posted on September 04, 2016 07:40
With the attitude toward driving changing as we depend more on technology and modern vehicles, there have been calls for years for the UK practical driving test to be adjusted to keep up with the present day typical driver.
The last notable change was the introduction of the independent driving segment in October 2010, this was introduced to learner drivers in an attempt to help them manage to read signs and follow directions according to their intended destination.
The current proposed changes (yet to be finalised) by the DVSA have some interesting talking points, the proposed changes are outlined below:
Increase the independent driving segment from the current 10 minute window to 20 minutes
Ask the candidate to follow directions on a satellite navigation device as part of the independent driving segment
Ask 1 of the 2 show me/tell me questions during the drive
Replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and the ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvre with other life like challenges like reverse bay parking.
The inclusion of the satellite navigation assisted independent driving segment is probably the most eyebrow raising and interesting. In our opinion this is an intuitive and clever way for people to learn how to safely drive with the aid of GPS. With an estimated 52% of drivers now using these devices to get around, it makes perfect sense to test whether the driving test candidate can use these devices with ease.
The DVSA has made this move in order to ultimately reduce the number of fatal road collisions for young people aged 15-19, road traffic collisions are the biggest killer for this age group in the UK. With most fatal collisions occurring on high speed roads (excluding motorways), they hope these changes will allow more high speed roads to be incorporated on test routes.
The proposed changes also provide the opportunity to see if the candidate can operate an action such as turning on the demisters or operating the rear fog lights while the car is on the move as opposed to the current structure of asking these questions prior to moving off your car.
Source : The office GOV.UK DVSA website