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Young drivers

Learning to drive is a key moment in the life of many young people and can be a time of anxiety for parents. Being able to drive allows greater independence to get around, especially in areas where public transport is limited.

However, the sad fact is that in 2015, young drivers aged 17-24 made up only 7 per cent of UK full driving licence holders yet were involved in 22 per cent of fatal or serious collisions in which they were the driver.

From June 4, 2018 learner drivers can take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. To drive on motorways learner drivers must be accompanied by a professional driving instructor (an ADI) in a dual controlled car that is displaying L plates or has a driving school rooftop box. Motorway lessons are not compulsory and it is up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough. Motorway driving is not being introduced into the driving test.

The information contained within this young drivers' hub is aimed to guide young drivers through the process of applying for their licence, learning to drive, and the first few months once they have passed their test. Much of this information will be of interest to parents or guardians especially if they are thinking of providing private practice coaching.

Further information can be found on our Helping Learner Drivers website.


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