Driving test to be more realistic

Driving tests candidates will no longer be able to memorise potential test routes, in a bid to make the practical exam more representative of the real world.

The Driving Standards Agency will no longer publish driving test routes amid moves announced by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.

Mr Penning said: "We want new drivers to be able to drive safely and independently and learning to drive test routes by rote isn't the way to achieve this.

"Stopping the publication of test routes will help to make sure that the driving test better reflects realistic driving conditions and will give new drivers the skills and confidence they need to stay safe on the roads."

In addition, candidates sitting the test from October 4, 2010, will be expected to follow directions or road signs without instruction or ajourney planner for around 10 minutes under the new independent driving element.

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