Brits are insisting that motorway lessons are “essential” with over a third of drivers revealing they wish it had been included when learning to drive.
In 2018 the law was changed to allow learner drivers on the motorway, whilst being accompanied by an approved driving instructor – but this is not a mandatory part of driving lessons.
In a survey by one of the UK’s largest motor insurance brokers Adrian Flux, it reveals that nearly a quarter of people want a variety of road types to be considered when they are learning to drive, prompting the urge for motorways, along with smaller country roads, to be included in lessons.
Driving can cause a myriad of anxieties, whether you are learning, have just passed, or have been driving for over a year. 1 in 5 Brits cite motorway driving as their number one reason for anxiety, a figure which could be reduced if they were able to get more experience and confidence whilst learning with an instructor.
This comes as no surprise with the increasing number of accidents happening on smart motorways across the UK, with the government scrapping them from future road plans amid lack of driver confidence.
Britons would also like to see the following including during their driving lessons:
- Changing a tyre – over 31% want this important skill featured
- Mock breakdowns – it’s never fun to break down, and over 30% of new drivers would like a mock-up included so they understand what steps they need to take should they ever break down
- Driving in the dark – nearly a third of people want different driving conditions included
- Dashboard lights – 22% want to better understand the many symbols and what they mean
Advanced driver courses such as Pass Plus, or more specific courses to help with motorway driving, are commonplace after passing the test, with 1 in 3 people surveyed opting to take one.
Gerry Bucke, general manager from Adrian Flux, expresses the importance of these additional courses: “We always recommend advanced driving qualifications. By developing and honing skills such as motorway driving, these courses can not only help to relieve anxiety one may feel on the roads, they can also reduce the likelihood of accidents in new drivers. Taking an additional driving course can also lead to insurance premium savings of up to 20%, providing even further incentive.”
Learners also have an option to save money by learning to drive under the supervision of friends and family, however, learners must ensure they have the right insurance cover in place as they will not be automatically covered under the experienced driver’s policy.
But when it comes to motorway learning, learners need to ensure they are accompanied by an approved driving instructor with a dual controlled vehicle, and they can only do this when the instructor is satisfied that the learner is competent enough to have lessons on motorways.
For more information on what drivers wish they had learnt, and what causes them the most anxiety on the roads, click here.