As part of an attempt to improve road safety, from 2018 learner drivers will be permitted on motorways for lessons in a dual-control car.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling has attributed a lack of experience to the claim that younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than drivers over 25. One of the factors influencing the law change was evidence showing that very few newly qualified drivers were taking courses instructing them on how to use motorways safely.
Currently, learner drivers can start to drive at the age of 17 but may not drive on a motorway until they have passed their theory and practical tests.
This means that the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of an instructor or the safety of a dual-control car.
A collision at speed can cause serious injuries, the result of which can sometimes prove fatal. Hopefully this practical step to increase a learner driver's experience of motorway driving will help to improve road safety and reduce the number of high speed accidents on the motorway.
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For many drivers, the lack of lessons on using a motorway leaves them with a lifelong fear, a dearth of confidence on what are Britain’s fastest roads or simply poor motorway driving skills.