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What’s next for the car driving test?

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With the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency proposing that new elements be added to the car driving test, we thought it would be the perfect time to talk all things ‘driving test’ with our Budget Insurance followers. How many times did it take you to pass? What was your driving nemesis? Do you have any funny driving test stories? Also, what do you think of the new changes? Let us know your tales by tweeting or Facebooking us, we would love to hear from you!

The history of the car driving test 

Since the car driving test was introduced in June 1935, a lot has changed with different generations taking different forms of the same test as it has adapted over time.

In the 1970’s candidates would have to demonstrate hand signals. From the early 1990’s candidates had to complete, as compulsory, the reverse parking manoeuvre (of which I failed on the first time around). From the late 90’s candidates had to complete both a theory and a practical examination in order to pass their test, this was further amended in 2003 when the hazard perception test was introduced to the theory test. In October 2010 ‘Independent Driving’ became part of the standard driving test and requires each candidate to drive, for 10 minutes, without step-by-step instructions from the examiner.

What’s next for the car driving test?

Well, as driving has adapted and due to the fact that there are now over 37million more cars on the road on 2016 than there was in 1935, the driving test very well may be adapting again.

In a bid to reduce the number of accidents on UK roads and improve road safety, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have proposed four new elements that they believe should be introduced to the driving test:

More Independent Driving

Increasing the time you spend ‘independently driving’ (driving with no instructions from your examiner) from ten minutes to twenty minutes.

Sat-Nav Savvy

As more than 52% of UK drivers now have a sat nav, the DVSA want to ask candidates to follow directions from a sat nav during the ‘independent driving’ part of the test.

Real manoeuvres

Replace the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more real-life scenarios such as driving into and reversing out of a parking bay as you would when visiting a supermarket.

Tell me more

Ask candidates one of the two vehicle safety questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while they are driving.

The DVSA are working with the Transport Research Laboratory to find out how these proposed changes will allow the test to better reflect real life situations and driving styles. What’s your opinion? Do the proposed changes make perfect sense or should we be looking into different driving styles? Let us know what you think by vising our Facebook or Twitter page!

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We’re currently experiencing a high volume of calls into our contact centre and whilst we are doing our very best to maintain service levels, we ask that you only call our contact centre if absolutely necessary so we can keep our phone lines available  for vulnerable customers and those who don’t have access to online services.

If you need to check any details or make a change to your policy, please  log in to your Self-Service Centre. It will be much quicker for you to make changes to your policy online at the moment. Once logged in, you can also use our Webchat service which is available Monday- Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm to make changes, accept or decline your renewal or if you need to let us know about a claim. To log in, please click here.

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