Real world driving test to include using the horn and windscreen wipers

Motorists taking their driving test from next year will have to perform “real life tasks”, such as using the horn, windscreen wipers or opening windows.

The “show me, tell me” questions will be changed as of December to include these tasks and are used to test whether students are able to operate these parts of the car without losing control.

The DVLA has already uploaded videos to YouTube as a guide for learner drivers to watch and understand the tasks they will be expected to perform.

Other changes include three-point turns being scrapped in favour of maneuvers such as reverse bay parking, 20 minutes of independent driving, driving with a sat nav, and parallel parking. It is the biggest overhaul of the practical test in more than 20 years, with students potentially being asked to perform any one of these tasks.

The sat nav part of the test is to examine how easily a driver can follow instructions from the examiners sat nav with a pre-designated route also chosen by the examiner.

One out of five tests won’t use sat navs, however, with students following traffic signs instead.

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “Great Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world. But there’s still more that we can do to keep road users safe – particularly newly qualified drivers.

“Making sure that the test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help every driver through a lifetime of safe driving.”

Aidan Rennie-Jones


September 14, 2017

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