4 driving test changes.
1. Independent drive.
Independent drive will be increase from 10 minutes to 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.
During this part of the test, you have to drive without directions from the driving examiner.
2. Following a sat nav.
Following directions from a sat nav(a TomTom Start 52) During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.
The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52) and set it up so you won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you.
On a positive the speed of the road will be on show so the dreaded 20 zones should no longer be a problem and the volume will be left on unless YOU the pupil ask for it to stay off. So the new test means you need to be more aware and plan better hence you are in more control of you lessons and tests. However you’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure.
It will not matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
3. Reversing changes.
The reverse around a corner and turn-in-the-road manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you still will be taught them by your instructor.
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
Parallel Park at the side of the road.
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).
Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic.
Please note you may or may NOT be pulled up on the left hand side 1st (once the examiners know you will know more about this)……… The instruction will be “Pull up on the right hand side off the road when it’s safe to do so”. If vehicles happen to pull in front and behind you during this exercise the examiner will help you pull away safely.
4. Answering a Show Me question while you’re driving.
The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test, these are known as the “show me, tell me” questions. You’ll be asked the: “Tell me” question (where you explain how you would carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving.
“Show me” question (where you show how you would carry out a safety task) while you’re driving, For example- Show me how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.
Please note if you cannot answer the question the examiner will pull you up to ask you the question again.
The video shows how the test will work from 4 December 2017.