I recently passed the Theory Test, so I’ve been watching the latest news and there is a little bit of research done by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) which concluded at the end of August (2016). Its a little late to have any say now if you missed it, but you could have given your views on proposed improvements to the current driving test. The results still haven’t been released but should be interesting.
The Key Points they are asking about are:
- Independent Driving – Increasing the time from 10 minutes to 20 minutes, there the examiner will test you on traffic signs, give you directions or a combination of both.
- Navigation and Directions – Asking drivers to follow directions given by a Sav Nav / Phone during the above Independent Driving section.
- Manoeuvre Updates / Changes – Replacing some manoeuvres such as reversing around a corner, with reversing or parking in a parking space.
- Vehicle Control / Safety – Asking the driver to turn on the Rear Window Demister or Fog Lights.
Its probably a very good thing, I would have thought reversing around a corner would be fairly standard things to learn. Personally parallel parking looks harder to master, but parking in a parking space and following a SatNav are probably good skills to have.
Image By Palmer W. Cook.