As the roads change and technologies change, the driving test has to change.
This is everything you need to know about the new driving test that you'll take if your test is booked from 4 December 2017.
This is the same sort of format as the old driving test but there are a few changes and additions.
Exactly what happens in the new driving test
You'll drive for about 40 minutes (which FLIES by, I promise!) and the driving test is the same whether you're getting a manual or automatic licence.
Your eyesight check
This hasn't changed for the new driving test. You'll still be asked to stand about 20 metres from a car and read the number plate to the examiner.
If you don't pass this bit, that's the end of the test. Make sure you remember your glasses if you need them!
The show me, tell me questions
You'll need to answer 2 questions about car safety to show you know how your car works and how to keep everyone safe. The bit that's changed is that now one will be asked WHILE you're driving...eek!
Tell me: this one happens before your driving test starts and before you've done any driving
Show me: you'll be asked to do something like use your demister or windscreen wipers while you're driving, so you'll have to multi-task
How good you drive, innit?
Your driving test examiner will give you directions to follow on a variety of road types but NOT on motorways (yet).
How your driving ability is tested:
Pulling over to the side of the road
Pulling out from behind a parked car
A hill start
Possibly an emergency stop
You can find the full driving test syllabus that your examiner will be assessing you on here.
Reversing your car
Some of the manouevres in the driving test have changed. This is to try to make them more like stuff you'll actually do in the real world once you've passed your test.
You'll have to do ONE of these manouevres in your test.
These make SO much more sense than the old manouevres so hopefully you won't feel too bad about them.
By this point, you'll be nearly done. The independent driving bit of the test is now 20 minutes (up from 10) and you'll be following directions from a satnav and any road signs.
The satnav in the driving test:
You can't use your own satnav
The examiner will set the satnav up for you
If you go wrong, you won't fail as long as you're safe
If you go off route at any point, the examiner will help you
If there's any problem on the route (like you can't see a sign because of trees), the examiner will give you directions to keep you on the route or get you back on it.
DON'T EVER GIVE UP
The new test makes a lot more sense than the old test and there are no tricks to try to catch you out. If you think you've made a mistake, just keep going.
You won't fail your test if you make a small mistake as long as you deal with it safely. Safety is the number one thing your examiner is looking for.
Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate.
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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.