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What was your first experience of driving an a motorway and how did you find the experience?
My first experience happened to be the day after I passed my driving test which was on the 30th April 1965. The following day just happened to be the day of the Liverpool v Leeds FA Cup Final for which I had a ticket and I was being taken to London by my older sister and her fiancé in his car, a Ford Anglia, which was the same model of car I'd had my lessons and taken my test in. I was given the opportunity to drive a stretch of the M6 motorway on the journey down there. To me at the time, it felt safer than driving on ordinary dual carriageways and I found the experience enjoyable as well as being memorable.
Of course it must be remembered that this was 1965 and the motorways were still in their infancy in this country, were few and far between and carried only a fraction of the traffic they do today. However, I'm not sure I would feel the same today if I were a 17-year-old going through the same experience on today's motorways.
One thought about this forthcoming change. A learner driver living in this area will have to travel about 90 miles or so to be able to gain the experience of driving on a motorway so it could be an expensive disadvantage as they would need maybe four hours or more of a driving instructors time to make the round trip and have some experience on the motorway when they get there.
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