The driving test needs to be changed to reflect the dangers of drink and drug driving, according to campaigners. Drink-drive casualties are at a four-year high, nearly 25,000 motorists have failed roadside drug tests in the last three years and Department for Transport figures show that under-20s made up a quarter of drink-drivers in 2017. Now campaigners are calling for the UK driving test to include a compulsory section on drug and alcohol awareness. More changes needed Read more: Everything you need to know about the new driving test The test was changed in 2017 to put more emphasis on independent driving as well as address new technology such as satellite navigation systems. But Suzannah Robin, alcohol and drug safety expert at breathalyser firm AlcoDigital, is concerned that not enough importance is being put on the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs when learning to drive. She said: “The issue isn’t how much alcohol you might consume, … [Read more...] about Calls for driving test changes to reflect drink and drug driving worries
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The driving test has been updated with new hazard perception elements designed to reflect a wider range of weather conditions faced by drivers. From November 19, 23 new CGI video clips have been added to the test. They include scenarios in fog, rain, snow and ice. Some clips also include driving in windy conditions and in low light, such as dawn and dusk. The hazard perception test was introduced in 2002 to assess a driver’s ability to spot ‘developing hazards’. These are things that would cause drivers to take action, like changing speed or direction. Increased risk The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says the new videos have been added because of the increased risk of accidents posed by challenging road conditions. The Department for Transport road casualties report for 2017 shows that 16,406 accidents happened in rain, sleet, snow or fog. Of those, 205 accidents were fatal. Read more: Everything you need to know about the new driving test Jesse Norman, … [Read more...] about Driving test changes: the tough new questions you’ll now face
PUBLISHED: 12:07 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 12 July 2018 ralph blackburn Barking is one of the hardest places in the UK to pass your test. Picture: PA/David Jones PA/Press Association Images If you want to take your driving test in Barking we have bad news for you. According to a report released today the test centres in Tanner Street and Town Quay Wharf, are two of the hardest places to pass in Great Britain. Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show just 37per cent of all learners passed their practical test at Town Quay Wharf, between April last year to this March. Figures are even worse at Tanner Street test centre where the pass rate is just 34pc. The average pass rate for test centres across the nation was 46pc. Overall the figures show that built up urban areas like Barking tended to have lower pass rates, while at quieter rural test centres learners appeared to find the exam easier. If you want to maximise your chances of passing then you should take … [Read more...] about Barking is one of the hardest places in the country to pass your driving test
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?
There are less than three months to go until the practical driving test changes come into effect. Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has released new videos to help learner drivers gear up for the modifications to the test, due to roll out on Monday December 4. The more stringent test will see FOUR major changes learners will have to adhere to including a "show me" question while operating the vehicle. DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.” Read More In other driving-related news “Asking a 'show me' question while driving will be valuable preparation for real life driving. “With less than three months to go until the driving test changes, it’s important that learner drivers work with their driving instructor to make sure they can operate the in car-controls safely whilst they’re driving. "Combined with practice with an instructor, these new official … [Read more...] about Video shows major changes to driving test