|photo courtesy of IAMRoadSmart December 2017|
It is well known that learners who practice more in a wider range of traffic situations make safer drivers in the long run.
The changes include the following:
- Independent driving part of the test will increase from 10 to 20 minutes
- Following directions from a sat-nav
- Reversing manoeuvres will be changed (reverse around a corner and the three point turn will no longer be tested), but drivers will be asked to do one of three possible reversing manoeuvres instead including parking in a bay
- Demonstrating vehicle safety knowledge while driving
“Our key aim was to ensure the test reflects the real world as much as possible and also encourage learners to gain experience in as wide a range of traffic situations as possible. By doubling the independent driving element of the test and introducing a sat-nav for an unknown route, new drivers will have to practice more.
“A common criticism of the old test was that it always used the same well-known routes which Learner drivers could learn by rote! The new reversing manoeuvres replace the three-point turn, which no one ever used, and dealing with a bay is much more like everyday parking.
“Finally, asking questions whilst driving can help the learner to multi-task and deal with passengers. New drivers with relevant skills and more experience can only be good news for road safety.”
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