Driving Test Research

The DVSA has announced that they have commissioned initial research to review the content of the practical driving test. The agency will be conducting a preliminary trial to explore how the practical driving test could better reflect real life driving.

Driving Test Research

By The Acclaim Team on 28th November 2014 in News

Driving Test Research

The DVSA has announced that they have commissioned initial research to review the content of the Practical Driving Test. The DVSA will be conducting a preliminary trial to explore how the Practical Driving Test will better reflect real life driving.

The DVSA want to ensure that young drivers feel it is worth investing in good driver training so that they are well prepared for driving on their own, once they have passed their Driving Test.

The trial will explore the following changes:

Within the current test timing,

Extending the ‘independent driving’ section of the Driving Test, and asking candidates to follow directions on a satnav, as an alternative to following road signs as in the present Driving Test.

Replacing the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more realistic everyday manoeuvres, such as reversing out of a parking bay, or pulling up on the left or right before re-joining the flow of traffic

Asking one of the 2 vehicle safety questions while on the move instead of at the start of the Driving Test, e.g.requiring candidates to show how they would operate the rear heated screen while driving These options have been developed for consideration by the DVSA  working in conjunction with   Approved Driving Instructor Associations and Road Safety Charities.

DVSA will be recruiting around 1,000 learner drivers to take part in the trial in a number of locations across the country. Any future changes to test content would be subject to full public consultation.

 One of the test areas is Birmingham and two of  Acclaim's driving instructors in the area will be taking part in the trials.  Acclaim will be reviewing feedback from both our driving instructors and pupils who take part in the trials.

 

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