Sharing The Road

Depending where you live, your learner may not encounter all types of road or road user before taking their test. This means they may not be well prepared to make the safest decision in all situations.

You can help by leading by example and offering simple advice.


is one of the riskiest manoeuvres, as it puts the overtaking vehicle in the path of oncoming traffic.

The basic rule is do not overtake unless you are sure you can complete the manoeuvre safely and without causing risk or inconvenience to another road user.

Cyclists and Motorcyclists

need the same amount of room as a car in case they have to swerve to avoid a drain cover, pothole, debris or a wet, oily or icy patch of road.


need extra care and plenty of room. Do not rev your engine or sound your horn. Pass them slowly and with a wide berth. If there is not room to do so, be patient and wait until there is. Watch for any signals the horse rider may give you.

Read more about overtaking from RoSPA.

Types of road

All roads need to be driven according to the conditions at the time. It is also worth remembering that a speed limit is a maximum. It is not recommended for use in all situations.

Rural roads

tend to have slower traffic going at different speeds, including bikes, horses, tractors and pedestrians.

Urban roads

are more likely to have pedestrians, congestion and complicated traffic systems.


are off limits to learners. Novices can only drive on them when they have a full licence. New drivers should take a motorway lesson before trying them alone.