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Driving Test Changes for 4 December 2017

Important driving test changes are set to kick in on Monday 4th December 2017. These changes will require all those sitting a practical test to follow instructions from a sat nav. Also, additional manoeuvers will be introduced.

These changes are introduced by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). These changes will apply in England, Scotland and Wales, but not in Northern Ireland.

These changes are set to modernise the practical driving test and ensure drivers are able to control a vehicle when following sat nav instructions. These changes follow a spate of accidents that have been indirectly attributed to the use of sat nav technology.

These changes will only apply to car driving tests, and not to motorcycle tests. However, these changes may extend to motorcycles in time.

Outlining the four main driving test changes

Below, we outline the four main driving test changes that are due to apply from Monday 4th December 2017:

  1. The independent driving portion of your practical driving test will be extended to 20 minutes, up from the current 10 minutes. During this portion of your practical driving test, you will be required to drive without any input on behalf of your examiner. This extension means the independent driving portion will accord for around half of your overall practical driving test

  2. Demonstrate your ability to follow sat nav instructions. This addition to the practical driving test will be combined with change #1 outlined above. Thus, during the additional 10 minutes of independent driving, you will be required to follow sat nav dictated driving instructions. The DVLA has approved the TomTom Start 52 as the exclusive model of sat nav to be used during the practical test. The examiner will set the route on your behalf. One in five practical driving tests will not make use of the sat nav. This means there is an 80% chance that you will have to follow sat nav instructions during your practical driving test.
  3. The will be alterations to reversing manoeuvres. From Monday 4th December, the age-old practice of testing the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvre will be abolished. However, your instructor will still continue to teach these manoeuvres, but you will no longer be expected to carry out these manoeuvres during your practical driving test. Instead, you will be expected to complete one of three different manoeuvres. These manoeuvres include:
    • Parallel parking at the side of the road
    • Parking 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)
    • Pulling up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic
  4. The examiner will now ask a vehicle safety question whilst you are driving the vehicle. This is known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions:
    1. The ‘tell me’ question will be asked at the beginning of your driving test, whilst the vehicle is static
    2. The ‘show me’ question – this is where you will need to demonstrate how you would carry out the safety procedure whilst you are driving. A classic example could be to demonstrate how to wash the windscreen using the controls within the car whilst you are driving

Watch this useful video

Watch this useful video below for further information on how these test changes will work out in practice.

Why are these changes being introduced?

These changes to the practical driving test are being introduced because road collisions are the biggest killer of young people. Office for National Statistics data reveals road collisions are the cause of around a quarter of deaths of those aged between 15 and 19. Thus, these changes to the practical test is one way the Government is attempting to reduce deaths amongst this age category.

The majority of fatalities occur on high-speed roads. The changes to the driving test will allow examiners to better appraise student’s ability to handle higher speed situations.

Furthermore, these changes merely reflect modern driving practices. For instance, around 52% of drivers make use of sat nav technology, so it makes sense for sav nav usage to be covered in the practical driving test to ensure drivers use them safely.

Where to book driving lessons?

If you are ready to book driving lessons in Wirral, contact Hotwheelz School of Motoring today on 0773 744 5611. Alternatively, you can contact us through this website by clicking here.