The New Driving Test Explained starts on 4th Dec

On April 15th the DVSA announced the New Driving Test.

New Driving Test

Allow me to try and explain the new driving test changes in a simple manner. There are four changes to explain.

Firstly, the Independent drive

It has changed, Instead of about 12 minutes the Independent drive the drive will be for about 20 minutes following directions using a Sat Nav most of the time. Sometimes the examiner will give you directions following road signs. The direction by following road signs will be only given one on five tests. The Examiner will provide the Sat Nav, so you do not need to worry about buying a particular version to take the test. If you make a mistake, you will not necessarily fail so long as you follow the correct procedure to make the directions you take.

Next 2 New Reverse Manoeuvres

Have changed The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer in the new driving test. I feel you should still be taught them by your instructor. These manoeuvres will help you develop your clutch control and skill to reverse safely

The new manoeuvres are

The parallel park at the side of the road which has been kept from the old test

Then the park in a bay – either driving in and then reverse out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)

Also to pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic

Lastly, the Show me Tell me questions have changed

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test – these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

You’ll be asked the:

‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving

‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wiper

Download this link to see the questions

Here is a Video From the DVSA explaining what is happening.


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