Some of you may be aware of this, however the DVSA has launched a consultation on changes to the driving test today! 14 July 2016.
For the past year there has been various test centers, examiners and even driving instructors involved with the trail. You see the DVSA wants to make sure the test better assesses a drivers ability to drive safely and interdependently in modern driving conditions.
What are the changes to come?
- increase the’independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes.
So this is good, because now the candidate can really focus on showing their skills and ability to drive without any interruptions or directions for an additional 10 minutes!
- ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part.
One of the biggest driver distractions is a sat nav, and mobile phones but remember these are illegal for a driver to use, so the DVSA have decided to include this into the driving test. The way it is going to work is the examiner will provide you with a sat nav that has some postcodes pre-loaded and then you simply follow the instructions!
- replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, e.g. driving into and reversing out of a parking bay.
Once again another great idea, because ultimately who actually does the manoeuvres mention above? However they will be practiced by your instructor during lessons as they are important to know and how to do them correctly!
- ask one of the vehicle safety questions (‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving.
Currently the examiner will ask these questions before the test commences, so this would be much easier and save time.
These changes are welcomed by many driving instructors and professional driving instructor associations. The changes are designed to help reduce the road deaths of young drivers. young drivers between 15 and 19 account for a quarter of the roads deaths and with these changes they can be tested on high speed roads more thoroughly.
How do these changes affect you?
These changes will only come into affect after the consultation and our experts will be there and ready to help you.
U Steer driving school believes in safe driving for life as so do many others. We believe that learning to drive is not just about passing a driving test but having a life long skill. If you are a learner, new driver or even an experienced driver, our instructors are experts and will help you confidently pass your driving test.
If you have any questions then you can certainly contact us on 07963 350 586, there is also more information by clicking here