So, its finally happened! The DVSA yesterday (12/8/17) announced that learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorway's from next year. The date is to be confirmed but it means that provisional licence holders will finally be allowed to get proper training on how to drive on and deal with motorways before passing their driving test. The new rule applies only to car divers, motorcycles won't be allowed, and the tuition must be with an approved driving instructor and in a dual controlled car. There will be no change to the driving test to include motorways, so this extra training would be on a voluntary basis for those interested in gaining the valuable experience of motorway driving with their instructor. Mile for mile motorways are the UK's safest roads, but a great many newly qualified drivers say that they find the thought of motorway driving scary and some would even avoid driving on them at all. So this new rule at least opens the door for leaners to try the experience while under the watchful eye of their instructor in a dual controlled vehicle. I for one am looking forward to taking my first learner for a run down the M1 and M62 next year.
These are the musings of Kevin Jewison ADI owner of this driving school and website.