Wednesday, 25 January 2012

IAM Calling For Mandatory Rural Road Driving For Learners

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) are calling for mandatory practice on rural roads around Britain to help reduce accidents amongst young drivers and help cut the costs of learner driver insurance and full licenced young drivers car insurance.

A study by IAM shows that 82% of all serious accidents in rural areas take place on single carriageway roads, with a mere 18% occuring on motorways and dual carriageways.

IAM believe that this is not being represented under current driving test conditions, which means that some instructors are only educating learner drivers up to a certain standard. This essentially means that once they pass their test they are not 100% comfortable on all road types.

The Chief Executive of IAM, Simon Best, commented that whilst the UK is known for safer cars and better, safer roads to help cut down dangers to motorists, the roads where young drivers are being "killed and injured are still not consistently part of the driving test."

With changes to the way learners drivers practice - including a stint on the motorway with a driving instructor and the Road safety minister, Mike Penning announcing plans to stop releasing driving theory questions there seems to be a real shake-up coming - for learner drivers and their driving instructors.

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