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Can Learner Drivers Drive at Night?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 30 Jun 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Learner Drivers Provisional Driving

Q.

Are learner drivers permitted to drive at night time?

(Ms Vanessa Kattau, 20 October 2008)

A.

As a learner driver who has not yet passed their practical driving test, there are certain restrictions placed on you until you graduate from a provisional driving licence to a full driving UK or EU licence. Being able to drive at night unaccompanied is one of these restrictions.

Driving at Night as a Provisional Licence Holder

Learner drivers are actually encouraged to practise driving at night (between the hours of midnight and five o'clock in the morning) to gain experience in preparation for passing the Driving Test. Thousands of young people are involved in night time driving accidents after passing their driving test because they neglected to take enough driving lessons and private practice at night.

Taking Driving Lessons at Night

Getting experience of driving at night time is considered to be particularly important for young drivers, as many accidents involving this demographic happen after dark. This should be done through lessons with your Driving Instructor as part of your driving lessons.

Most driving schools and driving instructors offer driving lessons after dark, as many drivers find that they are not as confident as they could be when driving at night after having passed their driving test and gaining their full driving licence, as they did not get enough practice beforehand.

As well as taking at least a handful of driving lessons after dark, it is a good idea to have some private practice too. This should be done with someone who has experience of driving in the dark in case you run into difficulties. This should be an adult aged over 21 who has held a full EEC driving licence (for the car that is being driven) for at least three years. You will need to display your red L plates.

Driving in the dark

When it comes to driving in the dark, certain rules apply. These include:
  • Using your headlights in failing light and when darkness has fallen
  • Making sure that your sidelights and rear registration plate lights are on
  • Using dipped headlights in built-up areas
  • Not wearing tinted glasses or lenses while driving in the dark, as these can restrict your vision.

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If in employment can you drive with some at side of learner drive if driving home from work
Knight - 30-Jun-18 @ 10:41 PM
Ha- Your Question:
Hi I'm 18 just passed my test 1 week ago what are the laws for me driving at night and also what age is it for my passengers thanks

Our Response:
There are no laws restricting the passengers that you carry or preventing you driving at night (although your insurer my have installed a black box with a curfew on it). There are proposals to implement some restrictions under discussion at the moment though.
YourDrivingLicence - 9-May-18 @ 3:13 PM
Hi I'm 18 just passed my test 1 week ago what are the laws for me driving at night and also what age is it for my passengers thanks
Ha - 8-May-18 @ 11:51 PM
Jordpeza92 - Your Question:
Hi, I'm I have just got insured on my partners car insurance she is 24 and has been driving approximately 4 years. I have had fully instructed driving lessons by a qualified instructor before but been over 5 years. I have purchased fully comprehensive car insurance with my partner obviously as the main person. I have 2 L plates. 1 for the front and b1 for the back do I need more than that or is that the requirement and are there any restrictions to what times I'm aloud to drive and when am I aloud to drive on the motorways or do I have to wait to till I've passed my full driving test to be able to do so? Thanks for for your help.

Our Response:
One L plate at the front and one at rear. You cannot drive on the motorway until you have passed your driving test. You must be accompanied by another driver every time you drive and the person accompanying you must be over 21 and have held a full driving licence for 3 years or more.
YourDrivingLicence - 14-Nov-17 @ 10:26 AM
Hi, I'm I have just got insured on my partners car insurance she is 24 and has been driving approximately 4 years. I have had fully instructed driving lessons by a qualified instructor before but been over 5 years. I have purchased fully comprehensive car insurance with my partner obviously as the main person. I have 2 L plates. 1 for the front and b 1 for the back do i need more than that or is that the requirement and are there any restrictions to what times I'm aloud to drive and when am I aloud to drive on the motorways or do I have to wait to till I've passed my full driving test to be able to do so? Thanks for for your help.
Jordpeza92 - 12-Nov-17 @ 1:03 AM
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