Those of you getting excited about passing your driving test and getting out on the road should be aware that the driving test has changed. As of 4 December 2017, four changes have been made to the current test.
What are the driving test changes?
- The independent driving part of the test will now constitute about half of the test and last for 20 minutes, instead of the previous time of 10 minutes.
- You’ll have to follow directions from a pre-set Sat Nav during the independent part of the test. One in five tests won’t include a Sat Nav, so you’ll have to follow road traffic directions in this case. Your driving instructor should ensure you’re prepared for both.
- The “reverse round a corner” and “turn in the road” (or three-point turn) manoeuvres will no longer be tested. Instead, you’ll be asked to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
- parallel park;
- park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out or vice versa, depending on your examiner’s directions; or
- pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and re-join traffic.
- As before, you’ll be asked two vehicle safety questions, known as “show me, tell me” questions. Before you start driving, you’ll have to explain how you would perform a safety task (the “tell me” question). Previously, the “show me” question was also asked before setting off, but under the new rules, the examiner will ask you how you would carry out a specified safety task while you’re driving.
If you’re unsure about any of the changes or want advice relating to any other Road Traffic issue, contact Scullion LAW Road Traffic Experts by phone, or via Facebook or our website. Our friendly and passionate Driving Law team is always available to offer free, initial advice every day of the year.
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