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How The Upcoming Driving Test Changes Will Affect You

How The Upcoming Driving Test Changes Will Affect You
Tina Playle
  • On August 16, 2017

In the past week it has been announced that learner drivers will now be allowed to have lessons on the motorway. However, this isn’t the only upcoming change that learner drivers will be facing. In December, the UK driving test will be changing for the first time in several years, to accommodate more real-life scenarios.

Will the Driving Test Changes Affect me?

If you’re taking your driving test before the 4th of December this year, you won’t have to worry about these changes. However, if you are just now learning and are unsure of whether or not these upcoming changes may affect you, we have some advice.

On average, it takes around 30 to 40 hours of lessons to reach test standard, having two lessons a week that last an hour and a half each should make you test ready, in theory, within 2 to 3 months. If you are having one lesson per week, it would take 6 months to reach test standard.

However, there are so many factors that affect the time it takes you to pass your driving test, as we have touched on in our previous blog post. If you need to take your test in December don’t let the changes intimidate you.


What’s Changing?

  • Following Sat-Nav Directions
  • Length of Independent Driving extended
  • Reversing manoeuvres – reverse around corners and turn in the road will be replaced by driving into a parking bay
  • Show me, Tell me replaced by safety questions (click here to see the new questions in full)

For more detail on these changes, read our previous blog post – Everything you Need to Know About the Upcoming Changes to the UK Driving Test

Although this is the first time in a long time that the driving test has changed they aren’t drastic changes. With enough practice it shouldn’t be too difficult to grasp. The most important thing to remember is that you’re not learning them just to pass your driving test, but to be a safer driver once you’ve passed. So, if you can find the time, you should practice for these changes anyway, as it will prepare you when it comes to driving with a full licence.

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