New Driving Test From 4th December 2017

Driving test changes from 4th December 2017.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The new driving test has been tested and works differently in Northern Ireland. The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
The 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.
Who it affects.
All car driving tests taken from 4 December 2017 will follow the new format.  
This includes if: You fail a test before then, and retake your test from 4 December 2017. 
Your test is cancelled or moved for any reason, and your new test date is from 4 December 2017. Your driving instructor should have been teaching you everything you need to know to drive safely, so you shouldn’t need to worry about learning anything new. Read more about what will happen during the driving test from 4 December 2017.

Pass mark, length of test and the cost is not changing.
The pass mark is staying the same, So you will pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.

The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults. The overall time of the driving test won’t change. It will still take around 40 minutes. The driving test cost will also stay the same.
Why the changes are being made?
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.
Most fatal collisions happen on rural -  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.
Making the Candidate better prepared for these types of roads.
Sat navs can be distracting to novices, so this will help the new drivers once they have pass their tests.

DVSA wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.

These changes are being made because:
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.
Changes are supported by the public.

The changes follow:
Public consultation that over 3,900 people took part in.
Trial of the changes involving over 4,300 learner drivers and over 860 driving instructors.
The proposals were widely supported by the public.
The results of the consultation show that: 88.2% agreed with increasing the length of the independent driving part of the test.
70.8% agreed with asking candidates to follow directions from a sat nav. 7
8.6% agreed with the plans to change how the reversing manoeuvres are tested.
78.4% agreed with asking the ‘show me’ question while the candidate is driving.

This new test make new students –
Plan better.
Awareness of road users from behind and oncoming.
Better effective use of mirrors.
Accuracy and control.
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