Instructors, the test and beyond

Tips for choosing an instructor


Find out if they are an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). Only ADIs or trainee, Potential Driving Instructors (PDIs), can legally take money for lessons.

Are they right for your child?

An instructor will spend around 45 hours alone with your child. Make sure you are happy that they can work together. Ask to sit in on a lesson if you are unsure.

Preparing for the practical test

New drivers need lots of practice. It builds their experience, which helps them read the road and avoid collisions.

Parents who drive are in a great position to supervise practice between lessons, but the advice given must be spot-on.

If you took a lesson today, you would find that a lot has changed. You can make sure you give the best, up-to-date advice by:

  • Taking a lesson yourself to refresh your knowledge
  • Asking your learner if you can sit in on some of their lessons
  • Taking a short course in coaching learner drivers – many are specifically designed for parents

Once they’ve passed!

They are free to use the road alone but you can still help them drive responsibly.

A Safer Driving Agreement is like a contract, which parents and young drivers sign. It acts as an agreement on simple terms for car use and driving behaviour (parents have to agree to behave too!). You can tailor it to suit your family’s needs.

Courses and resources

Other local authorities can help too. Speak to your local Road Safety Team.