Who will teach me?

which driving instructor
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Choosing the right person to teach you can be the difference between success and failure. If someone wants to teach you to drive they must:


  • Be at least 21 years old

  • Have held a full UK driving licence for at least 3 years


You and the person that is supervising your driving must be insured to drive the car. An L Plate must be put on the car and be clearly visible.


There are pros and cons of learning to drive with relatives.



  • It is relatively cheaper than learning to drive with an instructor

  • You might be able to get more practice

  • You learn to drive with someone you are very familiar with




  • The person teaching you may not be as knowledgeable about driving as an instructor

  • Often things get personal in the car even if it is just a small mistake that can be easily rectified

  • There will not have dual controls and so may not be as safe

  • You may get taught the wrong things

  • You will need to buy insurance


If you decide to go with an instructor, here are some of the Pros and Cons.



  • Professional driving lessons

  • Knowledgeable about current driving practices and what is required to pass the test

  • Dual control car for safety

  • Experienced in teaching

  • Usually less tense as the relationship between learner and instructor is not a personal one



  • Can cost more than learning to drive with parent


We are not saying that learning to drive with a relative is better or worse than learning to drive with an instructor, if you are fortunate enough to have the option of both then even better. We recommend private practice if it is an option available to you. Experience on the road is always valuable. We have some tips for non - instructors who are want to teach someone to drive or supervise whilst the learner practices.