There are a number of exciting changes coming to the UK driving test in 2018. Currently there are many important aspects to driving that learner drivers do not have any experience in once they get their driving license. These changes aim to address this in order to make learners drivers more independent and prepared for real-world driving. Here are a list of the changes that are coming to the driving test in 2018 (or have already come):

Motorway Driving

Starting from 4th June 2018, learner drivers will now have to take part of their driving test on the motorway. This is to ensure that new drivers know what they are doing on the motorway and do not present themselves as a significant hazard to more experienced motorway users.

Using a Sat Nav

Learners drivers will now need to know how to navigate themselves using a Sat Nav (more specifically, a TomTom). The examiner will set the direction on the Sat Nav, and the learner driver will simply need to follow the directions that it gives. You must use the Sat Nav that is provided by the examiner.

Not every driving test will involve using a Sat Nav – only 1 in 5 will. The rest will have to follow road signs instead.

Independent Driving

The independent driving segment of the test involves reaching a destination without the examiner giving any instructions. The candidate will have to follow road signs in order to reach the destination.

Manoeuvres

The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested in the driving test. The only manoeuvres you may be tested on in the driving test will be as follows:

  • Parallel park
  • Park in a bay
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic
  • What is Involved in the Driving Test?

    The driving test involves several factors that you need to be prepared for:

    • Show me tell me questions. The instructor will ask you two questions from a set list that you can see before the test. These involve questions relating to the car, such as checking the engine oil level and tyre pressure.
    • Emergency stop. You may be asked during your test to make an emergency stop. The examiner will prepare you for this beforehand.
    • Manoeuvres. You can be asked to do one or two manoevures during you driving test, such as parallel parking.
    • Independent driving. You will either need to follow the road signs to reach a destination or use a Sat Nav’s directions