Government proposals to include motorway driving as part of the test is definitely a good thing, although may be difficult for learners living in remote parts of Britain, says Crispin Moger, CEO of Marmalade, a leading provider of cars and insurance for young drivers.
He continues: “Driving on a motorway requires different skills and I have long argued that this should form part of driving lessons and or test.
“The first time on a motorway can be an incredibly stressful and nerve-racking experience for young drivers - and most driving instructors will tell you that nerves can lead to mistakes. Without a driving instructor at their side, and a lack of experience of motorway driving, young drivers are at risk of making mistakes that could put them in danger.
“While I wholeheartedly agree that this should be a part of the lesson and or test experience, it is worth remembering that some people (such as those living in West Cornwall) live several hours from a motorway. It is also worth noting that statistically speaking, country roads see a higher rate of incidents and fatalities so while it is important to give our drivers as much experience as possible on all road types, still more needs to be done to improve overall road safety for young drivers.”