Huge news is on the way for learner drivers as it’s just been revealed they will soon be able to take lessons on the motorway in a move to boost driver safety.
So long as they’re in a dual control car, learner drivers will be able to get onto the motorways and take their vehicles all the way to 70mph beginning in 2018, reports the BBC.
Shockingly, those under the age of 25 are seven times more likely to be killed in a motorway crash, and it is thought that actually learning how to drive on the motorway will massively reduce this statistic.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
The UK has some of safest roads in the world and we want to make them even safer.
Allowing learners to drive on motorways in a supportive environment will help them develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams added:
While motorways are statistically our safest roads, it can be daunting using them for the first time after passing the driving test.
Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance the confidence of new drivers.
Hopefully the new law will help learner drivers gain the confidence to get onto the motorways without too much stress beforehand.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.