Can a learner drive on a motorway?
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The law changed in 2018 to allow leaner drivers to get motorway driving experience. Prior to this, learner drivers were prohibited from get driving experience on motorways until they passed their driving test. The motorways in NI are much less congested than in the UK, but if you are a nervous driver, the only option to get motorway driving experience was to pay for extra instructor lessons after you had passed your test.
Another alternative is to complete the
Can you drive on a motorway with a provisional license?
Yes, it is now possible for provisional licence holders to drive on motorways, but they must be accompanied by a qualified instructor with
Do learners have a different speed limit on the motorway?
Leaners must stay within the motorway speed limits, which is currently 70mph. Driving too slowly on the motorway can be a hazard, so stay within the limits and drive at sensible speed based on road conditions, or take the lead from other more experienced drivers. The highway code provides advice and guidance that you should study before driving on motorways or dual carriageway. See highway code section 259 on matching your speed to the traffic flow whilst in the left lane.
Improved Safety Measures for newly qualified drivers
The ministry of environment have enacted the following rules in order to improve safety and reduce new driver road accidents. 20% of accidents are attributable to young drivers aged 17-21, whilst they represent only 7% of licence holders. The measures announced include:
Restricted passengers to close family should have a big impact on the number of road accidents, as a young driver you mostly wish to impress throe friends and unfortunately for many that entails driving too fast, Speed without experience is a recipe for disaster. These measures may also help reduce the costs of learner driver insurance and newly qualified river insurance in both NI and the UK.