The new driving test will be starting on December 4th 2017. I’ve been involved in helping to form the new test for over two years as you can see from my videos on my new driving test page which were recorded back in 2015.
The three main changes are:
- New manoeuvres. The turn in the road (three point turn) and reversing around a corner are being removed from the driving test. They will be replaced by two new manoeuvres which are reversing along the right hand side of the road and reversing out of a parking bay in a public car park such as a supermarket, hotel etc.
- Using a sat nav. The independent part of the driving test will now last for 20 minutes and you’ll follow a sat nav instead of the examiner giving you directions. One in five tests won’t use a sat nav and you’ll just follow road signs instead.
- Show me tell me is done on the move. You’ll now be asked these questions as you’re driving so that you can demonstrate them on the move. This makes the test more realistic, you’ll be asked to wash the windscreen while driving or turn on the lights as you’re driving. You won’t be asked to open the bonnet on the move!
I’ll be making many videos showing you me giving pupils of mine mock driving tests using the new format. Watch out for those videos coming from the summer of 2017 onward.