LEARNER drivers taking their test from December 2017 onwards will face a revamped practical test, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced. Here are five key changes you'll want to know.
1. You'll probably have to use a satnav
While one in five candidates will still be asked to follow road signs during the independent driving section of the test, most will now be asked to follow instructions from the examiner's satnav.
2. You'll be driving independently for 20 minutes
The time spent driving independently will double from the current 10 minutes, giving examiners the chance to get a better feel for the learner's overall ability.
3. You'll drive on busier roads
The increased independent driving portion of the test also means there's time to update test routes to include busier, faster, higher-risk roads where new drivers statistically have the most crashes.
4. You'll be asked how the car works while on the move
Make sure you know how to activate common features of your car, like the windscreen washer or heated rear windscreen, as you will now be asked to demonstrate one while on the move.
5. You won't have to reverse around a corner
Generations of drivers perfected the art of reversing around a corner to pass their test and then never used the manouevre again. In recognition of this it's been ditched in favour of more emphasis on practical manouevres such as parking.
The DVSA has created this video explaining all the changes in more detail.
DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said:
“Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads.”
“It’s vital that the driving test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed their test.”