Since the 1930’s, taking a driving test has been the gateway to getting your wheels and the freedom being a driver brings. Over 1.5 million people take the UK driving test every year and as of the 4th December 2017, the rules are changing. As the roads become busier and in-car technology advances, these changes have been made to keep the test modern and up-to-date with today’s road users.
Take a look at some of the changes below to ensure you get no surprises on the big day!
The independent driving element of the test will increase from 10 minutes up to 20 minutes. When surveyed, over 88% of the public agreed that independent driving is a key skill when taking to the roads solo. Here you will have to navigate your way to a certain location using just road signs – no directions from the examiner are allowed!
During the independent driving phase of the test, you may now be asked to follow directions using a Sat-Nav device. Don’t Panic! You will not be required to set up the device or program a route, the instructor will do this for you.
Simply follow the directions the Sat-Nav gives you or ask the instructor to confirm the location if you’re not sure. Not all tests will use the Sat-Nav, there is a 1 in 5 chance you will be using road signs alone.
With so many of us having Navigation functionality on our day-to-day mobile devices, the new test reflects the shift towards technology and how to safely use it on the road. Be prepared – the examiner may ask some technology based road safety questions along the way!
You have to go backwards too!
Changes have also been made to the manoeuvres you may be asked to perform. ‘Reverse around the corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ are out leaving you with the possible following options:
– Parallel parking at the side of the road.
– Bay parking – either forwards or reversing (your examiner will instruct which one.)
– Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.
These manoeuvres will operate the same rules as their predecessors and you will be required to carry out at least one in your test.
A new feature of the driving test will be ‘Show me, Tell Me.’ This is explained below:
The examiner will ask:
– A ‘Show Me’ question – Here you will demonstrate how to carry out a safety task whilst driving.
– A ‘Tell Me’ question – Here you will explain how to carry out a safety task whilst stationary.
A great example of a ‘Show me, Tell Me’ question may be showing the examiner how to operate the window wipers using the car’s controls. For a full list of current ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions, take a look here.
Those are the four key changes to the new test – Phew, glad that’s all!
Everything else will remain exactly the same, so no changes will be made to the test length, format, pass mark or cost! As of the 4th December the new test will have to be taken by everyone, whether this is your first attempt or a retake, the new rules will still apply!
For more information on the new test, check out the DVSA official page here. Fancy a little less reading? Check out the official test changes video below.
If you have any further questions or queries about the new test, feel free to get in touch with Mick on 01723 850445 or 07939 041611.
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