Lea was 17 in December and Mummy has been talking to her about learning to drive. My eldest sister MeeMee is 21 this summer and doesn’t drive yet as she went away in Bristol and Uni. She is travelling all summer and wants to learn in the autumn. Mummy has been thinking about learning to drive tips which she can give the girls.
Before they even start the engine, here are some tips they can practice to begin to get used to how roads and signs work:
- Theory Practice pack. The AA have some great ones including one with a book and a DVD with unlimited mock theory questions. A great way to practice and learn.
- Start learning road signs, Mummy tells Lea what the signs are as we pass them – and asks her to tell Mummy what they are too. The ones Mummy knows anyway!
- Passenger talk through. Mummy tells Lea the gears, peddles, speed etc as she is driving with Lea sat next to her.
- Taking their time. Friends may tell them how quickly they learnt and passed their test but they should go at their own pace.
- They try sitting in the drivers seat – it feels totally different to looking across from the passenger seat.
It is also a good idea to check that you can learn to drive:
- You must be 17 years old (16 if you receive disability living allowance at the higher rate).
- You must hold a provisional licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland.
- You must be able to read a new-style number plate from 20 metres away (with glasses or contact lenses if you need them, as long as you always wear them when you’re driving).
- You must make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured.
- You must display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle where they can be clearly seen when you’re driving (L or D plates in Wales).
- You must be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 and has held (still holds) a full car driving licence for at least three years.(Info from Safe Driving for Life)
Can you remember learning to drive, or do you have a teen who is ready?