Learner drivers on motorways - everything you need to know

Learner drivers on motorways - everything you need to know
Learner drivers can now have lessons on Britain’s motorways following a change in the law that came into effect today (Monday 4th June 2018).

Here’s everything you need to know about the change:

Can any learner now drive on a motorway?

Learner drivers wishing to practise on motorways will have to be accompanied by an approved instructor in a dual-control car fitted with L-plates. Their instructor will also have to be satisfied that the learner is competent enough to have lessons on motorways.

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Will all learners have to drive on motorways?

Motorway lessons won’t be compulsory, but it’s hoped that giving learners exposure to motorways will give them a better understanding of how to drive safely at high speed.

Do the changes also apply to motorcyclists?

No, the change in the law doesn’t apply to learner motorcyclists.

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What was the law, previously?

Before today’s law change, motorists were only allowed to drive on motorways after they’d passed their test.

Why was the law changed?

Many new drivers say they feel nervous when venturing onto a motorway for the first time – and some avoid the 70mph roads altogether.

According to one survey, one in 12 licence holders stay off motorways for at least half a year after passing their driving test.

And statistics show that motorists are most at risk of having accidents during those first six months of having a licence.

How do I get a provisional licence?

The rule change is all about helping to familiarise learners with the demands of motorway driving – and about boosting safety in the process.

What’s the RAC’s response to the change?

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “We welcome the news that learner drivers will be allowed to take lessons on the motorway under the supervision of an approved driving instructor in a dual-controlled car, something that motorists we surveyed were overwhelmingly supportive of.

“While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test. Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance the confidence of new drivers.”

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And what’s the advice to experienced drivers on motorways?

The Government’s advice to other motorists is: “Always be patient with learners as they may not be so skilful at anticipating and responding to events.”

It’s also recommended that drivers keep a safe distance from learners in front of them and increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog.

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