Using a Sat Nav on Driving Test


It’s been almost a month now since the introduction of the Sat Nav into the driving test. Quite a few people were worried about this new feature.

Here are some of the reasons people were worried about using sat nav on their driving test:

  • Another thing to worry about

  • Looking at the screen might distract them

  • They might not understand the instructions

  • They might get lost whilst driving

  • They might miss their turn

These were genuine concerns from some of our customers. This article will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have about using sat nav and also ease those that are worried.

Why is the sat nav part of the new driving test?

The DVSA recognised that using a sat nav is a big part of everyday driving now. A lot of learners were passing their test and then expected to be able to deal with a sat nav and this was causing accidents. In an effort to make the new driving test reflect modern driving practices, the DVSA introduced it as part of the driving test on December 4th 2017.

Will I definitely use a sat nav on my driving test?

As it stands at the moment, 4 out of 5 tests will use a sat nav. This means that there is a 20% chance that you will not be asked to use a sat nav. Instead, you will be asked to follow directions from a diagram or direction signs as in the old test.

Do I have to bring my own sat nav to the driving test?

No. The driving examiner will provide the sat nav for the test and set it up for you. They will also set the destination.

Which sat nav will they use?