The UK’s Practical Driving Test is being revamped from today (4 December) to give new drivers the skills they need to cope on the roads today.
Four key changes to the new test are being made which include:
– Increasing 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
– Asking one of the two vehicle safety questions while the candidate is driving, for example, asking candidates to use the rear heated screen
Peter Brabin, Head of Training at Bill Plant Driving School commented on the changes: “The changes to the driving test are to be welcomed as a positive move in preparing learners for driving safely on their own. The aim of the new driving test is to add as much realism to everyday driving situations such as bay parking at the supermarket, following directions to a new location via sat nav, knowledge of the vehicle and independent safe driving”.
Watch our video below to view the major changes to the UK practical driving test.
For advice on successfully passing your test, please click to view our Top 10 Tips to Pass your Driving Test.
Thanks, Bill Plant Driving School