Learner drivers, should they have motorway tuition?

The Institute of Advanced Motorists claims that learner drivers should be allowed on motorways.

Why? Because learner drivers would benefit from having experience of motorway driving before passing their test and would help motorists, it would also avoid some of the most common mistakes such as driving to close and centre lane hogging.Furthermore, it stresses that “very few” pre test drivers have been trained to use motorways so most will only learn from their “mistakes”. This, the safety charity states is “far from ideal”. They also argue that learner drivers are “a safe group on normal roads”. The government will publish a green paper relating to learners that might include such a provision in the near future. If this becomes law, it would bring the UK’s motorway policy more in-line with Australia’s and The United States of America’s. Furthermore, GEM – a breakdown recovery specialist – recently ran a survey which showed that eighty-five percent of motorists want learner drivers to have pre-test motorway tuition – and seventy-seven percent agreed that such roads should be covered by the test. The vast majority of the people who responded to the survey also want learners to be tutored over a minimum time period.

Safety Expert Discusses Learner Drivers On Motorways

The Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive, Simon Best, said: “Human error is the main contributory factor in seventy-one percent of injury crashes on motorways and surveys suggest drivers often lack confidence on motorway use.” He continued: “This measure – plus widely available refresher and modular courses on motorway driving – should be encouraged to help everyone use them from a position of knowledge and confidence. The outcome should be fewer incidents, fewer injuries, and fewer delays.”

Advantages Of Letting Learner Drivers On Motorways

The prospect of finding learner drivers on the motorway makes some people wince. That is understandable. But consider this: everyone has to venture onto these roads for the first time – and currently that could be one minute after someone passes the test. In other words, the first time he/she controls a car without supervision. Furthermore, motorway driving requires a different set of skills than driving through towns and cities etc. – so obviously new drivers would benefit from practical tuition, in fact, if this was compulsory then motorways would surely be safer. If we accept this point, there are two options. The first is the Institute’s pre-test suggestion, the second a course the new driver completes after the test but before he/she uses motorways unsupervised. The second option cannot viably be policed so perhaps pre-test motorway tuition is the better option.
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