At the turn of the year it was announced that learner drivers are to be allowed on motorways for the first time with an approved driving instructor in a dual controlled car, amid fears young motorists are putting themselves and others at risk using dangerous back roads.
The government said the change would allow learner drivers to “get a broader driving experience”, practice at higher speeds and put their theoretical knowledge into practice. BBC News
Plans to allow learner drivers on motorways have been in the pipeline since 2011, when former Transport minister Mike Penning announced that he wanted to bring in legislation permitting learner drivers to learn on motorways.
At the time, he referred to his own daughter learning to drive. He felt it was dangerous that she could pass her test and be allowed to drive on the motorway immediately afterwards, despite her having never been on one before and without any additional training.
At Progress School of Motoring we are very happy to hear this as we feel motorway driving is a big part of modern day driving, and to learn about motorway driving with a qualified instructor, before doing it for the first time on your own is crucial to keeping young and inexperienced drivers safe.
Motoring experts said the change is necessary because inexperienced new drivers are often scared to go on motorways and are instead choosing dangerous back roads and lanes where they are more likely to have an accident.
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