A Change to Driving Tests

From the 4th December UK driving tests will have a new format, introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to combat the high number of fatal accidents that involve younger drivers.

Over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19 are down to road collisions, making them the biggest killer of young people.

The revamped driving tests are a modern upgrade on the previous test, taking into account that over half of drivers now use a sat nav of some sort.

The cost, length and pass mark of the driving test remains the same, but some major changes to the independent driving section and manoeuvres have come into effect.

Here are all of the changes and what you need to know:

Independent Driving

This section is going to double in length. Previously, this part of the test lasted around 10 minutes, which will now be increased to 20 minutes, taking up roughly half of the test.

During the examination, drivers will now have to follow directions from a sat nav, which is provided and set up by the examiner.

If the driver was to make a wrong turn while following the sat nav, it would not be classed as a major error, as long as you don’t make a fault while doing it. And drivers can ask the examiner for confirmation of where they are going if they are unsure.

Not all tests will include a sat nav – one in five won’t, with drivers being asked to follow traffic signs instead.


The reverse around a corner and turn-in-the-road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. Candidates will now be asked to do one of three possible manoeuvres. According to the DVSA, these include:

  • Park in a bay – by wither driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which)
  • Parallel park at the side of the road
  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

Vehicle Safety Questions

The examiner will still ask the candidate two vehicle safety questions,however where they used to be asked before the test, now one will be asked while they are driving.

All car driving tests taken from 4th December, will follow the new format.

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