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Ready for learner drivers on the motorway?

Motorway in the mist

Well, you better GET ready - because you'll be seeing them from next year.

Why do learners need motorway experience?

For a lot of new drivers, tackling a motorway for the first time (or second, third, fourth, fifth...) is quite scary. I actually went out with my driving instructor after I passed so I could try it in my own car but with help.

Getting onto the motorway and managing lanes are the only real things a new driver needs to get to grips with - everything else is awareness and confidence. But fear can make you do silly things, so this change will hopefully make everyone safer.

Most driving instructors currently teach these skills on dual carriageways because the speed limit is the same, so the experience on a real motorway is largely about helping a learner grow their confidence that they can handle it alone.

Is it safe for learners to drive on the motorway?

Motorways are actually safer than smaller roads. The speed limit is high, sure, but everyone's travelling in the same direction, there are fewer hazards to negotiate and the roads are pretty straight.

Learners won't be allowed to go on the motorway with any supervising driver; they have to be accompanied by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI - so no trainee instructors allowed) with dual controls.

Is the driving test changing?

Nope, not yet. Driving instructors will be allowed to take their learners on the motorway for experience (they don't actually HAVE to) but motorway driving won't be included in the driving test yet.

The driving test is getting an update in December 2017 but the changes involve the kinds of manouevres learners have to know.

What do you reckon? Good idea, bit iffy or totally blinking bonkers?
Tell us in the comments.


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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