The brand new revised driving test was introduced on 4th December, and new drivers are being urged ensure they are up to date with the new requirements. The changes come in a bid to make sure that new drivers have the confidence, knowledge and required skills to take to the roads safely.

Have a son or daughter who will soon be learning to drive or taking their test? Here we’ve summarised the main changes for you.

20 minute independent drive

At the minute the independent driving part of the driving test only last 10 minutes, but under new rules this will increase to 20 minutes. This will take up about half of the test.

Following a sat nav

During the independent drive, candidates will be asked to follow a sat nav instead of relying on road signs. But don’t worry, the examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up – all you’ll have to do is follow it.

Just one in five driving tests WON’T use a sat nav, so if you’re helping your kids learn to drive at the minute, it might be a good idea to familiarise them with following sat nav instructions.

New manoeuvres

Gone are the ‘reverse around a corner’ and the ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres. These will no longer be in the test, but driving instructors will likely still teach them.

Instead, candidates will be asked to do one of the following:

  • 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

Asking vehicle safety questions whilst driving

The ‘show me, tell me’ questions are asked as part of the UK driving test, and whilst the ‘tell me’ questions will still be asked before candidates start driving, the ‘show me’ will now be asked during the driving part of the test.

An example is “show me how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers”

It’s reported that only half of drivers pass their driving test the first time, so the DVSA is keen that learner drivers prepare themselves for the new format.

DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads.”

“It’s important learner drivers are prepared to take the current or new-style driving test.”

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