THE driving test has undergone its biggest shake-up in more than 20 years - but what will it mean for new learners? The new laws came into force in December 2017 with new manoeuvres to make it more like real-world driving for learners. Here's the lowdown. What are the new driving test laws? The independent driving part of the test will increase from ten to 20 minutes. The ability to use a sat navs will be introduced into the test. The reverse around a corner and turn in the road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. But you’ll still be tested on parallel parking, parking in a bay and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road. You’ll still be asked the "tell me" question at the start of the test but the "show me" question will be asked during the test - for example showing how to use windscreen wipers. The revised list of tasks in order to pass the new driving test also includes asking candidates to pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse two car … [Read more...] about What are the new driving test rules, will I have to use a sat nav and when will learners have lessons on motorways?
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PASSING your driving test isn't easy with around half of all learners failing every single year. But some manage to walk away with a full licence with just a few minors. Here's everything you need to know... How many minors and majors are you allowed in a driving test? There are three types of faults a person can make in a driving test. These are: Dangerous - This involves danger to the examiner, the driver, the public or property Serious (major) - This is when the driver does something potentially dangerous Driving fault (minor) - This isn't potentially dangerous but could be a serious fault if it keeps happening Drivers on their test can make no more than 15 minors and absolutely no majors or dangerous faults. How many lessons do you need to pass? Most people take around 40 hours of lessons although you can do an intensive course to get you ready in a matter of days or weeks. But be sure to take enough lessons before booking a test and ask your instructor for … [Read more...] about How many minors and majors are you allowed in a driving test, how many lessons do you need to pass and can I cancel and rebook my test?
THE most common reasons for Brits to fail their driving test have been revealed - and they aren't as obvious as you might think. While Brits certainly aren't known for their incredible parking skills, tricky manoeuvres weren't the main reason drivers had to re-sit their test. A recent study, conducted by Warranty Direct, found that the most common reason new drivers would fail their practical test was because they did not properly observe the risks at a junction. Junctions posed a number of issues during driving tests, with many motorists failing when trying to turn right at a crossroads. Drivers were also highly likely to fail their test for not using their mirrors properly when making a turn. While parking manoeuvres weren't as common, reverse parking did come in third on the list, just above poor steering ability. Top 5 most common reasons for failing your driving test Observation at junctions Use of mirrors when changing direction Reverse park/left reverse Lack of control … [Read more...] about This is the top reason Brits fail their driving test – and it’s NOT parking errors
Self-driving car owners should be made to take a new driving test and hold a specialist licence, a study has suggested. The recommendations – which also include strict new laws to ensure drivers pay attention while behind the wheel of an automated car – were made following a series of tests at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. It comes after a woman in the US became the first pedestrian in the world to be killed by a driverless car, after being struck by an automated Uber vehicle in Arizona in March. A recent report by the Venturer study, which is being completed at UWE, has questioned whether motorists or manufacturers are ultimately responsible if a crash were to occur during a vehicle’s ‘handover’ period – which is the time it takes for a driver of an autonomous vehicle to take back control. The report referred to research conducted at UWE in 2016, which found it took just under two seconds for a driver to regain control of … [Read more...] about Why new driving test is being recommended for self-driving car owners
A new driving test centre has been proposed for Tangmere. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has submitted plans to Chichester District Council to set up a test centre at York House in City Fields Way Business Park.It has said the centre is needed to meet local demand.Plans include a change of use for the first floor office space and 14 associated car parking spaces.See application reference 18/00670/FUL … [Read more...] about Driving test centre plan for Tangmere