Road theory test changes welcomed

Changes to the driving theory test have been welcomed as a way of helping to prevent motorists from becoming another "accident statistic".

The changes mean the Driving Standards Agency will no longer use pre-published questions in the theory test.

The Driving Instructors Association (DIA) said the move was a step forward as it would help motorists understand how to apply the theory to their driving, and would help them recognise potentially hazardous situations on the roads and act accordingly.

The changes should also help young motorists obtain cheaper car insurance in the long term, as forcing them to think about applying the rules from the Highway Code rather than just learning the answers will help them to become better drivers.

Steve Garrod, DIA general manager, hailed the changes as he warned that simply memorising answers to the theory test would not help learner drivers stay safe, adding that: "Drivers' knowledge of the Highway Code has been on the decline since the theory test was first introduced in 1996, with very few people ever opening a copy."

Copyright Press Association 2012