you are liable for fines of up to £1,000, and you will get 3 to 6 penalty points on your provisional license – not the best start to your driving experience.

–          It is also illegal for any driving instructor – DSA regulated or not – to use a mobile phone whilst supervising you.

–          You must prominently display ‘L’ plates on both the front and rear end of your vehicle. This is a ‘D’ plate in Wales.

Follow this advice, and hopefully your lessons will go by without a hitch.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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