New videos shine a light on the new bits of the driving test

New videos shine a light on the new bits of the driving test
New videos shine a light on the new bits of the driving test

The driving test is changing at the start of December and ahead of the new-look exam the body responsible has released videos explaining some of the changes.

Under the current system drivers are asked two “show me, tell me” vehicle safety questions before setting off on their test drive but from 4 December the questions and how they are presented are changing.

From December, the “tell me” question, which requires them to explain how they would carry out a safety check such as checking tyres or the oil level, will still be carried out before setting off. However, the “show me” portion, which requires them to explain how they would carry out a certain task, such as operate the windscreen wipers, will take place during the drive and require the candidate to demonstrate rather than explain the method.

To show learners the form these questions will take and how to perform the tasks safely the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has today issued two new videos.

DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young, said: “Asking a ‘show me’ question while driving will be valuable preparation for real life driving.

“With less than three months to go until the driving test changes, it’s important that learner drivers work with their driving instructor to make sure they can operate the in car-controls safely whilst they’re driving. Combined with practice with an instructor, these new official videos will help you learn the skills you need to do these tasks.”

A “driving fault” will be incurred if the candidate answers both questions incorrectly, while if they lose control of the car while answering the ‘show me’ question they will fail the test.

A full list of the questions candidates could face can be found here.

Other changes to the test from 4 December include two new manoeuvres – parking in a bay and pulling up on the right and reversing, which are replacing the turn in the road and reversing round a corner. The DVSA is also doubling the length of the independent driving section to 20 minutes and four in five candidates will be asked to show they can use a sat nav system.

Carly Brookfield, chair of the steering group for national approved driving instructor associations (NASP), said: “Whilst in-car, on the road practice with a professional driver trainer is an important part of delivering safer drivers for life to our busy roads, we also recommend the use of supplementary learning resources such as ‘how-to’ videos from authoritative sources in driver education.

“DVSA’s new ‘show me, tell me’ and other recent videos highlighting key developments to the practical driving test are a really helpful resource for learners – not only in preparing them for the new test, but also for a life time of safe driving.”

The DVSA has also issued a catch-all guide to the new test:

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