The Institute of Advanced Motorists claims that learner drivers should be allowed on motorways. Why? Because supervised, pre-test, tuition would help motorists “avoid some of the most common mistakes such as driving to close and centre lane hogging”. Furthermore, it stresses that “very few” people have been trained to use motorways so most learn from their “mistakes”. This, the safety charity says, is “far from ideal”. It also argues that learner drivers are “a safe group on normal roads”. In the near future, the government will publish a green paper relating to learners that might include such a provision. If this becomes law, it would bring the United Kingdom'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 said such roads should be covered by the test. The vast majority of the survey respondents 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 learners on a motorway makes some people wince. That is understandable. But consider this: everyone has to venture onto these roads for the first time - and as things stand 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 cruising through town, etc. - so clearly new drivers would benefit from practical tuition. Surely, in fact, if this was compulsory the motorways would 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 latter cannot viably be policed so perhaps pre-test motorway tuition is the better option.
Have your say - Do you agree that supervised learner drivers should have pre-test tuition or complete a mandatory post driving motorway skills test?