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Driving Test Changes December 2017 Bristol / Bath

DVSA have announced the driving test will change on 4th December 2017

All tests conducted from this date will be under the new format. We will begin training students to this new test format for all intensive driving courses booked from Autumn 2017 onwards. Any students who might require a retest from December will undergo this format even although their original training (perhaps with another driving school) was done under the existing pre-December style.

WHAT DOES THE NEW TEST INVOLVE ?

The 4 main changes to the test are:

1. the independent part of the driving test will increase to 20 minutes
2. most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav
3. the revensing manoeuvres will be changed
4. answering a vehicle safety question while you are driving

DETAILS OF THE 4 MAJOR CHANGES ARE LISTED BELOW (reproduced from DVSA news brief)

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1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes

The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.

This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.

 

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2. Following directions from a sat nav

During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.

The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with. You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.

You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it. One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

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3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.

You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing 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 (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

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4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the 'show me tell me' questions.

You’ll 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 controls and wipers

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