Learner drivers will gain valuable experience by being allowed to take lessons on the motorway following the change in law, Co-op Insurance has stated.
Head of Young Driver Insurance at the firm Steve Kerrigan welcomed the new legislation that allows learner motorists to go on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales with approved driving instructors.
He said the law change will “see thousands of historically unprepared drivers be better equipped to drive on the fastest roads in the UK”.
Mr Kerrigan noted that as motorways can be extremely dangerous, accidents that occur on them can be “catastrophic”.
Co-op Insurance reported that 15 per cent of accidents involving in young drivers have been on the motorway, and the financial services provider hopes that by gaining more experience, motorists may be able to reduce this figure.
From Monday June 4th, learner drivers have been able to take to the wheel on the motorway so long as they are accompanied by an approved driving instructor and in a car with dual controls.
Prior to this, drivers could only go on motorways after they passed their driving test.
Motorway driving in lessons will be voluntary and not part of driving tests. However, the government hopes this change will give learners more road experience, practice at high-speed driving, opportunities to overtake and use slip roads, and the chance to gain more confidence in their driving.
Mr Kerrigan added: “We are positive that the learner drivers who do decide to take motorway lessons will benefit and the roads will become safer.”
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