Warning on private driving lessons
Published 02/08/2010 | 09:32
Drivers are dicing with disqualification over ignorance of their responsibilities when supervising learners, the AA has revealed.
Some drivers are breaking the law by drinking, texting or even falling asleep while on practice runs with learners, an AA/Populus poll showed.
As many as 23% of the near-19,000 surveyed did not know they would be breaking the law by using a mobile phone while supervising a learner.
Also, 13% were unaware of the need to wear glasses if they use them when driving themselves, while 9% did not realise that falling asleep in the passenger seat would risk a run-in with the law.
A total of 4% of respondents who had supervised learners admitted breaking at least one of these laws - rising to more than one in five (22%) among supervisors aged 21 to 24.
AA Driving School director Simon Douglas said: "Learners who build on skills they gain in formal lessons by practising with family or friends have a better chance of passing their test and are likely to be safer behind the wheel. Yet drivers often lack confidence or don't know their responsibilities when supervising learners.
"Many are passing on bad driving habits or even risking a run-in with the law."