THE new driving test will come into force on December 4.
It encompasses four key changes that future drivers need to be aware of. These are: An increase of the “independent driving” part of the test, from 10 to 20 minutes.
Asking candidates to follow directions on a satnav as an alternative to following road signs.
Replacing current manoeuvres such as “reverse around a corner” with more real-life scenarios, such as driving into and reversing out of a parking bay.
Asking one of the two vehicle safety questions while the candidate is driving, for example, asking candidates to use the rear-heated windscreen.
DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help people stay safe on Britain’s roads.
“It’s vital the driving test keeps up to date with new
vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed.”
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking to make them safer.
“These changes will help reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skills they need to use our roads safely.
“Ensuring the driving test is relevant in the 21st Century – for example, the introduction of satnavs, will go a long way towards doing this.”