Taking your learner driver on the motorway can be worrying. Here are some tips for making it less stressful.
Sit down with your learner before the practice session and map out your route. Having a good session plan in place can be a good way to make sure you both feel confident and in control while driving on motorways.
Many learners find it hard to plan a route. Giving your learner a mental picture of where they’re going at the start is important. It’ll also help you to concentrate on their driving, rather than where they’re going.
Make sure you don’t rush your learner into a level of driving they’re uncomfortable with.
Plan your session so you practise only one thing at a time. Make sure your learner practises each action a couple of times to build their confidence.
Here are some ideas:
Under normal driving conditions, the 2-second rule is an easy way to make sure a driver has enough following distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front. Get your learner to practise keeping a 2-second following distance when they drive.
This is how you can check if they’re travelling 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front:
In bad weather, when the road is wet or slippery, when you’re towing a trailer, or if the vehicle behind you is too close, your learner needs to increase their following distance to 4 seconds because they’ll take longer to stop if they need to.
To check that they’re travelling 4 seconds behind the vehicle in front, follow the instructions for the 2-second rule, but count from one thousand and one to one thousand and 4 instead.
Talk to your learner about looking ahead and steering gently with no sudden movements. They should be:
Remind your learner it’s important to always drive at a speed that’s right for the conditions. The speed limit is a maximum, not a goal to aim for.
In general, your learner should keep in the left lane unless they’re overtaking.
Encourage them not to worry about impatient drivers. If someone is following too closely behind them, that person can use the right lane to pass.