Learner drivers allowed lessons on motorways from 2018. 14/08/17


The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways by 2018. At the moment only drivers that have actually passed their driving test are allowed on motorways.

The change was originally proposed by the DfT in 2015 in an effort to give new drivers the opportunity to learn how to use motorways correctly and so make motorway driving safer for all.

The change has been welcomed by motoring organisations who believe that getting the appropriate practical as well as theoretical training can only be of benefit to new and existing motorway users.

As a reminder to all road users, the Highway code rules are:

  • When joining the motorway give priority to traffic already on the road. Match your speed to fit safely into the traffic flow and remain in the left-hand lane long enough to adjust to the speed of traffic before considering overtaking

  • When you can see well ahead and the road conditions are good, drive at a steady cruising speed within the speed limit

  • Always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking slower-moving vehicles, return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past

  • Only overtake on the right-hand side, when it safe and legal to do so. In congested conditions, however, you may keep up with the traffic in your lane even if this means passing traffic in the lane to your right. Do not weave in and out of lanes to overtake

  • Do not stop on the hard shoulder except in an emergency

  • Do not reverse, cross the central reservation, or drive against the traffic flow. If you have missed your exit, carry on to the next one




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