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?

The DVSA is using the TomTom Start 52.

What if I miss a turn?

Just like in any part of the driving test, if you miss the turn you were supposed to take, the best thing to do is to carry on if safe to do so. The sat nav should redirect you or the examiner may intervene and tell you which way to go.

The sat nav section of the test is nothing to worry about. Here are some of the reasons which might make using sat nav easier:

  • The sat nav gives you early, clear and loud instruction

  • Gives you plenty of time to prepare for your turn

  • Tells you how far the turn is

  • You can see where you are supposed to be going

  • It displays the speed limit of the road you are driving on

  • Tips for using the sat nav

  • Practice using one before you go on your test

  • Get a good understanding of how to measure distance in yards ( The sat nav will tell you how far your turn is in yards )

  • If you are really unsure about where you are going, ask the examiner

  • Don’t make any dangerous last minute turns

  • Don’t stare at the sat nav screen ( your eyes should be focused mainly on the ro

ad ahead )

  • Take glances so you can see where the route is taking you ahead of time

  • When looking at the speed limit displayed on the sat nav, make sure there are no temporary speed restrictions in place as these will override the ones on the sat nav