New driving test

As of 4th December 2017, the new driving test will be in effect. Here are some of the things you need to know about the changes.

  1. Manoeuvres

  2. Use of Sat Nav

  3. Show Me Tell Me Questions

In the old test, you would have been asked to complete one of the following reverse exercises:

  • Turn in the road

  • Bay park

  • Parallel park

  • Left reverse

In the new test the manoeuvres will be:

  • Bay park

  • Parallel park

  • Pulling up on the right and reversing

  • Driving forward into a parking bay and revering back out

As you can see from above, the turn in the road and left reverse have been removed from the test and replaced by 2 new manoeuvres. For many people, the removal of the left reverse was a welcome change. Many find this manoeuvre difficult and unnecessary.

Some tips for completing the new manoeuvres:

Pulling up on the right and reversing

There has been some controversy and debate surrounding this manoeuvre. Some instructors and examiners believe that this should be removed from the new test as the think it is dangerous and goes against the Highway Code. Some examiners even as far as taking strike action on the day it was introduced. As it stands right now, this manoeuvre is being used in the new test and many of our learners have done it on their tests.

In terms of control, this manoeuvre is a lot easier than most. You simply have to pull over on the right side of the road, reverse back about 2 car lengths in a straight line and then drive on again. What you want to avoid when doing this exercise is cutting up oncoming vehicles when trying to go to the right hand side of the road. The examiner will say something like “ When it is safe to do so I would like you to pull over on the right.” So it is your responsibility to choose a safe time. If there ae cars coming towards you, it may be best to wait before going over to the right.

When reversing back, it is important to look around as it is often quite tempting to keep staring at the right mirror.

When you are driving off, be sure to start your observations from over your right shoulder and finishing over your left shoulder just before moving off if it is safe to do so.

Driving forward into a bay and reversing back out

With a little bit practice this, manoeuvre is quite easy. It’s just a matter of picking a bay and driving forwards into it. You then have to reverse back out of the bay to complete the manoeuvre. When you drive in, all four wheels must be inside one bay. If they are not, you can reverse back and correct it. Some test routes will now go into a local supermarket car park to complete this exercise.