UK News The driving test is changing in four ways - here's what you need to know

03:20  15 april  2017
03:20  15 april  2017 Source:   Manchester Evening News

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Learner drivers will have to follow directions from a sat nav as part of the new driving test.

The task is one of four key changes to the test which come into force from December - to bring it into the 21st Century, the government says.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says that about half of all motorists now have sat navs, and they should play a part in the practical exam.

Here are the four key changes:

- An increase of the 'independent driving' part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes

- Asking candidates to follow directions on a sat nav as an alternative to following road signs

- Replacing current manoeuvres such as ‘reverse around a corner’ with more real life scenarios, such as driving into and reversing out of a parking bay

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Driving test changes are on the way . What the experts say: Stephen Glaister, the director of the RAC Foundation, commented: “We all rely on our sat-navs, but they are not infallible and it is when they have led us down a dead end that we need to know how to do a three-point turn.

Already Ordered? Click Here to Sign In. Similar to the test questions covering stop signs, you will need to know how to handle a four way intersection and yield signs, as well as yields when merging into oncoming traffic.

- Asking one of the two vehicle safety questions while the candidate is driving, for example, asking candidates to use the rear heated screen

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Learners will still be given the traditional eyesight test before getting behind the wheel, and a safety question will be asked when they get in the car.

Candidates are still allowed to bring their instructors with them during the test.

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Changes to the test will give new drivers a more representative experience of everyday driving, the DVSA says.

Gareth Llewellyn, the organisation’s chief executive, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.

“Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads.

“It’s vital that the driving test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed their test.”

The new driving test will come into force on December 4, 2017.

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