There's going to be changes to the driving test!
There's going to be some pretty big changes to the driving tests which are done in the UK.
These changes are a bid to make tests more realistic for "modern driving conditions".
New things being introduced into driving tests will be getting learners to follow directions from a sat-nav, rather than strictly relying on road signs.
One of the big switches will see the bit of the test that asked you to reverse around a corner, as this is considered to be out of date with modern driving. Instead, you'll get tested on reversing out of a parking bay.
New drivers will also be asked about vehicle safety while they drive, so for example, they'll be asked how to use the rear heated screen, and things like that.
Being introduced in the new driving tests:
- Following sat-navs
- Reversing in and out of parking bays
- Vehicle safety
- Independent driving to be increased from 10 to 20 minutes
Getting axed from the driving test:
- Reversing around a corner
- Following road signs
Officials reckon that these changes reflect modern driving life better than the old test, and will reduce the number of people killed and injured on roads of the UK.
The changes, subject to a consultation, will be introduced in early 2017.
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “Great Britain's roads are among the safest in the world. But there is scope to do more to keep road users safe – particularly newly-qualified drivers.
“Making sure the test better assesses a driver's ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help every driver through a lifetime of safe driving."