Learner Drivers and motorways

Learner on motorway

From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers have been able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.

The law was changed to help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

Previously, you could only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.


How it works

Learner drivers will need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons are voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.  The motorway lesson can then be taken as part of a regular driving lesson.


Preparing drivers for a lifetime of safe driving

The changes were made to allow learner drivers to:

  • get broader driving experience before taking their driving test
  • get training on how to join and leave the motorway, overtake and use lanes correctly
  • practise driving at higher speeds
  • understand motorway specific traffic signs
  • understand what to do if a vehicle breaks down on a motorway
  • improve their confidence to drive on the motorway unsupervised after passing their driving test

With these new changes, learner drivers can be more prepared, more experience and far more confident to go it alone!  Motorway driving has for years been a big hurdle for newly qualified drivers.


Motorway lessons are not for everyone

As already said it will be the driving instructors choice whether to take a learner driver on a motorway or not.  Not every learner driver will have the confidence or the ability.  As a driving instructor, I am fortunate to live in a town with lots of major roads and dual carriageways, which can be a good first step to faster driving.  Also with a motorway running through the town motorway driving can easily be fitted into a driving lesson, but only where appropriate.


Driving near learner drivers on the motorway

As with any vehicle on the motorway, keep a safe distance from a learner driver in front of you. Increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog.

You should always be patient with learner drivers. They may not be so skilful at anticipating and responding to events.


If you are interested in taking driving lessons in the Basingstoke area then please get in touch by calling or texting 07854 245 494