Changes to the UK driving test

PASS OR FAIL: No more reversing around a corner Photo credit: Wikihow

A NUMBER of British people in Spain often return to their homeland in order to pass their driving test.  As from next Monday December 4, they will notice a few changes to the test that include some different manoeuvres and some tech based enhancements.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving, and will only apply to cars to begin with.

  1. The independent driving part of the test where you drive without instructions from the examiner will increase from 10 minutes to 20 minutes…roughly half the duration of the entire test.
  2. During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52) and set it up. You won’t need to set the route – the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.

You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test – you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.

You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in five driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

  1. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed. The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor. Instead, you’ll be asked to do one of the following:
  2. a) Parallel park at the side of the road
  3. b) Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
  4. c) Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoin the traffic
  5. During the test, you’ll be asked two vehicle safety questions, known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

You’ll be asked the ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving and then the ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

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