The new driving test has been introduced to the UK

Let's take a look at the things that will be changing...

As of the 4th of December, changes to the practical driving test were announced and put into place. It is supposed to be more of a realistic assessment of the learners driving ability, but do we agree with these changes?

An added 20 minutes has been put onto independent driving time.

The time for driving independently has now been doubled to 20 minutes.

Learners will have to follow directions from a sat nav.

Instead of being given directions to follow verbally, the driver will now have to follow directions from a sat nav. It may not be the most reliable of sources, however the test will not be affected in any way if you turn the wrong way.

Rare manoeuvers such as reversing around a corner have been abolished.

You will now no longer be expected to carry out any rare manoeuvers, they have been replaced with more common situations such as entering a parking bay.

Drivers will now have to answer a vehicle safety question while driving.

You will be asked a safety question while driving and that may include for example telling the examiner how they would wash the windscreen using the vehicle controls.

The department for transport say that drivers under 25 are seven times more likely to be killed or injured on British roads.

It is said that the modifications to the practical test have been welcomed by driving experts and road safety groups.

I think in my personal opinion the new driving test is good. It means it can keep up with the ever changing technology of today, cars are changing and are packed with more gadgets and gizmos than ever before and it will proceed to keep changing and moving on. The new test adapts to that, and is more realistic, hopefully drivers can come away from the test knowing more about the modern roads of today and become more confident driving, especially on their own. It will make a significant effect on the number of young drivers who are killed or injured on the roads, all in the hope that the number is bought down over the coming years.

Over to you, what do you guys think about the changes?

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Comments (14)

  • I'm not British but I agree with you that the new test sounds good. When you wrote about the SatNav test, I think that part of it must be learning to identify if it's telling you something that you shouldn't do. If it's telling you to turn and the traffic sign says you can't, you obviously shouldn't turn. Great post, Jess. Really good job!

      2 years ago
  • Another interesting article. As a French girl, I'm fascinating by the driving tests in other countries. I like comparing how it happens everywhere. In France, we have to drive only 20 mn on the road realizing two manoeuvers and answering two questions on the car and the road safety. We haven't not question on the sat nav or the new (or old ) technologies about the automatic, hybrid or electric cars. When I passed my driving test, my inspector asked me a lot of question on the automatic and hybrid Toyota I drove. She was surprised to see a modern car and not a manual car! She didn't see I was began to drive because car's engine was so silent.

      2 years ago
  • Great article, I'm promoting this! Also, I think it's great that they include some more "real life" challenges, so new drivers can get an even better taste of how it actually is to drive.

      2 years ago
  • After all this, they still impose speed limits to make some petty cash.

      2 years ago
  • I'm sorry but how is that preparing for new technology how old is the sat nav...? How about these. Use of cruise control.. Or use of automatic parking or collision avoidance systems...Or what to do if you phone isn't hands free...or if the check engine light comes on ? Ok that one is pretty obvious (ignore it). Or how do you react when you are the victim of road rage and what to do when you have an accident. Or how about how to change a tyre because that kind of thing is really important...and is fraught with hidden dangers.... I'm afraid your still going to get bad drivers on the road and with so many cars on the road in the UK eventually you wont be able to use a car because there will be no room left.....So do what I did Move to Australia.....

      2 years ago
    • Your right driving standards in the UK are worse than ever, that's why I no longer ride a motorbike in the city. Mind you your points on cruise control, parking sensors etc, although thoughtful are not practical, you have to remember most...

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