Should learner drivers be allowed on motorways?

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It’s arguably the thing new drivers are most nervous about, but should motorway driving be taught to learners?

In an effort to find out what learner drivers think about driving on the UK’s fastest roads, Highways England and the Driving Instructors Association (DIA) have teamed up to create a new driver survey.

Since being announced in early 2017, government plans to allow learners to practice on motorways have attracted a lot of attention.

At the moment there is no mandatory training on 70mph roads with drivers only allowed to drive on motorways once they’ve passed their test. For many new drivers this may feel like a daunting prospect.

Highways England and DIA will use the results from the survey to develop new training resources to help those who are just learning to drive or have just passed their test feel more confident about driving on high-speed roads.

The DIA and Highways England are also working together to establish views from instructors on what the resources should include and how they could be delivered.

The new driver survey can be found here.

The instructor’s survey can be found here.

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