Driving test: 4 new changes from 4 December

If you ever needed motivation to pass your driving test as quickly as possible, this might just be it.

Transport ministers have announced four new changes to the driving test which will come into force on 4th December 2017:

1. Independent driving doubled

Currently, the driving test includes 10 minutes of independent driving. This will increase to 20 minutes during which drivers will also be expected to answer vehicle safety questions.

2. Reverse manoeuvres replaced

You may be familiar with the ‘reverse around a corner’ and a ‘three-point-turn’, which you would have been tested for previously. Well, the new changes will replace them with one of the following:

  • Parallel park at the side of the road
  • Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (this will be the examiner’s choice)
  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic.

3. Using a Sat Nav

Currently, candidates are expected to follow road signs as part of their independent driving, this will now include technology as directions should be followed from the sat nav instead. The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you, which means you won’t be able to use your own. You can however, still be able to ask the examiner to confirm directions.

Only one in five driving tests won’t use a sat nav, and in this instance, drivers should follow traffic signs, the ‘old school’ way.

4. “Show me, tell me”

Instead of being asked the “show me, tell me” at the start of the test, it will just be a ‘tell me’ at the start and the “show me” question will be asked while driving, such as using the rear windscreen heater.

Watch this DVSA video to see how it will work: