Start the learning process

Before learning to drive

Start the learning process early

As well as watching your every move in the car, there are lots of ways for under-17s to start preparing for learning to drive.

  1. Hazard awareness

    Hazard perception is one of the most important parts of learning to drive. If you can help your child train their brain to react quickly and safely to hazards, they’ll sail through that part of their theory test and be well prepared for driving.

    For the last couple of years we've sponsored Drive iQ, which teaches skills beyond how to use the car controls. Drive iQ is interactive online software that focuses on driver attitude and behaviour, like hazard perception, motorway rules and night driving.

  2. Rules of the road

    A basic understanding of the Highway Code will go an awfully long way when your child is learning to drive. The best way you can encourage this is to get them an official DVSA app designed to help with the multiple choice part of the theory test. Then they can practise by themselves and you can go through it when you’re in the car together.

    For instance, if you come to a crossroads and give way, explain what you’re doing and why - and maybe even ask what they think if they've had a chance to do some work on it already. Just make sure you take a look at the Highway Code first to be sure you’re giving the party line!

  3. Driving experience days

    Driving experience days like First Drive are a good way to give your child the experience of handling a car under ADI (driving instructor) supervision, even before they turn 17. However, beware the overconfidence factor. Having physically operated a car does not mean they know how to drive.

    And don’t go for a Porsche - we’re talking an educational driving day, not a luxury car track experience.


Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .