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To think I won't kill someone if I drive like this without lessons?

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RealPill Sun 19-Jan-20 21:49:10

I passed my test. When I get my car in a few weeks, the first major trip I want to take is from Bedfordshire to Essex. AIBU to think I won't kill someone if I drive on the motorway without any lessons? blush

My instructor said I should really think carefully before attempting a motorway on my own, and has strongly advised some motorway lessons.

I thought the only tricky thing would be merging on from a slip road... Otherwise should be fine, just follow the SatNav and road signs, and stay in the first lane at 60/65mph.

Maybe I am bonkers... I've spoke to a few friends and they said they just drove on motorways without any lessons for them. But they all passed years ago so maybe things were different

SausageSimon Sun 19-Jan-20 21:50:53

They're trying to sell you extra lessons, you'll be fine!

Babynut1 Sun 19-Jan-20 21:50:57

I didn’t have any motorway lessons either. Just cracked on with it a few weeks after passing my test x

WomanInTheWindow Sun 19-Jan-20 21:51:00

You need to do a shorter trip on the motorway first. A route you know well - when it is quieter if possible.

jeremypaxo Sun 19-Jan-20 21:51:47

If you've driven on a major A road, you'll be fine.

JustanAunt Sun 19-Jan-20 21:52:25

I did it without lessons. Merging onto a motorway is the same as merging on a duel carriageway, so if you've done that then you'll be fine. Just try to match the speed of the traffic before merging

PPopsicle Sun 19-Jan-20 21:53:07

I learnt to drive in a tiny little village.
Within a few weeks I drove into central London by myself. It was amazing and really made me a more confident driver
You’ll be fine

Geometricprince Sun 19-Jan-20 21:53:13

I did pass plus, not sure there was much benefit to it to be honest and I've always found motorway driving easiest. Plus I'd done slip roads onto dual carriageways whilst learning. If you're confident then go for it! Most people do!

EmeraldsAtDawn Sun 19-Jan-20 21:53:36

I didn't have extra lessons but I did have an experienced driver come out with me the first few trips to help point things out - an extra pair of eyes and some advice for trickier spots, such as when slips roads are very close or combined with other exits or when there are complex lane splits for different routes.

RealPill Sun 19-Jan-20 21:54:00

I have merged onto a dual carriageway a few times yes but often just been lucky and there's been no build up of cars! And often had assistance from instructor...

My only fear is trying to merge on and someone not letting me in sad

Cockw0mble Sun 19-Jan-20 21:54:04

Did a busy stretch of the a1 the day after I passed my test/first time driving a new car. If you're a proficient, safe driver you'll be fine

DartmoorChef Sun 19-Jan-20 21:54:07

You should have a couple of lessons maybe. It's all well and good saying you will stay in the first lane and pootle along at 60 but it doesn't work like that. If you get stuck behind a lorry that is crawling up a hill at 30, what would you do?

Have you driven in contraflow traffic if there are roadworks on your journey?

Well done on passing but please take advice from your instructor. Motorway driving is very different from driving around town.

Thestrangestthing Sun 19-Jan-20 21:55:00

I oy went on a dual carriage way once when I was learning to drive, I did about 20 lessons when I was 17, then another 20ish be for I passed my test at 23, so basically started all over again. You will be fine.

Turnedouttoes Sun 19-Jan-20 21:55:05

They’re just trying to sell you lessons. I admit I am an absolutely horrendous driver but I find motorways easiest as it’s just a straight line mainly, if you’ve been on a dual carriage way you’ll be fine.

Likethebattle Sun 19-Jan-20 21:55:06

If you have done a dual carriageway it’s very similar. I drove on the motorway in a Sunday morning (pretty empty) to get used to it.

Lazypuppy Sun 19-Jan-20 21:55:11

Don't wait, start practicing now on motorways

Seeline Sun 19-Jan-20 21:55:47


How familiar are you with the route?
Will anyone be with you?

andyjusthangingaround Sun 19-Jan-20 21:56:06

When are you planning to do this exactly?
(My risk assessment has alarm bells going off!)

OhWellThatsJustGreat Sun 19-Jan-20 21:56:11

Everyone would benefit from further lessons after passing their test, but you don't need them.

I'd suggest as pp has said if you feel you need to build up a bit more confidence, take a couple of short trips on major A roads.

Whatsnewpussyhat Sun 19-Jan-20 21:56:17

Is this a thing now? Motorway lessons?

SmileyGiraffe Sun 19-Jan-20 21:56:26

Motorway driving is easier. Everyone is moving in the same direction and should be a similar speed, nothing/no-one will run out in front of you and there aren't any junctions to navigate.

Nothing to worry about.

RealPill Sun 19-Jan-20 21:56:41

My MIL has been driving 25 years and has never left the town/the tiny village next door. That's it. She won't go further afield, and certainly wouldn't dream of setting foot on a motorway

Bloodless Sun 19-Jan-20 21:57:08

Is it not 45 for first year? Even on motorway? Or am I confused?

Anyway you’ll be fine, I didn’t have any lessons after my test ...and merging from a slip road still gives me anxiety 🙈

puds11 Sun 19-Jan-20 21:57:23

If you’ve passed your test you can drive anywhere.

You don’t get lessons on motorways unless you do pass plus which costs more so most people don’t do it.

If you can merge or change lanes, which you have to be able to do to pass, then you’ll be fine on a motorway.

If you are worried, find a section of motorway with two nearby exists and drive in a loop practising entering and exiting.

AChickenCalledDaal Sun 19-Jan-20 21:58:03

That's quite a long way for your first trip on the M25. You can't count on staying in the left hand lane all the way - there are several places where you have to manoeuvre into a different lane in order to stay on the right road (eg where the left lane is a dedicated lane for the next junction). There are a lot of signs to read and some of the other drivers will be driving badly.

Only you know how confident you feel, but I'd definitely agree with the advice to do a shorter trip first, to see how it goes. And do whatever you can to time the longer trip for a relatively quiet time.

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