The government is bringing driving tests firmly into the 21st Century with four major driving test changes for 2017…so what’s new?
1. Independent driving to increase to 20 minutes
The independent driving segment is arguably one of the most relevant parts of the driving test – you’re told to follow signs to a location without being given step-by-step directions by the examiner.
The government has decided to double this section, so that it will now make up approximately 50% of the test.
2. Following sat nav directions
Following on from this, candidates will now be provided with a sat nav for the independent driving section and asked to follow directions. Don’t worry, you won’t need to set the route, so it doesn’t matter which sat nav you practise with in the lead-up to the test.
Given that the use of sat navs is commonplace for most drivers nowadays, the introduction of this driving test section should be good preparation for ‘real-life’, modern driving.
3. Changes to reversing manoeuvres
Although you’ll still be taught the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres by your driving instructor, you won’t actually be tested on these anymore.
Instead, you’ll be asked to perform one of 3 possible manoeuvres:
Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and then rejoin the traffic.
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