On 4th December, 2017, the practical driving test in the UK will change. These changes are being introduced to modernise the test and prepare drivers for a lifetime of safe driving, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The practical driving test is already fairly hard and many people don’t pass on their first attempt. Will these changes make it harder for learners to get on the road or are they necessary changes? Take a look at the list of changes below to decide for yourself.
Some parts of the driving will remain the same. For example, the exam will still last for 40 minutes. You will still be able to take your instructor on the test with you. The eyesight test is still part of the test too and you will be asked a safety question before you begin. Independent driving on various road conditions will still be required. Other things that will remain the same include doing one reversing manoeuvre, doing a controlled stop and a potential emergency stop. The most relieving part of this all is that the way you’re assessed is staying the same. As soon as you finish, the examiner will let you know whether you passed and will give you feedback. The pass mark is also the same. You’ll only fail if you get 16 or more driving faults or have a serious or dangerous fault from the test.
What do you think about the new driving test changes? Do you think they’re fair? Let us know in the comments down below. For more information, contact us at Uckfield Motor Services or book online today!
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