Learners need to understand how motorways work and that they are the safest of our roads as only 4% of crashes happen on motorways and account for just 5% of all fatalities. When they do occur however they tend to be serious because of the speeds involved.
There are different rules that apply on motorways. The Highway Code has specific rules (253-273) though many of the other rules apply to motorway driving too. NASP suggest an initial discussion with the learner before any practical on road motorway session begins.
It is recommended that such practical training takes place near to the end of a learner’s pre-test training when they are “TEST READY” when all other aspects of driving have been covered and they are at a competent level where they can drive unaided. It is essential to ensure that any learner driving on a motorway is in full control of the vehicle, cognisant of the requirements of motorway driving, and confident in dealing with fast moving traffic situations.
NASP have updated its Motorway Tuition Guidelines highlighting skill requirements needed for driving on the motorway, as well as topics to be covered when teaching.