Learner drivers who partake in private practice first need to understand the rules around learning to drive and who can supervise. However, once you are permitted to practice privately without a driving instructor, are you allowed drive with passengers?
Can a Learner Drive With Passengers?
Yes, a learner driver can indeed drive with passengers on a provisional licence, providing that the supervisor is present and meets all legal criteria. However, the reason people often assume that learners can’t carry passengers is because of the risk of distraction.
Passengers Can Cause a Distraction
The phrase ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’ is relevant to the question of whether learners should drive with passengers. When learning to drive it’s important to minimize distractions. You’re learning a new skill and distractions like loud music or a car full of people can be a hindrance to your private practice.
What about Young Children and Infants?
The same rules apply regardless of the age of passengers. Learner drivers are legally allowed to drive young children and infants, as long as rules around appropriate seating and safety are adhered to.
The Mirror completed a survey listing the 50 biggest distractions drivers face. You’ll notice that many of them involve passengers in the vehicle in a multitude of capacities. This is further evidence that it is better to practice with just a supervisor one on one, as opposed to with a car full of people.
You’ll also notice that young children feature frequently in the list too. Children make notoriously bad passengers for obvious reasons, so even though the law says you can drive with children, it’s advisable that you don’t.
If you’re thinking about partaking in private practice, you will need to be insured first. Get a quote on learner driver insurance with Collingwood here.