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Driving test changed: 4 December 2017

The driving test changed from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a satnav navigation and testing different manoeuvres.

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The driving test works differently in Northern Ireland.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The changes will only apply to car driving tests to begin with.

The 4 driving test changes

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

The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.

This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes – roughly half of the test.

2. Following directions from a sat nav

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 52) 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 practise with.

You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test – you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.

You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.

You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
•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. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re 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

Information About The Theory Test

The Theory Test is in two parts . The first part being the multiple choice test as described below and the second part the described as well.

The multiple choice test for car drivers consists of 50 questions. Associated with each question is a list of potential answers. You need to select the correct answers, using the mouse pointer and button. You will be given 57 minutes to complete the first part of the theory test. To pass you need to correctly answer 43 out of the 50 questions ( 86%).

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