Big Changes to the Driving Test in 2017

The practical driving test is set to change this year with a raft of revisions that’ll have a big impact on your test.

According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, the changes will include:

• increasing the test’s ‘independent driving’ section from 10 to 20 minutes so examiners can judge your driving ability more accurately in real world driving conditions.

• asking you to follow a sat nav’s directions during the ‘independent driving’ section to make the test more ‘modern’

• replacing the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ with manoeuvres such as driving into and reversing out of a parking bay to create more ‘real-life scenarios’ for examiners to assess your ability.

• asking one of the two vehicle safety questions while you are driving such as asking you to use the rear-heated window so your multi-tasking skills can be judged.

Tracey Daniell

Driving Instructor

Orange Driver Training is a new driving school based in Andover. The owner is Tracey Daniell who previously worked for Andover Driving School. Orange Driver Training offers driving lessons to provisional and full licence holders as well as full training for those looking to change their career and become a Government Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).