Supervising learners a ‘big responsibility’ – GEM

13.30 | 7 January 2021 |

GEM Motoring Assist is urging anyone supervising a learner driver to ensure they are fully aware of the rules and responsibilities faced while in the passenger seat.

In England, Wales and Scotland, current restrictions mean driving lessons are only allowed with someone from your own household – during an essential journey.

GEM stresses that anyone who sits down with a learner has a ‘big responsibility’, encouraging them to brush up their own skills and devote 100% of their attention to the task.

GEM has issued a reminder that rules such as the ban on using a hand-held mobile phone while driving – as well as drink-driving – also apply to anyone supervising a learner driver. 

It recommends obtaining advice from the learner’s driving instructor to find out what has been covered, where there is a particular need for additional practice and what would be the most helpful areas to work on.

Neil Worth, GEM chief executive, said: “Driving practice is a vital component of the learning process and a great way to develop skills and experience. 

“The presence of a calm, friendly and unflappable supervisor will be enormously beneficial in making that process as positive as possible.

“But accepting the role is a big responsibility, and not something you would want to do lightly.

“That’s why we are asking anyone who sits down with a learner to ensure they are fully familiar with the rules of the road (many of which may have been altered or adapted since they were learners) and that they take the responsibility seriously by not being distracted.”



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