Well its been mooted around for almost a year now, with the government saying learner drivers will be allowed on Motorways in 2018. Finally they have given a date for this too happen and I can officially say from Monday 4th June 2018 that learner drivers will be allowed on the Motorway network of Great Britain.
Now before everybody loses the plot and starts shouting “carnage” “what a stupid idea” and other statements which undoubtedly will have some expletives in, is it really as bad an idea as allowing anybody to drive on a Motorway from the second they have passed their test without any further training ?
When we say learners are allowed on the Motorway it doesn’t actually mean any learner driver, of any standard, sat with any driver (or worse on their own) There are some strict restrictions on learning on a Motorway :-
Must be accompanied by a fully qualified driving instructor, so please ensure anyone giving you motorway training has a green badge in the window. Trainee driving instructors ARE NOT ALLOWED to give motorway lessons. (Trainee instructors have a pink badge in the window)
The car used for the training MUST HAVE DUAL CONTROLS.
Always remember a learner driver, is exactly what it says on the tin LEARNING !! So maybe with your expertise in driving you can show excellent forward planning and either overtake them or stay well behind. Remember they are only doing what the instructor has asked them too.
If a learner was to overtake you, please don’t take this as embarrassing or angrily, you will undoubtedly doing a speed you are comfortable with, the learner is just being shown how to use the motorway network and make the best progress through this network.
Personal quote from Graham (Get Driving Today)
“Motorway driving is an essential skill that should be taught and taught well, in Bolton and Bury we have one of the busiest motorway networks in the country, so I can assure you that everybody that starts lessons with us will be introduced to motorway driving as soon as we feel they are at a standard to cope with its speeds, and varying traffic conditions.”
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