Provisional License - A1M Motorway Watch

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My nearest junction is the Baldock services one, where the A1M turns into the A1. I know I'm not allowed to drive on motorways as a learner driver, but would I be allowed to start from that Junction?

Google maps shows the road as being motorway right up till the end of the slip road (shows this with different highlighting on iPad maps, not browser maps shown below), so technically would have to drive on "motorway slip road" for 10 seconds before getting to the A1.

Of course, I'd be going north, not south. Got family in Biggleswade though, so would be nice to be able to get some dual carriageway practice in on my way to see them.

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Im confused. May you highlight the roads you're wishing to go on and your chosen route?
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Im confused. May you highlight the roads you're wishing to go on and your chosen route?

A507 to A1 (northbound).
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You'll be fine.

The northbound slip road you'll be taking will join an A road, bypassing the very end of the motorway. Some online maps may show odd colours that may not begin and end in the correct places. What matters in reality are the signs you pass on the real roads.

Look at this: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0119...wG4b-_12ZA!2e0
The left turn shows a destination "THE NORTH, Peterborough" in a green box - an A road. Only the right turn (to London, Stevenage) is shown in a blue motorway box with the motorway symbol. This turn will be prohibited to certain classes of vehicle.

Now look at the sign on the roundabout exit: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0128...ONnXOlTVBA!2e0 Again, it's green, and it points to the A1. You can drive on that road on a provisional licence.

In contrast, look at an example of a roundabout exit you cannot take: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0124...fNkzlsrvMw!2e0 It's the southbound slip road. The sign is clearly all blue and has the motorway symbol.

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You'll be fine.

The northbound slip road you'll be taking will join an A road, bypassing the very end of the motorway. Some online maps may show odd colours that may not begin and end in the correct places. What matters in reality are the signs you pass on the real roads.

Look at this: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0119...wG4b-_12ZA!2e0
The left turn shows a destination "THE NORTH, Peterborough" in a green box - an A road. Only the right turn (to London, Stevenage) is shown in a blue motorway box with the motorway symbol. This turn will be prohibited to certain classes of vehicle.

Now look at the sign on the roundabout exit: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0128...ONnXOlTVBA!2e0 Again, it's green, and it points to the A1. You can drive on that road on a provisional licence.

In contrast, look at an example of a roundabout exit you cannot take: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0124...fNkzlsrvMw!2e0 It's the southbound slip road. The sign is clearly all blue and has the motorway symbol.

Hope this helps
Thanks

How about if I want to go straight - into the services? Which is a blue sign.
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Thanks

How about if I want to go straight - into the services? Which is a blue sign.
A strange anomaly indeed.

Yes, it is a blue sign for two reasons: The services are provided for motorway users (although not exclusively) and the blue colour is easily identifiable to drivers who have been driving on the motorway for some time. However, the sign does not carry the motorway symbol: Name:  2901.jpg
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Drivers who were driving on the motorway who want to get to the services would pass this sign on the way: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0117...H3uSgtuAPw!2e0
meaning "end of motorway regulations". They would now be driving on normal roads alongside learner drivers to get to the services, even though they are still following a blue sign.

The road to the services does not carry motorway classification. As long as you don't pass the motorway symbol, you may drive there on your provisional licence.
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A strange anomaly indeed.

Yes, it is a blue sign for two reasons: The services are provided for motorway users (although not exclusively) and the blue colour is easily identifiable to drivers who have been driving on the motorway for some time. However, the sign does not carry the motorway symbol:

Drivers who were driving on the motorway who want to get to the services would pass this sign on the way: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0117...H3uSgtuAPw!2e0
meaning "end of motorway regulations". They would now be driving on normal roads alongside learner drivers to get to the services, even though they are still following a blue sign.

The road to the services does not carry motorway classification. As long as you don't pass the motorway symbol, you may drive there on your provisional licence.
Thanks for your help Awesome!
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Hello people. Everybody says different. Can I drive a car everywhere exept motorways by my own.I mean nobody to teaches me? Please answer me please
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Hello people. Everybody says different. Can I drive a car everywhere exept motorways by my own.I mean nobody to teaches me? Please answer me please
Start your own thread. And you need to explain your question it's very unclear.
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Hello people. Everybody says different. Can I drive a car everywhere exept motorways by my own.I mean nobody to teaches me? Please answer me please
You can if you have provisional insurance and are accompanied by an adult who is over 21 and has had a full driving licence for at least 3 years, though some policies say 5.

You can only drive on a motorway with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls.
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