What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Changes to the UK Driving Test

One of the biggest issues affecting safety on the UK roads is inexperience. Young drivers aged between 17 and 25 make up only 7% of the UK’s full driving licence holders, driving less miles than older drivers, yet they still account for 20% of deaths on the road.

Even though there have been a number of changes made over the years to help reduce this figure, sadly the situation has not really improved.

Now, the DVSA have confirmed that the UK driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017. The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the key skills that they will need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

What are the Upcoming Changes to the UK Driving Test?

#1  Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes

In October 2010, the DVSA introduced a section named “Independent Driving” to the UK driving test.

This was designed to help introduce learner drivers to some of the real driving conditions that they will face on the roads once they have passed their driving test. Driving without instruction and making decisions under their own initiative.

The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. This part of the test will be made longer, lasting around 20 minutes, which is roughly half of the length of the practical driving test!

#2 Following directions from a sat nav

During the independent driving part of the practical driving test, four out of five candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. The sat nav will be provided and set-up by the examiner, they will also set the route. One in five candidates will be asked to follow road signs instead.

#3 Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

Even though candidates will still be taught the ‘turn in the road’ and the ‘reverse around a corner maneuvers as part of their driving lessons, these maneuvers will no longer be a part of the UK driving test. Instead you will be asked to perform one of three reversing maneuvers.

  • Parallel park at the side of the road.
  • Park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do).
  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

#4 Answer a vehicle safety question while driving

You will be asked two vehicle safety questions by the examiner during your driving test. A ‘tell me’ question and a ‘show me’ question.

You can view a list of the ‘show me, tell me’ questions here.
What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Changes to the UK Driving Test What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Changes to the UK Driving Test Reviewed by Hayley Reeve on Friday, April 28, 2017 Rating: 5

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