Can I practice driving with a family member or friend, is one of the common questions we get asked regularly and thew answer is Yes, you can practice driving with a family member or friend outside of professional training in South Africa, however, certain requirements must be met:

Learner’s License

In South Africa, you must first get a learner’s license before you may practice driving. This is a permit that permits you to drive on public highways under the supervision of another person.

The learner’s license is vehicle-specific (e.g., automobile, motorcycle, or heavy vehicle) and includes its own set of theoretical examinations.

You must pass a written or computer-based test covering road signs, traffic rules, and vehicle controls to obtain this license.

The learner’s license is usually valid for 24 months, giving you plenty of time to practice and prepare for your driving test.

Supervisor Qualifications

The supervising driver must have a valid driver’s license for the same vehicle class that you are practicing in. For example, if you are learning to drive a car, your supervisor should be a licensed driver.

The supervising driver should have many years of driving experience. They should be able to successfully educate and correct you.

The supervising driver must be physically competent to drive, which means they must not be under the influence of alcohol or any other drug that might impair driving ability.

Vehicle specifications

The practice vehicle must be roadworthy. This implies it must fulfill all legal standards, such as having a valid license disc, working lights and brakes, and so on.

The car must be insured. It is critical to notify the insurance provider that a novice driver will be using the car, as this may influence coverage.

The front and back of the vehicle must have “L” plates (or signage). This alerts other road users that the car is being driven by a novice.

Observance of Traffic Regulations

As a learner driver, you must follow all traffic rules and regulations. This comprises speed limits, traffic lights, road signage, and overtaking and turning regulations.

Following traffic regulations not only prepares you for your driving exam but also encourages safe driving habits.

There will be no compensation

Unless the supervising individual is a trained driving teacher with a professional instructor’s license, they should not be reimbursed for their time.

This guideline is in place to guarantee that professional driving instruction standards are upheld and that learner drivers get excellent, controlled teaching.

By adhering to these principles, you may guarantee that your practice sessions are legal, safe, and productive in preparing you for your driving test and becoming a proficient driver.