Driving Test Changes Begin Today In Essex

Here are the four main changes being introduced to the driving test

Could you pass the new driving test? Biggest changes in 20 years introduced

In most cases, it will also require learners to follow directions from a TomTom Start 52 sat nav unit rather than road signs - although approximately one in five exams will still require the previous sign-only method.

Learners will now spend around half of the test driving without instruction from the driving examiner, instead following a sat nav or traffic signs. However, the "show me" question will now be while you are driving. So, it doesn't matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.

Changes to the United Kingdom driving test came into force on 4 December with candidates having to use a sat nav to find their way around the driving test route.

It is estimated that 52 per cent of vehicle drivers now have a sat nav which is the reason DVSA wants new drivers to be tested while using one.

DVSA director of people, communications and engagement Adrian Long said: "PCS's desperate claim that changes to the driving test will cause examiners to work longer and harder is simply not true". It won't matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

"Tell me" will see examiners quiz learners before setting off, again asking safety questions but this time focused on pre-driving checks, such as tyres pressures.

It's hoped using sat navs will encourage more independent driving and teach new drivers to manage distractions.

Examiners voted 84 per cent in favour of the strike, and downed keys on 4 December - the day the new rules come in.

Your driving instructor should have been teaching you everything you need to know to drive safely, so you shouldn't need to worry about learning anything new. So, you'll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or unsafe faults.

The DVSA dismissed examiners' concerns over the new tests.

The cost and length of the test will remain the same, despite other changes to the rules. It will still take around 40 minutes.

Doubling the length will enable the student and instructor to navigate higher speed carriageways (not motorways) where the majority of fatal collisions involving young drivers occur.

The new rules have been made in an attempt to improve safety on Britain's roads - traffic collisions are the biggest killer of young people, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths of teens aged 15 to 19.

"We'll continue to explore opportunities to further develop driver training and testing to make sure the driving test reflects real-life driving".

The proposals were widely supported by the public.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: "Our roads are among the safest in the world".

"These changes will help us to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skill they need to use our roads safely".

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