What are the changes on the new Driving Test?

Here are the three key new changes: 

1. Independent driving and introduction of sat nav.

The independent driving part of the practical test used to last around 10 minutes, but it has now increased to 20 minutes. This means the pupil may have to follow a sat nav (which will be set up by the examiner) or follow signs and road markings.

2. Change to manoeuvres.

The ‘reverse around a corner’ manoeuvre is being scrapped as is ‘turn-in-the-road’. Instead drivers will be asked to complete one of three different reversing manoeuvres: -parallel park at the side of the road -park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do) -pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

3. Vehicle safety questions

During your test the driving instructor will ask you two vehicle safety questions while you are taking your test. These are know as ‘show me’ / ‘tell me’ questions, which were typically asked by the examiner before the test began. The ‘tell me’ questions are still be asked at the start of the exam while the ‘show me’ questions are asked while you’re driving.  


The length of the test has not changed, it should last around 40 minutes. For more information on the new test please contact us on 01235 391941 thanks.