The new UK Driving Test including use of a Sat Nav and two New Manoeuvres.
This will involve candidates using a sat nav and a change to two of the existing manoeuvres already in the current driving test.
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 around twenty minutes. The sat nav will have a driving test route already 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 meaning that the test routes should not become so predictable, and examiners can get the most out of the driving test area. The other 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.
DVSA introducing Two new Manoeuvres
One of the big changes for the new UK driving test is that two of manouvres which exist in the current driving test are going to be removed. Two brand new manouvres are going to be introduced. The turn in the road and the reverse left will be scrapped for the new UK driving test. The two new manouvres are going to be driving forwards into a car parking space and stopping, and then reversing back out to the left or right whichever you prefer, and then leaving the car park. The other manouvre is pulling up on the right side of the road in a convenient place, and then reversing back two car lengths, and then driving on when you are ready. These manouvres in the new UK driving test are thought to be things that people will carry out not long after passing. So by including them in the test and in teaching in driving lessons this should prepare the candidate for this. Reverse parking into a bay and around a car will still exist in the new UK driving test. As it is in the current test candidates will only have to complete one manouvre in the new UK driving test.
One of the safety questions will now be asked as the candidate is driving during the test.
At the start of the current driving test before you begin the examiner will ask the candidate two safety/ show me tell me questions about the vehicle. The DVSA want to now ask one of these questions 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.
Show me tell me questions and answers for the driving test
The new UK driving test is planned to be rolled out across the whole of the UK on 4th December 2017.
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