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Opinion : Should learner drivers be allowed on the motorway?

| June 4, 2018

From today, Monday 4th June 2018, learner drivers will be allowed to drive on the motorways.

Of course they will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and be in a dual control car.

In my opinion the motorways are dangerous enough without adding learners to the mix, indeed just look how many accidents there are on the stretch of the M40 that runs through South Buckinghamshire.

As far as my good self is concerned learners should never be allowed anywhere near the motorways.

Only the other day my good self was driving home from work after a particularly punishing day when I had the misfortune to get stuck behind a learner driver crawling along at 20mph.

In my opinion learners should be banned from all roads during rush hours on certain days of the week to avoid inconveniencing the normal traffic. I wonder how much the delays and traffic jams caused by learner drivers cost business each year?

Can you imagine the chaos a learner could cause on the motorway?

The driving standard of other motorists is bad enough on the normal roads but on motorways the speed merchants ply their trade in the outside lane while many motorists think it perfectly acceptable to undertake on the inside given the opportunity.

How will the learners cope with the bad driving habits of the normal drivers? Imagine being a learner driving along at 70mph and all of a sudden a speed king nips by at 120 weaving in and out of the lanes. The police are supposed to enforce the traffic laws but sadly it just doesn’t seem to be happening.

It will be interesting to see who gains notoriety for becoming the first learner to die in an accident on a motorway and how many other motorists are killed or injured in the accident.

Surely motorway driving should be something that one takes lessons on once they have passed their test?

What do you think?

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