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Why it’s good to learn to drive in a staged approach

Why it's good to learn in stages

What to practise in each stage of learning to drive

Planning your drives

What a good supervising driver is like

Qualities of a good supervising driver

Choosing a driving instructor

Learning to drive in a staged approach helps you


Develop your skills

Develop your skills through repeated practice from low-risk through to more challenging situations over time.

Make lots of time to practise

Space out your practise over a longer period so you learn gradually in lots of situations.



Learn at your own pace

Learn at your own pace, so you can move to new situations when you and your supervising driver agree you're ready.

Qualities of a good supervising driver



A good supervising driver always drives safely on the road.

Makes the time

A good supervising driver will make the time for you to practise.


A good supervising driver gives you help and advice when you need it.

Plans drives

A good supervising driver will plan drives and tasks before your drive with you.

Suitable drives

A good supervising driver will plan drives that match the level of your driving experience.

Provides support

A good supervising driver supports you if you feel stressed or anxious.

Gives feedback

A good supervising driver makes the time to talk to you after a drive.

They don't get upset

A good supervising driver doesn't get upset at you for making mistakes.

When choosing an instructor, it's a good idea to:


Ask your friends

Shop around for someone that suits you or ask your friends if they know a good one.

Pick someone you like

It's important to choose someone you get on with well.



Ask them for advice

Ask them for suggestions on where or what you should practice.

Ask them for extra support

See if they can give your supervising driver any advice.