Changes to the UK driving test that you need to know

On 15th April 2017, changes made to the UK theory test that will affect how several areas of the test works were published. Nonetheless, this analysis does not make the test any easier or difficult to pass. It also doesn’t affect the cost, passing mark or length of the test. However, it is important to note that the changes will mainly apply to the car driving tests for both manual and automatic cars. Most importantly, the DSA explains that these changes are meant to provide the learner driver with lifetime skills that will help them practice safe driving.

Well, I know some you still don’t know what entails these changes. It is essential for you to understand what has changed so that as you prepare for your theory test, you can study on what’s necessary and prepare as expected.

So what has changed?

Independent Driving

The main thing changing as from December 4th, 2017 is the length of independent driving. Initially, this segment took about 10 ten minutes, but as from 4th December, it will last for 20 minutes.

Also, during the exam, you will have to drive independently without any directions and instructions from your instructor. This means that it will be upon you to make decisions while on the road on what turns to make, how to reverse when to stop etc. During these 20 minutes, you must ensure that you adhere to the road safety rules and regulations,  observe road signs and road marks as well be mindful of other road users around you.,

The independent driving tests are usually tested to gauge your ability to drive without any instructor around. It is meant to evaluate your understanding of the set rules and regulations on road usage, how well you can identify road signs etc. These are just a few things that the driving instructor would want to see you put into actual practice.

Reversing maneuvers

Unlike what is done now, the new changes indicate that the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road maneuvers’ not be tested. Instead, a learner will be asked to perform any of the following three maneuvers;

  • Parallel parking on the roadside
  • Bay parking, the instructor will decide which way you should do it
  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoin the traffic

The new driving test as already explained will allow you to choose only one maneuver. This means that you will have more time to do the maneuver. Of importance is to note that while the two commonly tested maneuvers above will not be tested this time, it doesn’t mean that they will also not be taught. Your instructor will teach all that you need to know as a driver only that not all that you are taught will be a part of your test.

Theory Test Questions

The theory test is another significant part of the UK driving test. However, this time the DSA has not made any specific changes to how the theory test questions will be or will be handled. So for this, you can prepare the same way and with the same enthusiasm.

For more information on these changes, you can check out the various theory test UK online websites. They should have published this information by now. Better yet, you can go directly to the DSA website to get a comprehensive rundown of the changes.

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