In December of last year, the format of the practical driving test changed. With the majority of fatalities amongst young people caused by traffic accidents, it’s hoped this change will improve overall road safety for motorists. Similarly, from June 2018, learners will be allowed on motorways to equip them with the skills and confidence for a lifetime of safe driving.
Changes to the test include following instructions from a sat nav, independent driving increased from 10 minutes to approximately 20, and being asked the ‘show me’ question while driving. There have also been a few changes in the range of manoeuvres you could be asked to execute. You’ll no longer have to ‘reverse around a corner’ or ‘turn-in-the-road’ however you could be asked to pull up to face oncoming traffic. To give you a helping hand, Watermans have created a guide full of tips to help you prepare for your practical test, including things to avoid if you want to say goodbye to the L-plates for good.
Using the knowledge you’ve gained from revising for your theory test is also crucial. The theory is there for a reason; it’s your roadmap. If you’re confident in your knowledge of road signs, markings, crossings and road rules, you’re at a significant advantage going into the practical test. In fact, we’ve found those who learn their theory before driving, require 6 hours less of lessons as they’ve already formed some road sense before hitting the road.