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Driving Test Changes

On the 4th December 2017, the driving test changed to the following format.

There is nothing to worry about. The changes are quite routine, and we will cover everything that you need to be a successful, safe and efficient driver. The test will still last for just 40 minutes.

  • Show me, Tell me Questions - Some of these have changed and you'll now be asked one of them on the move. (see below)

  • Normal Driving - The examiner will give you directions in plenty of time. If no direction is given, you should follow the road ahead but look out for signs that say that you can't. If there is a no entry sign, it is up to you to find an alternative route. Feel free to ask the examiner to confirm your direction but do this well before any turning.

  • Independent Driving - This will now last for 20 minutes (half of the test) and may include following a Sat-Nav. The examiner will supply and set up the Sat-Nav, all you need to do is follow it. At any time, you can ask the examiner to confirm the direction but do this well before any junction or roundabout. You may still be asked to follow road signs as well.

  • Drive forward into a parking space and reverse out - This is one of the new reverse manoeuvres. The examiner will specify what space you need to drive in to then ask you to reverse out to the left or right.

  • Reverse in to a parking space - This is the same as the current test. Reverse into a parking space on the left or right.

  • Parallel Parking - This hasn't changed.

  • Pull over on the right hand side - Most of your 'normal stops' will be on the left but on one occasion, the examiner will ask you to pull up on the right hand side. They will then ask you to reverse straight for 2 or 3 car lengths and then rejoin traffic.

  • Emergency Stop - This hasn't changed. You may still be asked to do this.

You will only be asked to do one of the reversing manoeuvres. The turn in the road and reverse around the corner exercises will no longer be part of the test but you should still know how to do them.



 

With the correct amount of training, you shouldn't feel too nervous on test day, although some nerves are to be expected and the examiner will know this and allow for it. If you know how to drive safely and can get from A to B in good time, you can pass the test. Stay calm, think about your training and the pass certificate is yours

For more information on the changes to the driving test, see this online booklet.

You can watch the DVSA videos regarding the new Show Me, Tell me test here.

‘Show me’ questions

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

‘Tell me’ questions

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.