Driving Ayrshire - New Driving Test
With less than a month to go to the changes to the new Driving Test and its important you know what to expect if you have been already learning or just starting your journey to be a safe driver for life. There are key changes which you may or may not be aware of happening on the 4th December 2017. Below is a run down of the main changes:
- The independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutesThe independent driving section of your test is set to double from ten minutes to 20 minutes – meaning it will now take up roughly half of the 40 minute exam. The DVSA explains that during this part of the test, you have to drive "without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner".
- You may have to follow directions from a sat nav. Most candidates will now be asked to follow directions from a sat nav during the independent driving part of the test. It won't matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it. One in five driving tests won't use a sat nav and you'll need to follow traffic signs instead.
- Reversing manoeuvres are changing, 'reverse around a corner' and 'turn-in-the-road' manoeuvres will no longer be tested, although you will still be taught them by your instructor. Instead, you'll be asked to do one of three possible reversing manoeuvres. This could be to parallel park at the side of the road, park in a bay (either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out), or to pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoining the traffic again.
- You'll have to answer two safety questions while you're driving. You'll be asked two vehicle safety questions while you're driving, which the DVSA says are known as the 'show me, tell me' questions. You'll be asked the 'tell me' question at the start of your test, before you start driving, and the 'show me' question while you're driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.Not everything is changing though; the test will still last around 40 minutes and the pass mark will remain the same, with no more than 15 minor driving faults and no major faults will return a pass result.