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Accompanying Driver Assistance Package

Family members, friends or colleagues can play a key role in helping learning drivers achieve their goal of a full driving licence and becoming a safe and responsible driver. This could be through having driving related discussions, helping with study for the Theory Test or actually supervising the learner’s practical driving. Driving lessons represent a considerable investment in terms of time, money and commitment; according to figures published by the Driving Standards Agency those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training, combined with 22 hours of private practice.

From these figures, you can see that private practice can contribute significantly to enabling a learner to become an independent driver. However, it is important to ensure that what is practiced builds upon and enhances the professional tuition provided in driving lessons.


A unique service within driving instruction in the local area, it is recommended that the package be undertaken once the learner has gained a reasonable degree of driving proficiency. The point at which this stage is reached will vary according to the individual.

Accompanying Driver Assistance Package content:

Stage 1 Questionnaire

Accompanying driver completes a questionnaire to help identify any areas of concern or uncertainty regarding supervising a learner driver.

Stage 2 Observation of Professional Lesson (minimum 1 hour)

The accompanying driver sits in on a 1 hour driving lesson* with the learner that they supervise, observing from the rear seat. Open discussion held on the key issues identified from the questionnaire that can arise between lessons and private practice. Examples may include:

Stage 3 Practice Session (1 hour)

The instructor will accompany you and the learner driver in your car. The instructor will observe the session from the rear seat and facilitate discussion, review and feedback from all parties to ensure that the principles are understood and can be implemented in ongoing practice.

Course Duration (Practical sessions)

Minimum 2 x 1 hour sessions*

Course Cost

£65.00 per accompanying driver.

*There is no limit to the number of professional lessons that can be observed, but only one private practice follow up session is included.

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