The government want to let learner drivers practice on motorways. But only with an approved instructor, exercising their judgement, in dual control cars. So what is so special and dangerous about motorways that it needs special vehicles?
Speed is the same with a dual carriageway that’s 2 lanes or more. However with the motorway there is a sense of being trapped there, that you can’t get off for miles. This can terrify new drivers.
Personally I always found motorway driving the easiest and safest. But when it gets busy on the m25 where people stay in the 3rd lane and people do stupid things like undertaking (not simply driving in same lane), it can be teriffying for someone new to driving. You have to use mirrors a lot and have a lot of spatial awareness and some can develop this only with driving extensively
That’s my uneducated 2 penny based on nothing more than casual anecdotes, discussions with new learners and observation
That’s how it works in The Netherlands and motorway driving is part of the test. You cannot drive outside of lessons in a dual control car with a qualified instructor until you pass your test though. I think that system is better personally as it reduces the risk of a learner having an accident.
Fair enough. I did that in SA a lot. In fact I was driving when I was 13 on farms and then when I finally went for my license, I just got in and drove as normal. Passed with flying colours… Damn, that was a long time ago!
This reminds me that in my opinion the current Dot test should only get you a provisional kind of licence for a few years to gain betyer experience prior to a test closer to an Advanced Test and be retested periodically. Driving schools too!
I think that’s two quite different problems - it’s obvious that driving standards are dropping generally, perhaps in line with people generally assuming they’re a good driver. But, separately, there’s the question of what the benefit is to learning to drive on a motorway, as against whatever the downsides are of having learners there.
Motorways don’t seem to be the venue for a large enough proportion of accidents to make me think it’s a place that people really need more or better training.
Driving on motorways is part of the UK experience, therefore it should be part of the UK driving tuition and examination experience.
As should: parallel parking, parking in tight car park spaces, night driving. I’d also love to see more awareness of other road users being part of the test, ideally a requirement to ride a motor scooter in traffic for a specified time.