Motorists in favour of learner drivers having motorway practice

Motorists in favour of learner drivers having motorway practice

UK motorists support proposals for learner drivers to have motorway driving lessons before they pass their test, according to research by the RAC.
 

A survey of more than 2,000 motorists revealed that only 14% considered themselves fully prepared for motorway driving after passing the existing practical and theory tests.

In fact, 79% agreed that -- if accompanied by an approved instructor in a dual-controlled car -- the driving standards of learners would be improved if they had the option of gaining real-life experience on the country's fastest roads.

Currently, learner drivers are not permitted to have lessons on the motorways but these rules are under review. Former transport minister Andrew Jones announced proposals in January to make the motorway accessible to learners.

Commenting on the survey, RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said that the motoring organisation supports proposals for optional motorway lessons, but stressed that the measure should not be made mandatory.

"Many learner drivers do not live in an area which has access to the motorway network," he pointed out. "In addition, those drivers that live in regions furthest away from a motorway are less likely to drive on one on a regular basis."

Almost 60 years after the first UK motorway was opened, Williams said it was the right time to start considering new policy around their use, particularly with new forms -- such as smart motorways -- rolling out.

He added: "It seems sensible that approved driving instructors are best placed to decide when their students are ready to have their first motorway lesson, but the Government needs to consider publishing guidance on how to assess whether a learner is sufficiently competent to drive on a motorway under supervision."
 


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Posted 28 June 2017 by Ellie Priestley

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