The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) claims that UK driving tests should be given a ‘comprehensive overhaul’ to tackle the modern problems faced by young people on the road. Though the test has undergone a number of changes, it still does not evaluate a driver’s ability to cope with country roads, poor weather or driving at night.
It is argued that the driving test need to become a much more integrated part of a graduated licensing system that picks up on best practice from around the world. For example, in Austria, young drivers come back in the first 12 months after the test for further interventions to examine attitude changes and skills.
At the moment, a trial is taking place over the introduction of satnavs into modern day tests. It will see learner drivers have to follow a satnav for about 10 minutes of their test because it’s seen as a more modern way of driving. Things like driving at night, country roads and adverse weather are all covered in the pass plus test, which is an advanced training course for drivers.