Four new test changes scheduled for 4th December 2017
Date posted: 5th May 2017
Learner drivers will be subject to a more modernised driving test from the 4th December onwards. there will be a new focus on more current driving styles.
The four changes that will be introduced to the test are as follows:
- More often used manoeuvres like reverse bay-parking replacing outdated ones such as reversing around a corner
- Following directions given by a sat-nav system, as an alternative to following road signs
- Extending the independent driving section of the driving test from 10 to 20 minutes
- Asking safety questions while the driver is on the road, for example, asking the driver to use the rear heated screen while on the move
The DVSA says these test sections are aimed at making sure the test is as up-to-date as it can be, while fully evaluating drivers' independent driving skills.
Although the test will test only legal use of sat-nav systems, the new section will pay focus to the possibility of distraction caused by the devices, as well as the devices' use of fewer quiet residential roads, which, when coupled with the replacement of the manoeuvres which need to take place on these roads, means a wider variety of roads - both safe and less traditionally safe to new drivers - will be included.
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