Major shake-up planned for practical driving test
The biggest shake-up to the driving test in 20 years could see the three-point-turn consigned to history, while drivers could be examined on how to use a satnav unit correctly.
According to a BBC news story, around 1,000 learner drivers will take part in a trial of the proposed new measures that have been designed to ‘better reflect real-life driving’.
The trial will explore extending the independent driving section from 10 to 20 minutes of the total 40-minute test, and asking candidates to follow directions on a satnav as an alternative to using road signs.
It will also consider replacing the ‘three-point-turn’, ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more realistic everyday skills, such as reversing out of a parking bay or pulling up on the left or right before re-joining the flow of traffic.
Learners may also be asked one of the two vehicle safety questions while on the move instead of at the start of the test. This could involve asking them to show how they would operate the heated rear screen while driving for example.
“We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving,” a spokesperson for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency said. “Any future changes to the test would be subject to full public consultation.”