The Driving Test is changing.
On the 4th December 2017 the UK Driving Test - the 'L' test, will be changing in significant ways.
The reversing manoeuvres are being changed with the 'reverse round a corner' and 'turn in the road' (the three-point turn), being replaced by either of pulling up on the right then reverse or forward bay park.
The rationale behind the changes is to test the observation skills of the test candidate.
Pulling away from the right after the reversing requires looking through the car in front, whilst the reversing still requires having awareness of what is approaching.
Pulling into a bay is straightforward, but reversing out, as any driver knows, requires patience and vigilance to a point where you can sufficiently see to continue.
The current period of independent driving of ten minutes is being doubled and will include periods where a satellite navigation system will guide the route.
This update will reflect real life situations and make it the test more realistic!
There will also be changes to the “show me, tell me questions”; one of which will be done on the move.
The questions have been updated and are available via this following link.
Effect of the changes.
These changes together will make a difference to the mileage covered on 'test' with new routes designed to include a much larger proportion of country road driving.
Country roads are considered the more dangerous types of road in the UK and account for the most KSI's per mile driven. Having an emphasis on country roads will encourage learners to practice on them prior to testing. This should help in developing observation skills and techniques in dealing with the myriad of hazards country roads can offer.
I personally think this is a good step forward in the testing regime, making the test better fit the modern driving experience.