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Driving Test Changes!

26 October 2017

The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017. The changes are introduced to make sure new drivers have the skills they need to drive safely for life.

1) Independent driving will increase to 20 minutes.

2) During independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.

3) Reversing manoeuvres will be changed. They would include:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • park in the bay either driving in or reversin in
  • pull up on the right hand site of the road reverse for 2 car lenghts and rejoin the traffic.

4) Answering show me questions while driving will be introduced. For example " show me how would you wash the windscreen using car controls and wipers". 'Tell me' question will be asked at the start of the test.

5) Pass mark stays the same: no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.

6) The test will take around 40 min.

7) The cost of the test stays the same. Currently it is £62.

Why the changes are being made?

Most fatal collisions happen on rural or high-speed roads. DVSA wants pupils to spend more time driving on these roads with the instructor and during the test. This will prepare them better for driving on their own.

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