Driving Test Changes 2017 - here's what you need to know

22 September 2017 / Lindleys Autocentres

As of Monday 4th December 2017, there will be 4 new changes to your practical driving test. The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills to help them through a lifetime of safe driving. Initially, the changes will only apply to car driving tests but other modes of transport may also feature the changes in the future.

The 4 driving test changes for 2017

Following directions from a sat nav

During the independent driving part of the test, candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav (a TomTom Start 52)- the candidate isn’t expected to set it up or set the route so the examiner will provide you with this.

You can ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure, it doesn’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault whilst doing it.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

Reversing manoeuvres will be changed

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.

You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

  • Parallel park at the side of the road

  • Park in a bay - either reversing in and driving out, or driving in and reversing out; the examiner will tell you which they’d like you to do

  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes

The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes, in this period you’ll be expected to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner. This part has been made longer and will now last around 20 minutes, which is roughly half of the test.

Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test- these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

You’ll be asked the:

  • ‘Tell me’ question at the start of your test - this is where you’d explain how to carry out a particular safety task

  • ‘Show me’ question - this will be asked whilst you’re driving and you’ll have to show how you do it; for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

Other factors, such as pass mark, length of test and cost are not changing and these will all remain the same.

We wish you every piece of luck in passing your test. Once you've passed your test, keep Lindleys Autocentres in mind. If your car ever experiences a problem in the future, we're on-hand to help with mobile tyre fitting, annual MOT tests, and more.

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