Learner Drivers Allowed on Motorways

Learner drivers allowed on motorways from 4th June 2018. This will be a landmark day in driver education in the UK.

This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

Motorways and now becoming very high tech and using the very best upto date information to keep us safe. SMART Motorways to multi lane contra flows we aim to keep you updated as we introduce motorway lessons to our syllabus on June 4th 2018.


Learner drivers will need to be:

  • Accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • Driving a car fitted with dual controls
  • Any motorways lessons will be voluntary
  • It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them


Skill requirements:

• Effective observation

• Good anticipation

• Effective use of mirrors

• Continual re-assessment of other vehicles

• Reading the road ahead

• Joining from slip roads, judgement of speed and position of other vehicles

• Following distances

• Safe overtaking

• Courtesy to other road users


Topics to be covered:

• Forward planning and observation

• Reaction to other road users

• Lane discipline

• Safe lane changing

•Separation distances

• Reaction to road signs and markings

• Awareness and planning

• Judgement of faster moving traffic

• Vehicle lighting requirements

• Journey planning, use of Service Areas

• How to avoid fatigue, adequate ventilation

• Joining and leaving motorways, using acceleration and deceleration lanes

• Emerging and safe overtaking

• Assessing other traffic

• Understanding Crawler Lanes and slow-moving traffic

• Dealing with LGVs, high sided vehicles and side winds

• Driving in adverse weather conditions, high winds, rain, spray, fog, snow/ice

• Smart Motorways, Gantry Signs and lane use

• Understanding Marker Posts and Safety Telephones

• Accident and breakdown procedures

• Dealing with contraflow and other road maintenance

• Safe use of Hard Shoulders

• How to react to Emergency Vehicles and Highways Agency Officers