As of Monday 4th December 2017, the driving test will be changing to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.
The changes are to ensure that new drivers have the necessary skills they need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
The four changes are as follows:
1. The time of independent driving will increase to a full 20 minutes.
Currently, this part of the test lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the examiner. As stated this part of the test will now be a full 20 minutes.
2. Taking directions from a sat nav
Most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
The examiner will bring a sat nav and setup the desired route. if you are not sure you will be able to ask the examiner for confirmation
of where you are going. Don't worry, if you go the wrong way unless of course you make a fault whilst going it.
1 in 5 tests won't use a sat nav. You'll need to follow traffic signs instead.
3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changing
Reverse around and corner and turn in the road manoeuvres will no longer be tested.
However, you will be asked to do one of three possible reversing manoeuvres:
· 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).
· Parallel park at the side of the road.
· Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic.
4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you are driving
Be prepared! The examiner will ask you two vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these will be known as 'show me, tell me' questions.
· ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.