Driving test changes - December 2017

May 10, 2017

The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres.


The 4 driving test changes:

1.  Independent driving increases to 20 minutes - roughly half the time of the test

2.  Following directions from a sat nav, which will be supplied AND set up by the examiner, so you just need to practise with a few different types

3.  Reversing manoeuvres will be changed:-

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.


You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

  • parallel park at the side of the road

  • park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)

  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

4.  Answering safety questions from the examiner, which replaces the previous "show-me / tell-me"

  • tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving

  • show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

  • Watch a preview here:



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