Technology is fast evolving and the advancement of technologies is slowly changing the way we drive. In order to keep up with the changing technology, DVSA (The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) has announced possible changes to the Driving Test after two decades.

DVSA Introduces Two New Manoeuvres

The proposed new driving test may eliminate several well-known manoeuvres and include new manoeuvres that suit today’s technological world to the practical test. The test is predicted to still stop at 40 minutes even with the proposed removal of the “3-point manoeuvre”, “reverse around the corner”, as well as the “turn in the road manoeuvre”. The 2 main new manoeuvres most likely to be included on the driving test are; “driving your car straight into the parking space, stopping, and then reversing out to either your left or right; whichever that suits you and then leaving the car park”. The other manoeuvre is “pulling up in a convenient place, on the right side of the road, and then reversing your car back to two car lengths, and then driving on when you are ready”. These manoeuvres were included in the new UK driving test because they are said to be manoeuvres that people will be carrying out often even after passing their test. So by including them in the test as well as in teaching them during driving lessons, learners may be more prepared to execute these manoeuvres.

Another big change with the new UK driving test is the safety questions will now be asked while learners are driving during the practical test.

Currently, before you begin the test, the examiner asks candidates two safety “show me tell me” questions about the vehicle. The DVSA will now be including this part on the practical test.  These questions will now be asked while on the move in the new UK driving test. They feel that this is more real life and you could be in a situation in a new car and need to turn the windscreen wipers on, or demist the windscreen while driving and this distraction shouldn’t become a dangerous task. Again this is to prepare the candidate for driving on their own.

The new UK driving test is set to start trials from April 2015

Another point to the DVSA’s proposed new driving test is the inclusion of following directions given to you through the SAT NAV. In the new UK driving test learners will be asked to follow the directions from a SAT NAV. At the start of the driving test the examiner will supply and fit a SAT NAV to the test vehicle, then at some point during the drive this will be used to provide the directions. This is now going to last for around twenty minutes rather than ten. The SAT NAV will have a driving test route already pre-programmed into it so the candidate will just follow the directions. The advantages with this are that the driving test routes will not be restricted just to the roads with signs on them. This means that the test routes would not become so predictable, and examiners can get the most out of the driving test area. Another advantage for the driving examiner is that they can stop the candidate at the side of the road during the independent drive, and get them to carry out a manoeuvre, and once they are finished just tell the candidate to carry on following the sat nav.

The current proposed changes on the driving test were drafted by DVSA to enhance driving safety on the roads of UK. Only twenty UK driving test centres will be taking part in the trials. Two of these will be in Scotland, one in is Edinburgh Musselburgh, and the other is Glasgow, Bishopbriggs. Trials are expected to last until the end of the year. The new UK driving test is then going to be reviewed and if all goes to plan it will be rolled out across the whole of the UK for the summer of 2016. Young motorist will benefit from the improved training and much lower insurance premiums from the proposed changes. The trial for the new driving test is set to start April 2015.