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Driving Test Changes: Just Around the Corner

If you have booked your driving test for a date after December 4th 2017, then it is vital that you are prepared for the changes which are soon going to be implemented upon us. A number of adjustments are being made to the current driving test so that drivers are more prepared and aware of the skills that they need to assist them with a lifetime of driving, and these changes are going to be effective from Monday 4th December 2017 in England, Scotland and Wales. But how is the driving test set change? Keep on reading to find out, here at Bluepoppy we are here to help you.


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Driving Test Changes


There are going to be four main changes to the driving test. These are:

  • The independent driving section of the test is set to increase from 10 minutes to 20 minutes to account for approximately half of the test. During this time drivers are required to drive without turn-by-turn directions from their examiners.
  • During the independent driving section of the test most candidates (4 out of 5) will be required to follow directions from a sat nav. The examiner will provide the sat nav and set up the route for candidates to follow. It will not matter if drivers go the wrong way during this part of the test providing that you do not make any faults whilst doing so.
  • The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres are being removed from the driving test. Instead drivers will now be asked to do one of the following manoeuvres: ‘parallel park at the side of the road’, ‘park in a bay’ (either driving in and reversing out or the other way round) or ‘pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse two car lengths and re-join the traffic’.
  • During the driving test drivers will now be asked two vehicle safety questions, one ‘tell me’ question and one ‘show me’ question. The examiner will typically ask one of these questions at the start of a test and the second question whist candidates are driving.

Why the Changes are Being Made


The changes are being made so that the UK’s roads can be made safer and in turn the number of road collisions involving new and young drivers reduced. Some of the top reasons for the driving test changes include:

  • The majority of fatal collisions happen on high speed roads and the new changes will allow more of these roads to be included within driving tests.
  • Over 50% of car drivers now have sat navs and these changes will ensure that new drivers are trained to use them safely without getting distracted.
  • Research has shown that new drivers find the independent driving section of the test incredibly valuable

Practice Makes Perfect


If your driving test is approaching we would urge you to prepare. Ensure that your driving instructor is training you appropriately for your test in accordance to the new changes, and stay positive. After all, the changes are being made to make the roads safer for you and everyone else.  And once you have passed your test, don’t forget to come back and check out our amazing car leasing deals, specifically designed for new drivers.


Good luck! J

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