Changes to the Driving Test DVLA
You have probably seen or read the news stating that the DVLA will be changing the driving test. The aim is to make the driving test more realistic and to help improve the amount of road traffic accidents. One of the changes will be the cannidate following directions from a Sat Nav, more than half of car drivers are now using sat navs, and the government wants all new drivers to be trained to use these safely.
The changes are as follows:
* Increase the ‘independent driving’ part of the test from 10 to 20 minutes
* Ask candidates to follow directions on a sat nav as an alternative to following road signs
* Replace current manoeuvres such as ‘reverse around a corner’ with more real life scenarios for example, driving into and reversing out of a parking bay
* Ask one of the two vehicle safety questions while the candidate is driving, for example, asking candidates to use the rear heated screen
The changes, subject to the outcome of research and feedback, will be introduced in early 2017. The changes have been trialled with more than 4,000 learner drivers and 800 driving instructors in various locations across the UK.