According to the DVSA (The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), the driving test in England, Wales and Scotland is set to change as of December 2017 and will include new features and requirements.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones reported that our roads are among the safest in the world. That said, traffic collisions are the biggest killer of young people today. Implementing these changes to the driving test aims to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads, and equip new drivers with the skills they need to use our roads safely.
The test will be doubled in length of time, during which candidates are required to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner. The candidate will be asked two random ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions. During the new test, they will also be required to follow directions from a sat nav, which will be provided and configured by the examiner.
Furthermore, the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but learner drivers should still be taught how to do them.
Safe driving from Britannia!