Half of Brits want a motorway element added to the driving test

Half of Brits want a motorway element added to the driving test
Half of Brits want a motorway element added to the driving test

A survey of UK residents has revealed that most would like to see a motorway driving portion on the practical driving test.

Over half (51 per cent) said motorway driving should be on the driving test.

Motorway driving was, until last year, illegal for all learner drivers, but changes to the DVSA’s rules mean learners now have the chance to gain experience on the motorway during lessons.

This coincided with other changes to the practical test, with the addition of SatNav and the removal of the reverse around the corner manoeuvre.

Motorway driving on tests

Driving on dual carriageways is already a critical part of most driving tests in the UK, but motorways are not included in test routes at the moment.

This is partly due to geography, with many test centres miles away from the nearest motorway, or in cases like in Norfolk or the Scottish highlands, there are simply no motorways in the region.

Roundabouts and parallel parking

Just under half, 49 per cent, of UK residents said tackling a roundabout should be included, with 47 per cent wanting to see parallel parking in every test.

Emergency stops were also popular, with 46 per cent of people wanting them to be assessed.

New elements such as night driving were seen as important with 45 per cent wanting it to be added to the test.

People also think the theory test should change, with 43 per cent believing it is important for learner drivers to be able to name parts of a car.

Minimum hours of learning

Two of the most popular suggestions in the survey were learner drivings completing a minimum number of hours behind the wheel of a car before being able to take their test.

Nearly 80 per cent said that should be the case, with 84 per cent saying there should be a probationary period for new drivers with their licence at risk if they commit a traffic offence or are found at fault in an accident.

The research, undertaken by insurers InsuretheGap.com, asked 1,000 people what they would like to see change in the UK driving test and changes to rules for new drivers.

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