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Why Motorway Driving Should Be Part of Learning to Drive

Why Motorway Driving Should Be Part of Learning to Drive

According to new guidelines from the Department for Transport, learner drivers will now be allowed on the UK’s motorways when accompanied by a qualified driving instructor.

However, with proposals for learners to now be allowed on the country’s motorway network to gain experience, are the plans a good idea or will it increase the problem of lacking confidence seen in new drivers when making their way on to a motorway for the first time as the speed differential widens?

In short, no. Leaners will be accompanied by their instructor in the normal manner, meaning their teacher is more than likely not going to throw them in at the deep end with a 70mph stretch of tarmac until they’re good and ready.

Garnering motorway experience so new drivers are au fait with how motorways work straight away is a superb idea as we all know how exploring a three-lane carriageway can be a daunting experience.

Many newly qualified drivers build the first motorway trip up unnecessarily, creating undue fear.

But motorways are well sighted, don’t have any corners to speak of and have traffic flowing in the same direction. In theory then, they should be the easiest type of roads to drive on in the UK.

Hopefully the new initiative will see learners realise that motorways aren’t something to be frightened of, simply that the trick to fruitful navigation of a motorway is getting on, changing lanes and leaving the carriageway safely – and its only experience that can teach this.

Motorways aren’t dangerous. In fact, according to the European Road Assessment Programme, they’re the nation’s safest type of roadway.

For a leaner to gain experience in a controlled (relatively) environment is an excellent idea. That a newly qualified driver could return home from a test centre by driving on a motorway at 70mph – sometimes faster – is nonsensical, but more importantly dangerous to both themselves and other drivers.

The plans for “motorway practicing” could prove the perfect way to eradicate the culture among learners that motorways are scary, highlighting to them that when broken down and learnt in chunks, driving on a three-lane highway is actually perfectly manageable.

We’re convinced by the proposal and believe it’ll help raise both awareness and driving standards amongst young motorists on the country’s motorways – it’s been a long time coming but will hopefully see accident rates also further reduced.

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