As you’ve probably read now, the new driving test comes into effect on Monday 4 December. There are, broadly, three changes coming in:
1) The Independent Driving section of the test is being expanded from 10 to 20 minutes and will, in 4 out of 5 tests, be conducted by following a Sat Nav (supplied and programmed by the examiner). In the remaining tests candidates will be asked to follow road signs as per the current test.
2) The ‘Reverse around a corner’ and ‘Turn in the road’ manoeuvres are being dropped and replaced with driving into and then reversing out of a bay, and pulling up on the right hand side of the road, reversing two car lengths, then pulling away again.
3) One of the Show Me Tell Me questions will be asked whilst on the move (the other will, as presently, be asked at the start of the test).
We will still be teaching the ‘Reverse around a corner’ and ‘Turn in the road’ manoeuvres as they are valuable lessons in their own right and are manoeuvres that you may be called upon to do at any time in your driving.
The Show Me Tel Me questions will be changing slightly and I will be publishing these for students in the near future. In the meantime they can be seen on the DVSA website.
The DVSA have released a set of videos on YouTube to explain the new test and demonstrate the new manoeuvres:
Read the full DVSA article by clicking here