Marmalade gives the thumbs up for learner drivers

UK motorway among country fields on a sunny day

Posted by Media Team on 16 August 2017

Marmalade, the leading provider of insurance and cars for young and learner drivers, has lent support to the addition of motorway experience to driving lessons by the Department for Transport.

From 2018, learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual-control car, giving them experience that they would not have previously had until after passing their practical driving test.

This new development follows Marmalade revealing that the majority of young drivers don’t feel ready for motorway driving. In a recent survey of over 1,800 young and learner drivers, 63% of those who had passed their test feel that they could have been better prepared for motorways whilst learning to drive.

This comes in comparison to 51% who feel unprepared for breaking down and 34% for vehicle safety and maintenance, making motorways the biggest gap in knowledge for learner drivers in the UK. From next year, however, learner drivers will be taught how to join and exit slip roads, change lanes correctly, safely overtake other vehicles and experience driving at higher speeds.

Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade, said: “It’s a no-brainer that in order to be confident and competent at something, you need practice. The current system of learning to drive doesn’t make sense, leaving new drivers vulnerable and unprepared for driving on some of the country’s busiest and quickest roads.

“One of our young driver ambassadors, vlogger Jim Knight, didn’t drive on a motorway for two years after passing his test due to a lack of knowledge. We helped him through this, sending him out in a car with an instructor and he now uses motorways regularly, but not everyone has this opportunity or support.

“We need to ensure that learning to drive teaches people how to deal with real-life issues and situations that they’ll face when they get on the road. It will make a huge difference to new drivers’ confidence, as well as making the roads a much safer place for everyone.

“At Marmalade we champion the needs of young drivers and are delighted that this is being addressed. We propose that this increased support continues to address the other issues faced by young and learner drivers, such as the cost of learning to drive and a lack of education around breaking down and vehicle maintenance.”

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