DVSA unveils changes to new-look driving test

DVSA unveils changes to new-look driving test
Those aiming to take their driving test from December will be interested to learn the details of a new section announced by the DVSA.

A new 'show me, tell me' component will require would-be drivers to explain a safety task to their examiner prior to getting the car up and running – with another practical element introduced later in the test.

'Show me, tell me' is just one of a raft of changes being implemented as the driving test undergoes modernisation – including the requirement to follow directions from a sat nav.

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Coming into force from December 4, examinees will be asked one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question during their test.

They will be asked to explain a safety measure – such as how to check the car's brakes are working – before starting a journey.

Other examples of the questions they might be asked include detailing where to find information on recommended tyre pressures, and how to tell if tyres are road-legal.

As for the 'show me' section, drivers will be asked to perform one task from a selection, which could include operating the horn, washing the front windscreen or switching on dipped headlights.

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Among the other new elements of the practical test to come into force at the end of the year, there will an increased independent driving section, the addition of following directions from a sat nav and revisions to reversing manoeuvres.

Last week, the RAC Foundation led calls to ensure the UK’s major highways are made as welcoming and safe as possible, after statistics showed motorways remain a mystery for many drivers who are put off using them due to a lack of knowledge and exposure.

Gareth Llewellyn, chief executive of DVSA, said: "DVSA's priority is to help people through a lifetime of safe driving."

"Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help people stay safe on Britain's roads."

"It’s vital that the driving test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed their test."

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