Free motorway lessons for Somerset's newly-qualified drivers

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NEWLY-qualified drivers in Somerset can benefit from free motorway lessons as part of a safety initiative.

Somerset Road Safety is offering the 90-minute lessons to drivers between 17 and 24 as part of the 'Up to Speed' project, aimed at improving motorway safety.

Cabinet member Harvey Siggs, said: “Driving on the motorway can be a daunting experience and this is a fantastic opportunity for newly qualified drivers to learn the fundamentals of motorway driving and build confidence with an approved driving instructor by their side.

“I would encourage all drivers that qualify for this course to book themselves on to it to increase their knowledge and experience."

Learners are not allowed to drive on the motorway, meaning that newly-qualified drivers often lack the knowledge and experience of motorway driving when they first pass their test.

Drivers must attend a free, hour-long workshop prior to the practical lesson to learn the rules of motorway.

Drivers will then be accompanied by an approved driving instructor for a 90-minute practical driving lesson on the motorway covering joining the motorway, overtaking manoeuvres, lane discipline, approaching a junction and leaving the motorway.

Terry Beale, manger of Somerset Road Safety, said: “The current regulations prohibit learner drivers from gaining valuable experience on major high speed roads.

"Our aim is to give young drivers additional skills to drive on the motorway safely.

"This course will go some way to giving them the confidence and experience to avoid the dangers of driving on high speed roads.”

To book your place, click here and submit your details. For more information, call 01823-423430.

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11:57am Tue 3 Dec 13

topcataj says...

I would suggest offering it to older drivers who have never been 'taught' to drive on the motorway either!
I would suggest offering it to older drivers who have never been 'taught' to drive on the motorway either! topcataj

12:33pm Tue 3 Dec 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Maybe we she also put BMW, Audi and Range/Land Rover drivers on it that way they may learn good lane discipline and the use of indicators.
Maybe we she also put BMW, Audi and Range/Land Rover drivers on it that way they may learn good lane discipline and the use of indicators. FreeSpeech?

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