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Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Driving tests are changing

Driving tests are changing

Shaun Helman, head of transport psychology at TRL, said: 'The driving test does an important job of ensuring that people have the basic skills needed to be competent when they begin driving solo.

The reforms are being introduced despite concerns that they could erode motoring skills and make drivers too reliant on gadgets.

Learner drivers will be subject to a more modernised driving test from 4 December onwards, with a focus on more current driving styles.

The independent driving section of the test will double from 10 to 20 minutes, too, and manoeuvres like reversing round a corner are to be replaced by real-life scenarios like bay parking.

These changes are created to make the test more reflective of real-life driving, and can be seen as a positive evolution of the licensing process.

With road collisions accounting for a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19 in the United Kingdom, it is vital the driving test is as rigorous as possible.

He added: "We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking to make them safer".

Around half of all drivers in the United Kingdom own a sat nav and 70 per cent of respondents to a public consultation supported the DVSA's goal for drivers to be trained to use them safely.

Well, the changes have actually been trialled for two years.

Other changes announced by the DVSA include doubling the length of independent driving to 20 minutes.

The changes, particularly the extended independent driving and use of a sat nav, should help to produce better, safer motorists.

One in five driving tests will not include the sat nav testing component, the DVSA says.

About half of all auto drivers now have a sat nav and using them teaches drivers to better manage distractions, the DVSA said. "We're moving with technology and the technology that new drivers will be using". Stupidity! Its all about auto control, a practical hands on physical ability to control a vehicle!

Half of all British drivers now have a sat nav installed, and using them teaches drivers to better manage distractions, the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said. The changes which will take effect in December are overdue.

"Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver's ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain's roads".

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