The more practice a new driver gets, the less likely they are to crash once they start driving alone.

You should aim for your learner driver to have 120 hours of supervised driving before sitting their restricted test. This works out to about 2–2½ hours per week for a year or so.

The 120 hours doesn’t need to be all through a structured lesson. Once your learner has got the basics of car control and driving in traffic, they should be repeating their skills well every time. Now you can let them drive you on trips you’d normally be making, like to the supermarket or a sports match.

Once controlling the car is natural, you can start building up their experience in different traffic conditions and road types – like driving in the wet, at night, and on rural roads.

The Drive Go app keeps track of drives. If you’re not using the app, we’ve included an example of a driving log you can use to create a record of their supervised driving hours and the routes you’ve done. You could also keep a notebook and pen in the car.

Example driving log [XLSX, 12 KB]