New Driving Test format from December 2017

The DVSA has confirmed the start date for the new driving test, as of the 4th December 2017 the driving test will change to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them cope on today’s busy roads.

The changes are:-

The Independant Driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes (roughly half of the test time) and will require the test candidate to follow directions from a sat nav. One in five tests won’t use a sat nav, the candidate will be asked to follow traffic signs instead. The sat nav will be provided and set up by the examiner.

Reversing Manoeuvres: ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ will no longer be tested, however, instructors will still teach them as a life time skill. Instead, the candidate will be asked to do one of three possible reversing manoeuvres:

  1. Parallel park at the side of the road.
  2. Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell the candidate which one to do).
  3. New manoeuvre: pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

Answering a vehicle safety question while the candidate is driving: the examiner will ask two vehicle safety questions during the driving test – these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. The candidate will be asked the ‘tell me’ question at the start of the test before driving off.  The ‘show me’ question will be asked during the drive – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

All other aspects of the driving test remain the same as before. For more information watch the official DVSA guide video below.