Learning to Drive with L Plates
No this is not about what you think it is, maybe the title is a little
bit misleading, anyway to the post, which is a rant about the behaviour of people who are supposed to be experienced drivers and should know better.
What is it about the L plate that seems to cause drivers to go bananas? Every single person that has a current UK driving license must have been a learner at one stage displaying L Platesand had to pass the UK driving test (I'm aware there have been scams where people have taken tests on behalf of others), yet these people seem to think that learner drivers do not have a right to be on the road!
No matter how good the driver is (this includes when I'm driving and still have the roof sign on), these 'advanced drivers' can not just stand having a car displaying L plates in front on them. They will tailgate you, 'rev' their cars behind you, overtake dangerously or just act plain stupid in order to get in front of you.
I would really like to know what it is that causes this behaviour. I know driving behind a relative beginner can be frustrating a times, but the main reason why 'advanced drivers' get stuck behind learner drivers is that they don't give the learners enough space, as they drive too close behind the learner. If the learner then stalls the car, you get stuck because you can't get round them.
While displaying L plates is part of the requirements that must be fulfilled for a learner driver to legally drive on the road(if you hold a UK provisional license you can only drive while displaying L plates and having a supervising driver aged 21 or above who has held their license for at least 3 years, otherwise you are committing an offense and are not insured), it's main purpose is to alert other road users, so that they are not surprised when the learner commits a mistake. So 'advanced drivers' please be a little more considerate when you see a car displaying a L plate, it could be a family member, friend on their UK driving test!
Note: If you hold a full UK driving license and share your car with a learner, it is advisable to remove the 'L' plates when you are driving alone, it avoids you being stopped repeatedly by the police. You shoud NOT have 'L' plates displayed on the car while driving on the motorway, there is no rule against it, but people might call the police or you get pulled over by ANPR unmarked traffic cops.
While I'm on the subject, 'advanced drivers' can you make use of your indicators! They are not there just to make your car look pretty, maybe you need those L Plates.
Q: Can you overtake other cars while displaying 'L' plates?
A: Yes a learner driver can overtake other vehicles, drive up to 70mph on a dual carriageway (you are not allowed on motorways though).
Q: Can you drive on 70mph A classified roads as a learner displaying 'L' plates?
A: Yes you are allowed on A dual carriageways even if it is multi-lane and the national speed limit applies. Under no circumstances are Learner drivers allowed on motorways, even if the speed limit is below 70.
Q: Can you have children in a car displaying 'L' plates?
A: Yes you are allowed to carry passengers in a car while learning to drive as a provisional licence holder, and that includes children or babies as long as they are in the correct seat restraints.
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