New Driving Test – Learner Car Drivers

A new driving test Monday 4th December 2017 is being introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The new test is to be introduced in England, Scotland and Wales. The changes

New driving test learner car drivers

New driving test learner car drivers

will only apply to car driving tests at the moment.

There are 4 changes that will take place – new driving test

  1. Independent part of test increases to 20 minutes

About half of the test, around 20 minutes will be taken up with the independent driving section. The current test is for 20 minutes.

2. You must follow directions using a sat nav

Whilst carrying out the independent driving section most test candidates will have to follow directions using a sat nav. The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You will not be allowed to use your own sat nav.

You will be allowed to ask the examiner to confirm directions if you are not sure where to go.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You will have to follow traffic signs instead.

3. Changes to the manoeuvres

You will no longer be tested on the reverse around the corner, nor will you be tested on the ‘turn in the road’ (3-point turn).

The examiner will be able to choose one of 3 possible manoeuvres:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out
  • park up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse 2 car lengths and move forward into the traffic

4. Answer questions whilst driving

You will be asked 2 vehicle safety questions on the new driving test, known as ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

You will be asked the:

  • ‘tell me’ question (where you must explain to the examiner how to carry out a safety task) before you start driving.
  • ‘show me’ question (you show the examiner how to carry out a safety task) whilst you are driving. Such as, showing how to wash the windscreen using the washer wiper on the car.