Driving test changes: strategies shown to enhance road safety

The government is dedicated to lessening the amount of individuals killed and seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads.

Altering the driving test can help to get this done, by making it a much better evaluation of the nominee’s skill to operate a vehicle alone in modern driving conditions.

DVSA has released a consultation. The deadline to get your say is 25 August 2016.
What the changes are

The changes are to:

Raise the ‘independent driving’ part of the driving evaluation from 10 to 20 minutes
Request directions to be followed by nominees through the ‘ driving’ part that is independent driving, by use of a sat nav
Replace the ‘manoeuvres with real life scenarios, eg driving into and reversing out from a parking bay
Inquire 1 of the 2 vehicle security questions (known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions) while the nominee is driving, eg requesting them to make use of the back heated display

The changes are significant

Road crashes will be the greatest killer of young individuals. They account for more than a quarter of deaths of these aged between 19 and 15.

DVSA needs to ensure that the driving test and the training decreases the amount of young people being killed in crashes.

These changes are suggested because:

most deadly crashes occur on high speed roads (not including motorways) – altering the format of the test will enable more of the kinds of roads to be contained in driving test routes
52% of auto drivers finally have a sat nav – DVSA needs new drivers to be trained to make use of them safely
Studies have shown that new motorists find ‘independent driving training that was ’ precious – they can connect it to driving once they’ve passed their test

Studying how motorists will impact

DVSA is working together with the Transport Research Laboratory to learn how a changes better represent real life driving.

Over 4,500 student teachers have been driving drivers and 850 taking part in a research trial at 32

The trial is due to finish after in 2016, and also the full study on the findings are then going to be released.

Helping you

Gareth Llewellyn, dVSA Chief Executive, said:

Great Britain’s roads are on the list of safest on earth. But there’s still more that we can perform to keep road users safe – especially recently qualified drivers.

Ensuring the test evaluates a motorist’s skill to operate a vehicle safely and alone is a part of our strategy to aid every motorist by means of an eternity of safe driving.

Lesley Young, dVSA Chief Driving Examiner, included:

Nominees will undoubtedly be given more responsibility for making choices through the test. We need them to demonstrate they evaluate threat with no intervention in their teacher or examiner and can make do with distractions.

Support from road security professionals

First responses from those who’ve taken part in the trial and representatives in the driver training sector continues to be encouraging and favourable of the changes that are planned.

They contain driving teacher organisations, the RAC, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as well as the AA.

Driving Instructors Association CEO, Carly Brookfield, said:

We totally welcome the developments to the test and therefore are compelled by the evidence we’ve observed to date from the trial to advocate why these long late developments are manufactured into a driving test – which has been basically unchanged for more than 20 years and hasn’t kept pace with how our roads and driver behavior has developed over time.

Mark Peacock, head of BSM, said:

The planned developments to the driving test that is practical, especially application of a sat nav and the lengthy independent driving, should help create better, safer motorists. We completely support these planned changes and thus have had positive feedback from our teachers as well as their students.

Edmund King OBE, AA president, said:

We are aware that new drivers certainly are a higher hazard on the roads, so we want to prepare them for real world driving. Drivers will be tested by these changes in a realistic style which will be crucial to enhancing their security after their L plates are removed.

EL’s Driving School also welcomes many of these changes, as they would reflect the ever changing and dynamic nature of the roads today.


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