Learning to drive with parents: pros and cons
Most of us rely on our parents way too much - and for way too long. Unfortunately, no one ever teaches you how to do any of the useful adult stuff like starting an ISA or figuring out tax.
So, we see Mum and Dad as the fount of all knowledge and ring them 3 times a day to ask dumb questions. But when it comes to learning to drive, are parents the way to go?
Pro: they're your parents.
Con: they're your parents.
Learn to drive with your mum or dad...or not?
|Pros of learning with a parent||Cons of learning with a parent|
|It's cheap!||It may cost you in the long run if you keep failing tests|
|They know you and how you learn||They're not qualified to teach driving skills|
|They're flexible with time so you'd experience more road situations||You're at their mercy - you'll have to work around their schedule|
|You don't have to be polite when you're scared or upset||The arguments, man, the arguments|
|You probably have more access to a car for practising||No dual controls in that car, which is a pretty massive deal|
|They can take more time to explain things to you||They don't have up-to-date road safety knowledge so you'll have gaps in yours|
|You can take your test in the car you learned in||You won't be covered by a driving instructor's insurance|
The difference a driving instructor makes
Saving money in the short-term but wasting money in the long-term is called a false economy. If you save money on learning to drive by getting someone you know to teach you, you'll avoid that £25 an hour, sure.
What you'll also be avoiding is up-to-date knowledge of driving test subjects, an insider's view of where the test routes are, years of experience in teaching, dual controls (pretty important!) and a whole lot more besides.
Long story short: you need a trained driving instructor to teach you to drive. It's what they do.
How parents CAN help
If you're lucky enough to have family members willing to help you out, ask your driving instructor when they think it would be OK to start private practice.
Private practice is any driving you do outside of driving lessons. It's NOT someone teaching you to drive; it's literally just practising what your instructor has already taught you and is confident you can go over without their supervision.
This kind of driving practice is great because you can get experience with driving a different car, driving at different times of day and seeing other types of road. Just make sure whoever's supervising you is a) legally allowed to and b) absolutely on-board with the fact they're not there to teach.
Think Mum or Dad could do with a bit of driving revision? We made a Parent's Guide just for them.