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Big changes to the Driving test here is everything you need to know

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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.

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Found Safe and well, School boy missing for 48 hours

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Cleveland Police have now confirmed missing schoolboy aged 12 has been found safe and well officers had launched an for missing Stockton 12-year-old who left with his school uniform and backpack.

We are pleased that this boy has now been found safe and well, Police Hour would like to thank Cleveland Police for their work during this search.

Found Safe & Well.

Police say he has gone missing from the Oxbridge area of Stockton and a search has been underway since Friday night.

He was last seen on Friday at 7.20pm near to his home he has bee described as wearing “school uniform (black blazer, black trousers with a white shirt, black shoes and a grey tie) however, it is possible he has changed his clothing.

“He will have a black backpack with him. Morgan is described as being white (pale complexion), 4ft 3in tall and of slim build. He has short, mousey blonde, hair.

Anyone who sees Morgan or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101, quoting reference number E174609.

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If you are yourself sat reading this and thinking of running away from home please be assured help and support is out there for you.

Simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home ‘Missing people’ are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass

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BREAKING British and French scrambled to North Sea

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British and French jets have scrambled to the North Sea amid reports that Russian planes have entered the UK airspace.

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet is supporting Airbus Voyager plane deployed from Newcastle after 3pm today.

The French have also supported in the deployment supporting with a fighter jet.

In total four jets were seen over the North Sea on mapping.

The RAF has declined to comment on the situation describing it as an ongoing military operation.

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Found Safe and well Missing Rachel Turnbull last seen at North Tees Stockton

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We are pleased to report that Rachel has now been found safe and well, We would like to thank Cleveland Police for their efforts during this search.

Found Safe & Well.

Police are urgently appealing to trace missing 27-year-old Rachel Turnbull, who was last seen in the area of the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton at around 4.25pm this afternoon, Wednesday 19th September.

Rachel is originally from Peterlee and may have travelled back towards there.

She is described as a white female, around 5ft 7” tall and was wearing mousey brown hair in pig tails, jeans and grey trainers. She has lime green nail varnish on her finger nails, and had with her a white handbag with large black patches on it.

Anyone who may have seen Rachel or may know of her whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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