The New Driving Test

From 4th December 2017 the UK driving test will undergo some changes. Some things will stay the same, others will be modified and there will also be some additions. What's staying the same? Well the test will still last 40 minutes, and the basic checks such as an eyesight test, pre-test documentation check and pass criteria will still be the same, and you'll still be asked to perform one manoeuvre.

So if we think of the set-up the way it was it worked like this. Previous test: After an eyesight and documentation check you'd be asked two mechanical questions. The whole test would last 40 minutes, during which time you'd be asked to pull in on the left hand side of the road and then pull away again about four or five times, and may also have been asked to perform an emergency stop. Part of the drive would be following a pre set route given by the examiner for about 10 minutes.  At some point during the drive the examiner would ask you to perform one of four manoeuvres - turn in the road/ left reverse/ parallel park/ reverse bay bark. 

New test: After an eyesight and documentation check you're asked one mechanical question. During the drive you'll be asked to perform a task such as winding the window down and up again, wash wipe the front or rear window or similar task. You'll be asked to pull in and away again multiple times and may also be asked to perform an emergency stop. For most pupils the route guidance will be by SatNav set up by the examiner  (Some candidates will still follow the examiner's instructions interspersed with a pre set route for 10 minutes rather than be guided by SatNav as in the old test). At some point during the drive the examiner will ask you to perform one of four manoeuvres - parallel park/ pull in on the right and then away again/ reverse bay park/ forward bay park and then reverse back out again.

So can you see the main changes? One of the mechanical questions is demonstrated on the move, the route will involve following instructions from SatNav and the manoeuvres have changed. There are still four options, but the turn in the road and left reverse will no longer be tested, and now there's also the option of you being asked to park forwards into a bay and reverse out. An additional manoeuvre may now require you to pull in on the right hand side of the road, reverse back, and then carry on again.

** Remember that the test itself is classed as a normal two hour session £40 **