The practical driving test is changing - here’s what you need to know

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Four changes will be made to the current driving test (Source: Getty)

The practical driving test as we know it is about change - and as part of it, wannabe drivers will have to prove their ability to follow instructions from a sat nav and (gasp) be forced to drive while chatting to the instructor.

The changes, which will be rolled out from 4 December, will ensure new drivers have the “skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving”.

Four changes will be made to the current driving test. Here’s what you need to know.

1. The independent driving segment of the test, which currently lasts 10 minutes, will increase to 20 minutes.

2. During the independent driving part of the test, four in five candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav provided by the examiner, while the rest will follow traffic signs.

3. Those who hate reversing around a corner can rejoice, because that and then “turn-in-the-road” (aka three-point turn) manoeuvres will no longer be tested. Instead you be asked to to do one of the following:

  • Parallel park at the side of the road.

  • Park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out.

  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

4. You’ll also be answering two vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions while you’re driving.

Got questions? This video will tell you more

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