The independent driving section of the practical driving test will come into effect on the 4th October 2010.
Newspaper reports have suggested that the independent driving may lead to an increase in people failing the test however, this is based on early research when independent driving was still going through the trial stages. Current studies have found that there is no significant fall in the pass rate.
The key thing to remember is if you go off course (this can happen to even the most experience drivers) you will not fail and be left to orientate yourself back to the test centre, the examiner will put you back on route.
Learners have asked whether using a sat nav is acceptable and the answer is no. You are meant to be making your own decisions as opposed to listening to step-by-step instructions.
A short video can be found on YouTube explaining more about the independent driving aspect which has been published by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency).
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