Hello everyone and Welcome to the Elite Driving School Blog’s New in Driving News!
There has been a lot of Driving News lately, mainly, revolving around the weather!
However, last week, it was announced that Learner Drivers would be allowed on the motorways, with a qualified Driving Instructor, as of the 4th June 2018!
I have both good and points for the debate of Learner Drivers being allowed on motorways…
Let’s get all the negativity out of the way, and start with the cons:
-Motorways are dangerous if going both too fast, or too slow. Going too slow on a Motorway can cause serious problems, and can be very dangerous, which is why generally, it is better to do when more competent.
-Realistically, in an average hour/hour and a half lesson, the Learner isn’t going to get very far, before having to turn around and come back home. It is going to be extremely difficult for those who don’t live anywhere near a motorway, to have a motorway lesson as a learner…right?
-Thy’re unreliable. This shouldn’t be too difficult to explain, but sometimes, for unforeseen circumstances, you can get stuck on the motorway for hours. I’m sure we have all been there. Just last week, people were stuck on the M62 for 15 hours, after a mass crash. – Could you imagine being stuck in a car for 15 hours with your instructor?
-The other road users. You can sometimes get people, who get a little ‘speed happy’ and tend to just zoom off, well over the speed limit. This of course is annoying to general road users, never mind learners, who haven’t even passed a test to determine if they are ready to drive safely or not. I can imagine it being quite scary.
-They’re unqualified. Sure, they’re with a qualified instructor, who can drive at an advanced level, and in a car with dual controls, but that doesn’t prevent the fact that they’re unqualified. And yes, I understand the point of this is to become qualified, but people generally learn or go on a motorway, after they have experienced driving on their own on A and B roads.
Okay. Now, for the Pro’s:
-It allows the learner to advance on the skills that they already have, to be able to assess the situation appropriately.
-It allows learners to be experienced on all roads, before becoming qualified.
-With the new ‘Smart Motorways’ it enables learners to be more aware of how they work, as they won’t be involved in the Theory test.
-It gives them an advanced knowledge, meaning that there could potentially be fewer ‘new driver’ accidents.
What do you think?
We would love to hear your thoughts on the subject, as I think it is such a controversial one.
– The Elite Team