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Learners Will Soon Have To Use A Sat-Nav As Part Of Their Driving Test

Learners Will Soon Have To Use A Sat-Nav As Part Of Their Driving Test

Is it me or does this guy look like he failed his test and is smiling through the pain? (Featured Image Credit: Getty)

Shout out to my sister who passed her driving test yesterday! Although, to be honest, when she rang me up to tell me the good news I had absolutely no clue she was planning on taking the test or even learning to drive. Oh well, much love, Soph. At least I remembered to send you a text on your birthday this year!

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It turns out she might have been one of the last drivers to pass her test as it currently stands, with it being announced that they're going to bring some major changes to how it's done.

Big changes to the UK driving test will see learners follow directions on a sat-nav in order to make them more realistic.

Reversing around a corner will also be ditched in favour of reversing out of a parking bay. This is all part of four major changes and two losses to the process of passing driving tests.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) chief executive Gareth Llewellyn told the Mirror: "Great Britain's roads are among the safest in the world.

"But there is scope to do more to keep road users safe - particularly newly-qualified drivers.

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"Making sure the test better assesses a driver's ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help every driver through a lifetime of safe driving."

The changes have already been trialled, with more than 4,500 learner drivers taking them.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "These proposed changes recognise that it is more important for candidates to demonstrate the capability to drive independently on high-risk roads than being able to reverse flawlessly into a quiet cul-de-sac.

"The new approach will be deemed a success if, in the longer term, it produces better-prepared drivers and we experience fewer road casualties.

"In the meantime we hope these common sense changes will be rolled out swiftly."

Words by James Dawson


Topics: Driving test

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

 

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