Are you ready for the new driving test?

The new driving test will come into force for anyone taking a driving test from Monday 4th December

The changes are being made to ensure that all new drivers have the appropriate skills to help them drive safely.

What are the main changes?

Independent driving will double form from 10 to 20 minutes

The independent driving part of the test that currently lasts for 10 minutes will be increased to approximately 20 minutes and you will have to drive on your own without the driving examiner telling you where to turn.

Most candidates will have to follow sat nav directions

During the independent driving part of the test, the majority of candidates will be asked to follow sat nav directions.

You won’t need to set up or have your own sat nav as the examiner will provide the sat nav, set it up and will set the route.

Although the majority of tests will use a sat nav, some wont and the examiner will tell you where you need to go to and you will have to follow the traffic signs to get there.

Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

Reversing round a corner and turning in the road will be scrapped from the test and will be replaced by one of the following three moves.

  • parallel parking on the side of the road
  • bay parking
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and then re-join the flow of traffic

The examiner will also ask you two vehicle safety questions

You’ll be asked the:

  • At the start of your test you will be asked to answer how you carry out a safety task
  • Whilst driving you will be asked to carry out a safety task

Watch this video to see how the new changes will work in practice.


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