There are Some Changes Coming to the Driving Test from 4th December

By Tom Pritchard on at

Good news for any would-be drivers that find themselves struggling with the turn-based manoeuvres, because come 4th December you won't need to do them. That's right, the three point turn (aka turn in the road) and reversing round a corner are both being scrapped from the driving test.

Instead test conductors will be allowed to ask prospective drivers to reverse out of a parking space, and quiz them about various car functions mid-drive - including turning on the windscreen wipers and using a sat nav. Other changes coming to the test include 20 minutes of independent driving, while parallel parking and pulling over onto the right-hand side of the road will remain part of the test.

This wider implementation comes after the new format was trialled in 32 locations across the UK, with 3,500 learner drivers taking part.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said:

"Great Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, but there is scope to do more to keep road users safe – particularly newly-qualified drivers. Making sure 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."

Also adding that the reverse round the corner manoeuvre is being scrapped because "it is more important for candidates to demonstrate the capability to drive independently on high-risk roads than being able to reverse flawlessly into a quiet cul-de-sac". He has a point there, I'm not sure I've ever reversed round a corner on the road. Only leaving someone's drive. [Metro]

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