THE CHANGES TO THE NEW DRIVING TEST
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency are committed to improving road safety and that means changes to the driving test.
The government is committed to reducing the amount of serious or fatal crashes on Great Britain’s roads. Introducing positive changes to the driving test will help to achieve this. There will be more focus upon assessing your ability to drive independently for longer in various realistic conditions.
So what’s going to change?
. currently the independent driving will increase to 20 minutes
. test candidates will be asked to follow sat nav directions on the independent drive
. remove the ‘reverse into a junction‘ and the ‘turn in the road‘ with more relative manoeuvres such as driving into and reversing out of parking bays
. introduce one of the two show me tell me questions on the move during driving on the test such as ‘how to squirt and clean the front windscreen’
Why are the changes crucial?
Car crashes are the number one killer of 15 and 19 year olds. This particular age group account for over 25% deaths on the road.
The DVSA want to make sure the training you receive and the driving test help improve road safety figures for life.
The proposals to change the test are vital because :
. the majority of fatal crashes happen on high speed roads ( not motorways ) so changing the driving test will help incorporate more of these roads on route
. over 50% of drivers use a sat nav so the DVSA want to make sure by means of driver training that you are going to use them safely
. candidates that have recently passed the driving test feel that their independent driver training was priceless because they can relate to it when driving in their own cars
Assessing how the changes will affect drivers
Across the country in 32 locations the DVSA have worked with the Transport Research Laboratory by involving over 4,500 drivers and 850 driving instructors with the new change proposals. The trials will conclude by the end of 2016 and a full report on the findings are then due to be published.
Support from the road safety professionals
From driving instructor associations, the RAC, the AA, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) have all offered their feedback after taking part in the trials which has proven to be positive and supportive to the possible changes.