Driving tests are changing: what you need to know
From 4th October 2010 your practical driving test will include a section of ‘independent driving’.
During your test you’ll have to drive for about 10 minutes by either:
• following traffic signs
• following a series of directions
• following a combination of both
If you’re asked to follow a series of verbal directions you’ll be shown a diagram to help you understand where you’re going.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way – that can happen to the most experienced drivers.
Watch a video about the change to the driving test
Watch a special news report about the change to the driving test. It explains what’s happening and why the changes are being made. Sandra Dodson from the Driving Standards Agency also answers some of your questions about the new section of the driving test.
Read detailed information about the change to the driving test
Read more detailed information about the change to the practical driving test, download an example of an independent driving route diagram, watch independent driving in action, and find out what adjustments can be made if you have special needs.