To ensure that they’re requiring the right amount of challenge and providing an accurate evaluation of a students’ ability to drive, driving test tend to undergo changes and updates every now and then. You may have heard of some of the recent changes to the test that came as of December 2017, but in case you didn’t, we’re going to talk about them in this blog and explain why they have been put into place, and really, what this means for you if you have an upcoming driving test.
So, here’s how driving tests are different in 2018…
Although the test still remains the same length of time at approximately 40 minutes, one segment of the test has in fact doubled. In the past, students were required to do 10 minutes of independent driving, whereas now this has increased to 20 minutes. This could be quite challenging to some as it requires more concentration, but it is a good way of preparing for driving by yourself once you’ve passed. once youve passed your test as usually you wot have someone there instructing you on where to go and what to do – so its uite a good change!
One of the most popular changes to driving tests that you’ve probably heard of, is the introduction of sat navs. This means that or the independent driving segment as mentioned above, students could be asked to follow the instructions from a sat nav as opposed to the instructor. This is a more modern adaption as sat navs are extremely common now, so really it’s quite a realistic requirement to be able to follow instructions from them.
You will still be asked two ‘show me, tell me’ questions as part of your driving test, however the ‘tell me’ question will be asked before you set off on the test, and you must demonstrate the ‘show me’ question during your test. So for example, this could be something to do with controls on the car. The instructor may ask you to use one of these controls to ensure that you know where things are and how they work, and that you’re capable of operating them whilst driving.
Finally, although driving tests will require you to perform a maneuver, the choice of maneuvers has changes. There is no longer a reverse around a corner or a turn in the road. The options now are as follows: Parallel park, reverse park into a bay, or pull up at the side of the road and reverse the distance of two car lengths, before setting off again safely.
Now we’ve covered all the new changes in place for 2018, but we also think it’s important to just reassure you with a few of the things that remain the same, so that you know exactly what you can expect when it comes to taking your driving test.
Firstly, you still have the option to take your instructor with you on the test. Of course, they can’t mark you or help you in anyway, but you are able to have them sit in the back of the car throughout the test for a bit if reassurance and support and to make you feel a little more at ease. As well as this, you can still choose between taking the test in your instructors car or your own vehicle, providing the correct precautions and safety measures are in place.
A few other things that remain the same is that you are required to do a quick eyesight test before you set off. This is where the examiner will ask you to read out the registration plate of a vehicle in the distance to ensure that you are fit to drive. Furthermore, the pass requirement hasn’t changes so you aren’t allowed one major or more than 15 minors, and you may be required to perform an emergency stop.