Driving on Your Own When You Have Just Passed
I recently passed my driving test back in April, and when I did I thought I knew it all when it came to driving. As soon as I passed, that coming weekend I had a car and I was on the road. As it is for everyone, it’s a surreal experience driving on your own, making your own decisions and choosing which way you want to go. Every decision you make is absolutely crucial for your own safety and also others around you.
One of the scariest things when driving on your own for the first time is not having the comfort of your driving instructor telling you what to do and preventing you from having any accidents. I think with learners they, in a sense, have an increased confidence in their driving - knowing that they are extremely safe, with a qualified instructor in the car ready to brake at any slight possibly of having an accident.
It is also incredibly alarming how as soon as you’ve passed you are on your own and there are no future assessments to see how you drive without the comfort of your driving instructor in the car. Whilst you are a learner, it is illegal to drive on a motorway, although you are allowed to drive on dual carriageways.
This means that once a learner has passed his or her test, they will have no experience driving on motorways. They are only merely offered a ‘Pass Plus Scheme which allows drivers to drive on the motorway (once they’ve passed). It’s also intended to give young or new drivers the confidence to drive on their own, something which should surely be given to learners whilst having normal driving lessons anyway.
The pass plus scheme includes these 6 modules.
- Town driving
- All-weather driving
- Driving out of town
- Night driving
- Driving on dual carriageways
- Driving on motorways
This is only offered to learners once they have passed, and it is also at an extra cost.
In my opinion, considering I have recently only just passed, I believe that there should be future assessments once you have passed and monitor how you drive on your own without an instructor.
I also believe that it should be a mandatory requirement that you should learn on the motorway whilst having driving lessons, as it can be a terrifying experience driving on the motorway with no previous experience whatsoever. Either way something should be put in place to make drivers feel more comfortable and confident driving on the roads or motorways, without their instructors with them.
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14 June 2013
Written by Jordan