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What insurance is needed for a learner driver?

If you’re a learner driver practising with friends or family and not a qualified instructor, you will need your own insurance policy. But as a learner driver, you probably won’t need cover constantly – instead, choose an insurance policy that’s flexible to suit your needs.

With temporary learners insurance, you only pay for the cover you need, when you need it. From just a few days, up to 3 months – find a policy that fits around you.

With temporary car insurance for learner drivers, you get the highest level of cover as standard. With fully comprehensive cover on every learner policy, you’ll have complete peace of mind while you hone your driving skills.

Can I get learner insurance on my own car?

Yes. Any learner driver will have to have insurance cover to drive their own car. Buying your own car as a learner can be a great way to get comfortable with the car you will be driving long term.

If you find a car you love before you’ve passed your test, nothing is stopping you from buying it. But you wouldn’t be able to drive it yourself yet – unless you got short term learner car insurance for your own car, that is.

This policy will give you a few days to get used to your new vehicle, and it’ll mean that when you pass, you can hit the ground running. You could even use it to get some test practice.

Just remember that, as is the case for a provisional driver in any vehicle, you still can’t drive the car without an experienced driver present until you pass.

Why get provisional car insurance for a learner driver?

The spiralling cost of tutored driving lessons means that private lessons are a more affordable and increasingly popular way for newcomers to get some much needed on-road experience. But you’ll need the right cover to do it and learner driver insurance can cover you for a few days, weeks, or months – however long you need.

  • To get some extra practice – extra hours on the road before the test can be invaluable, especially in a car and with people you feel comfortable with. Get that crucial extra time behind the wheel with temporary learners insurance. Make sure also to check some tips on how to pass your theory test.
  • To reduce the cost of learning – learning to drive is not cheap, for an average learner it would cost over £1,200 to pass the driving test with just instructor lessons alone. Provisional car insurance lets you get that extra practice to help you pass quicker and cut the cost of learning.
  • To protect the owner’s no claims discount – many parents can be nervous about letting a learner practice in their car. With short term learners insurance, you get complete peace of mind because no existing policy will be affected and you won’t lose your No Claims Discount.
  • To take your test in whatever car you want – whether that’s your own car, or you’re more comfortable in Mum or Dad’s car rather than your instructor’s, temporary learner driver insurance will let you do exactly this.
  • Complete peace of mind on the road – all learner insurance policies from Tempcover come with fully comprehensive cover as standard compared to third-party-only most annual insurers offer. Yourself, your car, and any third parties involved are covered so you can relax and focus on learning.

How to get temporary learner insurance?

Temporary insurance for learner drivers is the ideal solution for many newcomers to the road. It’s incredibly easy to get the cover you need with Tempcover – just follow these 3 simple steps:

 Enter a few details about yourself and the car you want to learn in

Confirm you’re happy with the price and details of your policy

Pay for your policy and get your documents emailed instantly

That’s it. And when your policy expires at the time you selected; we’ll just send you a little reminder in case you need another policy. If you do, it’s just the same simple process every time.

Am I eligible for temporary learners insurance?

We’re confident that if you meet the criteria below, you will be eligible for temporary learners’ insurance.

To get temporary learners insurance, you mustTo get temporary learners insurance, the person supervising you mustTo get temporary learners insurance, your car must
Be aged 17-21 years oldBe aged over 25Be valued between £500 and £20,000
Hold a UK Provisional licenceHave held their full UK Driving Licence for at least 3 yearsBe in a roadworthy condition with a current and valid MOT (unless you are using the insurance policy to take the vehicle to a pre-booked MOT)
Have been a permanent UK resident for a minimum of 3 yearsHave been a permanent UK resident for a minimum of 2 yearsBe insured with an annual insurance policy if the owner of the vehicle is not you, the learner and policyholder.
Have no licence points or have any prosecution pending for any motoring convictionsHave not had any DR coded motoring convictions in the past 5 yearsBe used only when you, the learner and policyholder are being supervised to learn to drive.
Have never been disqualified from drivingBe a right-hand drive car
Have never driven a vehicle that was involved in an accident that was considered your fault; whether partially or fullyHave no more than 5 seats in total
Have no criminal convictionsNot be modified in any way except for those designed to aid disabled drivers

Please be aware that each insurer on our panel has its own eligibility criteria and so you should pay close attention to their Proposer’s Declaration.

Temporary learner driver insurance FAQ

Are learners covered under other people’s insurance?

No – only your qualified instructor’s insurance covers you as a learner automatically. When you’re in your driving instructor’s car, they have a special kind of insurance policy that automatically covers you so long as you’re paying for their services. If something were to happen, it would be on them to claim and sort out, so learners need not worry about insurance at all when paying for classes.

If you’re arranging private sessions with a friend or family member, you will need short term car insurance for learner drivers. The car owner could try adding you to their policy, but since you haven’t even passed yet, there’s a good chance that their insurance provider will say no – and this could cost a lot of money regardless. Because their insurance won’t apply to you, you’ll need another arrangement. And that’s where a short term agreement means you can get a one week or one month learner insurance policy.

Do I need to insure a learner driver on my car?

Yes. Any learner driver will have to have insurance cover, whether you do want to add them to your existing policy or not. But if you’d rather eliminate the risk, you could consider special car insurance for learners instead, through a temporary policy.

Can a learner drive any car with learner insurance?

No, they’ll only be able to drive the car that’s named on the policy. But nothing is stopping you from paying for another provisional insurance policy on a different car if you wanted to get some practice in using a second vehicle.

What is the cheapest way to insure a learner driver?

If they’ll only be practising in the car for a matter of weeks or months, getting a one-week or monthly learner driver insurance policy would be much cheaper than their own annual policy. You could add them as a named driver on an existing policy, but that would increase premiums a lot.

Because of this, short term car insurance for learner drivers is usually the cheapest and best value option, because you can have it terminate as soon as you’re done training.

Can you get learner driver insurance for one week?

Yes, you can get one-week learner driver insurance. Like other temporary car insurance policies, short term learner car insurance will allow you to borrow and practice in a friend’s, parent’s or other family member’s car.

You can get cover on a weekly or monthly basis up to 3 months at a time. So, whether you need that last bit of practice before your test or you’re getting behind the wheel for the first time, you can select a policy duration that fits your needs.

Do you need learner insurance for your driving test?

No, you probably don’t – unless you’re planning to drive a car other than your instructor’s.

As was the case during your lessons, if you take the test in your instructor’s car, their specialised insurance will automatically apply to you. But if you want to take the test in your car or a friend/family member’s car, you’ll have to arrange temporary learner insurance to do this.

You will need some form of learner insurance if you’re driving someone else’s car.

Do I still need insurance if I’m learning on private land?

Potentially, yes. All the same laws apply to drivers learning on ‘private land’. If you are learning to drive in an area the public has access to, for example, a footpath then you must have the same insurance as you would need to drive on the road.

Without the right weekly or monthly learner driver insurance, not only do you risk having your car seized but you could face fines and see points added to your licence. This can have a big, negative impact on your premiums when buying annual insurance after you’ve passed.

Having the right insurance is not only the law, but it gives learners that little bit of extra reassurance when practising on the road.

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