For the first time, learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway lessons before they have passed their tests. They will still be under the supervision of a driving instructor.
Motorway lessons, according to the Department for Transport (DfT), will allow Britain’s roads to become safer than ever. Even though the DfT pride themselves on the safety of British roads, they want to make them even safer by allowing learner drivers to join motorways as part of their lessons.
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.”
Williams continued: “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.”
Some people, of course, are saying that this shouldn’t be optional and should, in fact, be mandatory. On the other side of the argument, some learner drivers are saying that these optional lessons, while valuable, would only add an increased cost to their learning.
“While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test.”
PETE WILLIAMS – RAC
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the DfT had consulted with learner drivers and instructors on the idea earlier in the year, and they found that the majority of learners and instructors were supportive of the change. He said that younger drivers were seven times more likely to be in a serious, or fatal, accident and that the cause was often attributed to lack of experience from the younger driver. These changes are an effort to reduce that figure significantly.