Surprised that no Motorway driving is in there! Also drumming into people about using a mobile whilst driving
What the changes are
The changes are to:
increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part
replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios, eg driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
ask 1 of the 2 vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the candidate is driving, eg asking them to use the rear heated screen
Why the changes are important
Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.
DVSA wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.
These changes have been proposed because:
most fatal collisions happen on high-speed roads (not including motorways) - changing the format of the test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving test routes
52% of car drivers now have a sat nav - DVSA wants new drivers to be trained to use them safely
research has shown that new drivers find ‘independent driving’ training valuable - they can relate it to driving once they’ve passed their test