What is a sponsor?
A sponsor is an experienced driver who accompanies a learner driver in their practice driving sessions. Sponsors are often family members or close friends of learner drivers. The RSA’s Essential Driver Training (EDT) programme has identified the sponsor as playing a key role in safe driving education.
EDT is a crucial component of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system, which aims to provide new drivers the opportunity to gain driving experience, skills and maturity.
The role of the sponsor driver is to go through a module that has been recently covered with an adi instructor and to help the student achieve the final outcomes for i.e. edt lesson one.
Although you are not expected to teach the learner driver, by offering support and encouragement, you will increase the learner’s enthusiasm for practicing driving. In your interactions with the learner driver, you should:
- Show interest in their progress
- Encourage them
- Assure them they can rely on your experience in difficult road situations
- Reinforce that safe driving takes lots of persistence, patience and practice
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