DVSA sets out new-look driving test
The DVSA has published a new blog post for driving instructors, highlighting what pupils can expect from the upcoming changes to the driving test.
Coming into effect on 4 December, the modernised test is designed to ensure newly qualified drivers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive on their own.
The test features four key changes, including increasing the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes and following directions on a sat nav as an alternative to following road signs.
Published today (8 August), the blog post features a number of short videos highlighting the changes in action.
The post explains the pre-briefing at the start of the test - as well as providing information on the new ‘tell me’ and ‘show me’ safety questions. The DVSA has also published a full list of the possible tell me questions.
The article goes on to explain how the examiner will ask the pupil to pull over before starting the independent driving part of the test. At this point, the examiner will select and start the route, if using a sat nav. One in five tests will involve following traffic signs, and not directions from a sat nav.
Looking at driving skills, the blog discusses the instructions that will be given to pupils when it is time to ‘pull up on the right and reverse’.
The blog post also explains how the examiner will ask the pupil to park in a bay, by either:
- Reversing in and driving out (only in a driving test centre car park)
- Driving in and reversing out (in any car park)
In conclusion, the blog reads: “The length of the test won't change as a result of the changes. We've designed it to fit into the current appointment time.
“If you took part in the trials of the test, you might have noticed it took a couple of minutes longer than the current test. However, we expect that to reduce as examiners become more familiar with the process. We'll also be using a different sat nav to the trial, and dash-mats, which should speed up fitting the sat nav.
“We'll keep a close eye on this and carry out a timing study in March 2018, once the new test has had time to settle in.”
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