The Driving Test in the UK is changing – what you need to know
As of December 4th, 2017, the practical driving test in the UK will be changing to represent a more ‘real-life’ driving environment.
It’s designed to reflect how in-car technology and the way we drive has changed over the years. So, if you’re learning at the moment and looking to book your test next month, here’s what you should expect.
Following directions from a Sat Nav
As most new cars come with built-in satellite navigation, this new element has been added to teach new drivers to be able to take direction without being distracted.
Before you think you can cheat with putting in directions to your friend’s house, the examiner will setup the device and you’ll need to follow the instructions. Not so good with following directions? Don’t worry about getting lost or having to ask for further instructions, getting there safe is the most important part.
More independent driving
Don’t panic, we don’t mean you’ll be left on your own to find your way home. Independent driving is simply a period of time during the test where you will go without step-by-step instructions from the instructor. Currently, candidates are required to do 10 minutes of independent driving, but this is doubling to 20 minutes.
No more reverse around a corner
Remember back in school learning about Pythagoras and thinking ‘when will I ever use this in real-life?’. Well reverse around a corner is the driving test equivalent. Thankfully the DVSA are taking this out of the test along with ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvre. Instead, you’ll be asked to perform 1 of the following manoeuvres:
Parallel park at the side of the road
Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or vice versa
Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse two car lengths then drive away
New ‘show-me’, ‘tell-me’
Don’t forget about this part, sometimes we’re so focused on the driving elements that we can forget about the simple things. Previously, two safety questions were asked before setting off in the car, like ‘Show me how you would check your oil level’.
Now, the examiner will ask one ‘tell me’ question before the drive and one ‘show me’ question whilst driving, where the candidate will be required to demonstrate a task. This could be ‘Show me how you would clean the windscreen’ or ‘Show me how you would open the window’.
Remember to take your time, think them through (they aren’t meant to trick you) and only carry out the action when safe to do so.
Good luck with your test and when you pass, remember to come back to Exchange and Mart or s1cars to find your first car!