The driving test change from Monday 4 December 2017
The 4 driving test changes
- The independent driving part of the test last around 20 minutes, about half of the test. Candidates have to drive without turn-by-turn direction from the driving examiner.
- Follow directions from a sat nav or a series of traffic signs. 4 in 5 candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav, and 1 in 5 candidates will asked to follow traffic signs. You will be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you are going if you are not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
- You will be asked to do 1 of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres: 1. Parallel park at the side of the road. 2. Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out. (The examiner will tell you which you have to do.) 3. Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.
- Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving. Your examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test – these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. You will be asked the: ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving. ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car control and wipers.
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