All you need to know about the new UK Driving Test

16 October 2017

by: Aislinn Millichip

From the 4th December 2017, all car driving tests will follow a new format which has been introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to combat high numbers of fatal accidents involving young people.

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.

The changes are also being made to modernise the test, taking into account the fact that over half of drivers now use a sat nav, which will now be included in the test. In the new format, the cost, pass mark, and overall length of the driving test will remain the same, but some major changes to the manoeuvres and independent driving section are being made.

Here’s everything you need to know:

The Independent driving part of the test will now be doubled in length

Learner drivers will have to prove they can safely use sat navs. Currently, the part of the test where the driver follows turn-by-turn instructions lasts about 10 minutes. This is being increased to 20 minutes, taking up roughly half of the test.

During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will now have to follow directions from a sat nav, which is provided and set up by the examiner. It won’t actually matter if you make a wrong turn, as long as you don’t make a fault while doing it, and candidates can ask the examiner for confirmation of where they are going if they are not sure.

Not all tests will use in a sat nav: one in five driving tests won’t, and drivers will be asked to follow traffic signs instead.

Manoeuvres will be changed

The reverse around a corner and turn-in-the-road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. Candidates will be asked to do one of three possible manoeuvres. According to the DVSA, these include:

  • Parallel park at the side of the road
  • Park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out
  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic

Answering vehicle safety questions while driving

One vehicle safety question will be asked while the car is in motion. The examiner will ask the candidate two vehicle safety questions, one while they are driving. Currently. both questions are asked before the test.

The “tell me” question, where the candidate explains how they would carry out a safety task, will be asked before the driving starts.

The “show me” question, where the candidate shows the examiner how they would carry out a safety task, will be asked while they are driving. For example, this could include showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

All car driving tests taken from December 4 2017 will follow the new format. This includes if you fail a test before then, and retake your test from the same date, or if your test is cancelled or moved for any reason, and your new test date is from December 4 2017. 

Taken from an original article by MSN News:

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