IT has always seemed somewhat bizarre that you learn how to drive on motorways only after you pass your driving test.

While motorways are the safest type of road to travel on, the bar on learners using them has meant they tended to be tackled for the first time by newly qualified drivers who would often be alone in the car.

Post-test motorway courses are available to teach the specific skills needed for driving on them, but government research found that only a very small percentage of new drivers were taking these.

Younger drivers are up to seven times more likely to be killed or seriously injured compared with drivers over 25, and lack of experience is an important factor. Allowing learners to drive on motorways with a qualified instructor will help them develop a practical understanding of how to use motorways safely before driving independently.”

From today learner drivers will be allowed to take driving lessons on the UK’s motorway network. The rule changes have been introduced to help new motorists equip themselves better to drive on the motorway, which can be daunting.

It will also give learners the chance to practise driving at higher speeds, understand motorway traffic signs and understand what to do if a vehicle breaks down on a motorway.

Giving learners the option to gain valuable experience on our fastest and busiest roads should further improve safety and enhance the confidence of new drivers.

We welcome the move.