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Should driving lessons be changed?

Thursday August 24 2017

AFTER the announcement that learner drivers will be able to have motorway lessons from next year, road safety charity Brake says lessons should also be compulsory on rural, country roads. But what other changes would you like to see to driving lessons?

The calls come after statistics revealed in 2015, the last year for which statistics are available, 120 young drivers lost their lives in crashes - 80 per cent of these occurring on rural roads, 16 per cent on urban roads and four per cent on motorways.

Brake is calling for a total overhaul of the learning to drive system to help cut fatalities and injuries.

It says it would like to see a graduated licensing system introduced, that would include a minimum learning period, mandatory training on rural roads and restrictions for newly-qualified drivers such as a zero drink-drive limit, that will allow new drivers to build up more skills and experience over a longer period of time.

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