The driving test will change on Monday 4 December 2017. The three main changes to the driving test will be:
1. Following directions from a satnav for approximately 20 minutes
2. Reversing manoeuvres - out go 3 point turns and reversing around a corner. They are replaced by forward parking and reversing our of a bay, and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road, reversing back 2 car lengths, then rejoining traffic
3. A show me question may be asked while you are driving
The independent driving part of the test used to last around 10 minutes. This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test
During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 50) and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practice with
That being said, we have conducted our own research and have decided to use this model on lessons so that you become familiar with it and it's instructions
One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you will still be taught them though not to the same level as previously needed. These manoeuvres are often used in real life situations and it would not be good practice to leave these out of your training
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
1. Parallel park at the side of the road
2. 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)
3. Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic flow
3. ANSWERING A SAFETY QUESTION WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING
The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
‘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
Pass mark, length of test and cost not changing
The pass mark has stayed the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The examiner still marks the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.
The overall time of the driving test hasn’t change. It will still take around 40 minutes.
The driving test cost will also stay the same
Why the changes have been made
Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19
DVSA wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.
These changes have been made because
Most fatal collisions happen on high-speed roads (not including motorways) - changing the format of the test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving test routes
52% of car drivers now have a sat nav - DVSA wants new drivers to be trained to use them safely
Research has shown that new drivers find independent driving training valuable - they can relate it to driving once they’ve passed their test