The government has announced that from 2018 learner drivers will be allowed to drive on the motorway before passing their driving test.
This is something many people have wanted for a long time and I think it’s a good idea. Far too many people drive on motorways having no understanding of the rules and how different they are to normal roads.
Motorways are the safest roads the drive on. Statistics show that of all the new drivers killed each year, only 4% are killed on the motorway. You’re statiscally far less likely to have a crash at all compared to other types of roads but when you do they are usually far more serious due to the higher speeds involved.
With many towns and cities adopting 20mph as the standard speed limit, it’s been suggested that motorway speed limit should increase to 80mph to make up for time lost driving at lower speeds. Maybe this is the first step towards that as almost any vehicle can safely handle 80mph and there should be no pedestrians on the motorway, making higher speeds safer.