DVSA pilots ‘real driving’ test
A 17-year-old man from East Dunbartonshire in Scotland has become one of the first people to pass a new-style driving test which is being trialled at 20 locations across the UK (BBC News).
The revised test, which includes following directions on a sat-nav for around 20 minutes, is designed to "better reflect real driving". Other changes being piloted include reversing out of a parking space, pulling up on the right before rejoining the flow of traffic, and requiring candidates to show how they would operate the rear-heated screen or other vehicle safety features while driving.
The BBC News report says around 20 people have taken the new test. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) plans to complete 1,000 of the new tests between now and early 2016.
Drew Nicol, the driving instructor who taught 17-year-old Grant Ferguson, told BBC News: "Lots of people have criticised the idea of using sat-navs but people are going to use them when they drive so it makes sense that we teach them to use them properly. I teach learners to listen to it rather than look at it or glance at it only when it is safe to do so."
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