Most teenagers want to get behind the wheel as soon as possible. But can you practice driving in a car park before you get your provisional license?
You cannot legally drive in a car park if you do not have a provisional or full driving license.
But where can you practice driving legally?
Where can I legally practice driving without a driving license?
There are a few places where it is possible to drive before you have a provisional license.
One place that is suitable is private land. If you own an area of land that is suitable for driving then you can drive there without insurance or a driving license. However, you must keep in mind that your car will not be insured in the case of a crash.
Be very careful and make sure you have somebody to guide you.
Driving on private land does not include land that is also available to the public, such as supermarket car parks.
Another place that is suitable for younger people with no license to drive is ‘Young Driver‘ experiences. These are driving schools which are great for teaching children age 10 to 16.
The cost is roughly £70 for 1 hour which can seem a little expensive. However, 1 or 2 hours practice can really give kids the basic knowledge of how cars drive and how to use the clutch and gears.
Should I practice driving before I turn 17?
The answer to this depends on the situation. We would recommend that anyone who has the chance to practice driving before they have a license should do so. Even if it is just 1 or 2 hours. This is long enough to learn some of the basics and give the foundation for their first full lesson when the time comes.
If you go to practice somewhere with a family member then make sure you take all precautionary measures. It can be dangerous to be in a car for the first time without dual controls.
If you are practising listen to everything your supervisor is telling you.
Do instructors expect me to know the basics before my first lesson?
Driving instructors don’t expect you to have any knowledge before your first lesson. If you do, then that is great. But know that it is not necessary.
Your instructor is there to take you through all the steps; starting from the basics, all the way to being test ready.
When should I book my first lesson?
We recommend waiting until your provisional license has arrived and you have turned 17.