If you are a learner driver you might want to think about passing your driving test before December, Before they make some big changes to the driving test.
The Major changes will see a focus on drivers becoming more safe and independent on the roads which is not a bad thing.
Those who hate reversing round the corner will no longer be asked to do it during the test, so if you struggle December could be a good month for you. After all how many of you have actually reversed round corners since passing your test?
No more asking your dad to jump out and reverse the car out of the bay so you can get back home anymore as drivers will be required to do this before they can pass the test.
Those on the test will be required to park in a bay within a supermarket or shopping centre and then be required to reverse out of the bay.
To be honest it is something you’re going to need almost daily once you’ve passed your test.
Sat-navs are going to be another focus within the driving test and no longer looking at road signs for directions.
What are the four big changes?
1. More independent driving
Independent driving with a Sat-Nav will increase to 20 minutes from the current 10, you’ll be allowed to use a satnav or traffic signs.
However, you don’t get to decide the examiner will decide if he or she wants you to use road signs or the satnav.
2. Using a satnav
Standardised TomTom Start 52 model Satnavs will be used within the examinations, these will be introduced into the driving tests.
The examiner will provide the equipment and will set it up for the direction of travel.
Four out of Five people will be required to use the Satnav within the test.
3. Changes to manoeuvre
They’ve decided to bin the ‘reverse around the corner’ and the dreaded ‘turn-in-the-road’ these will no longer be tested however they will still be taught by your instructor as standard.
Instead, you’ll be tested on one of the three manoeuvres: Parrellel park at the side of the road, Parking in a bar and either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out and finally pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lenghts and rejoin the traffic.
That means you’ll be tested on one of the following three 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; pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.
4. ‘Show me, tell me’ questions
The show me, tell me questions are changing and these will have more focus on car safety.
The ‘Tell Me’ questions will be asked at the start of the test, But the new ‘Show Me’ questions will be asked during the test.
Which means you could be driving along and the examiner will ask you to show me how to use the windscreen wipers.
So what isn’t changing?
They are keeping the pass mark exactly the same you won’t be allowed more than 15 faults and no serious or dangerous faults. If you manage that you’ll pass.
The test will still last 40 minutes and they’ve also decided to keep the cost the same.
The changes come into play for anyone taking their test from December 4th, 2017.
If you cancel or move your test or it is rescheduled after this date you’ll take it under the new changes.