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Practising with family or friends

In England, you can practise driving with family or friends. Check the advice on keeping yourself and others safe in the coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance.

In Scotland, there are different rules depending on which area level you are in, but you are legally required to wear a face covering unless you are exempt. Read the guidance on driving lessons in Scotland.

In Wales, you can practise driving with people you live with or those within your support bubble. You do not need to stay in your local council area.

Anyone you practise your driving with (without paying them) must:

  • be over 21
  • be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in, for example they must have a manual car licence if they’re supervising you in a manual car
  • have had their full driving licence for 3 years (from the UK, the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein)

You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points on your provisional licence if you drive without the right supervision.

It’s illegal for:

  • your friend or family member to use a mobile phone while supervising you
  • you to drive on the motorway when practising with family or friends


You need your own insurance as a learner driver if you’re practising in a car you own. Your family member or friend will usually be covered on this.

If you’re practising in someone else’s car, you need to either:

  • make sure you’re covered by the car owner’s insurance policy as a learner driver
  • take out your own insurance policy that covers you driving in the car as a learner driver

Some insurance companies require the person supervising you to be over 25 years old.

You can get an unlimited fine, be banned from driving and get up to 8 penalty points for driving without insurance.

Recording your practice

You can download a form to record any practice you do without your driving instructor.

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