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Driving Test Changes in 2017: What You Need to Know

It seems like a lifetime ago since we passed our driving tests but this is important information to note (especially if you have friends/family) who haven’t taken their driving tests yet.

Not much has changed when it comes to driving tests since the introduction of independent driving in 2010 but the DVSA have announced that new changes are taking place from Monday 4th December 2017.

…Which is going to include certain elements such as following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres. Arguably things that are more common in day to day driving life.

Why is the driving test changing?

● The DVSA state that this is to increase road safety and reduce the number of traffic accidents, particularly among young drivers.
● It will also enable new drivers to have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

If you’ve got a driving test coming up this year then you’ll want to take note of the new changes. They are only going to be applied to those who are taking the test in their car, not for other vehicles (yet).

What are the driving test changes?

The 4 driving test changes for 2017:

1. More independent driving as part of the test

The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes where you have to drive without direct instructions from the examiner. This is being increased to 20 minutes.

2. Following directions from a sat nav

During the above “independent driving” part of the test, you will more than likely be asked to follow instructions from a sat nav (which makes sense as most people use one of these every day)

You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test – you have to use the one supplied by the examiner (and you certainly can’t use your mobile phone as a sat nav!)

It won’t matter if you take the wrong turn though, you just can’t make any faults whilst doing so.

3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested but you will still need to learn them from your driving instructor.

You will however, be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

● parallel park

● park in a bay

● pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse and re-join the traffic

4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test by the examiner which are known as the “show me, tell me” questions.

The cost of the test and length will not change under the new rules and you will still be marked in the same way – so you’ll pass if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious driving faults.

The DVSA say “These changes will help us to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skill they need to use our roads safely.”

Watch this video for a little more information from the DVSA:

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