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One month to go until driving test changes

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At the start of the year we wrote a blog letting you know about the driving test changes set to take place in December. Well, guess what? It's November and that means change is a'coming.

Let's keep it simple

There's 4 main changes to the driving test and they're happening from 4 December 2017.

  1. Independent driving will increase to 20 minutes

    Exactly what is says on the tin: the part of your test where you drive independently is increasing by 10 minutes - so it'll now last about 20 minutes, which is roughly half of your driving test time.

  2. Following satnav directions

    You'll be asked to follow directions from a satnav and any road signs. Don't panic: you won't need to bring your own schmancy new gadget - in fact, you're not allowed to. The examiner will provide the satnav and set the route for you.

    One in 5 driving tests won't use a satnav but you won't know in advance. If your test doesn't involve a satnav, you'll just be asked to follow traffic signs instead. So - very important to brush up on both.

  3. More real-life manoeuvres

    You can kiss goodbye to reversing around a corner and turning in the road - although you still need to be taught how to do that!

    Instead, you'll be asked to do one of these manoeuvres:

    • A parallel park at the side of the road
    • Bay parking - either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out (practice both)
    • Pulling up on the right-hand side of the road, reversing for 2 car lengths and rejoining the traffic
  4. Being asked a safety question while you're driving

    The examiner will ask you 2 show me, tell me safety questions; one at the start of the test and one while you're driving.

Want some more info on the changes? Here's where to look.

Good luck!


Katey Gregory

By Katey Gregory

Katey Joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of all things social. She passed her driving test in 2015 and her first car is a Toyota Yaris T3 named Tyrone.

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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