You may have already heard there are new changes coming to the driving test. Now if you are in the process of learning to drive this may fill you with dread. However, you need not worry. The new driving test has been created, taking statistics and genuine user opinions into consideration. There has been a lengthy review process with the new test and it won’t be beginning until the 4th of December 2017.
There will be four changes to the driving test. These are as follows:
- The independent driving section will be increased from 10 minutes to 20 minutes. This means that for 20 minutes in the new driving test you will be expected to make your way towards a given destination. This change will check how new drivers can cope on higher-risk roads. This is where they are statistically more likely to have an accident so that makes complete sense.
- You will be expected to use a satellite navigation system, instead of relying on road signs as the current test requires.The reason for this change is to ensure that drivers are able to use navigation systems correctly. Around half of all drivers now use these and this is expected to rise as the younger generation, who love technology, learn to drive.
- Stopping manoeuvres that happen infrequently, such as reversing around a corner. These will be replaced with more real life manoeuvres such as driving into and reversing out of a parking bay.This change will allow young drivers to have more of the driving skills that they will use regularly. A hill start or reversing around a corner is not necessarily much of a hazard these days, thanks to updated technology such as parking sensors and modern gearboxes.
- Currently there are two safety questions that are asked while the car is stationary. One of these questions will be asked while driving on the new driving test.
Overall there is going to be less focus on slow speed manoeuvres and more focus on real life driving scenarios. As new drivers are most likely to have an accident on high-risk roads there will be more focus on these and associated scenarios.
These changes are designed to ensure that new drivers are as safe as possible while out on the road. The current driving test is being updated to ensure that new drivers can cope with modern roads, technology and driving situations.
The new changes are going to implemented from the 4th of December 2017. This means that you still have time to get your driving test taken now if you don’t want to learn under the new rules. However, all drivers want to be safe on the road and in recent polls more than 70% of respondents were happy with the changes to the current driving test. The new driving test is going to provide people who pass with the skills that they need to be safe out on the roads and prevent the likelihood of an accident.