Navigating The New Test
The Sat Nav has become a popular addition for today’s drivers with most modern car manufacturers offering built in sat navs or those not having the luxury of a modern built in system opting to buy the latest versions i.e. TomTom or Garmin.
I remember the days when the car back seat was covered with A to Z’s, that’s maps of the UK for those a few years younger than myself.
In December this year the driving test is changing to include the use of the sat nav. This is to make the driving test more modern and representative of what new drivers are facing on the roads.
It will allow the examiner to concentrate on the candidate instead of having to give directions or commands.
The DVSA believe it will assist in road and driver safety, believing it to help the drivers to manage distractions and encourage a wider range of skills.
How hard can it be?
With today’s tests the examiner is your sat nav, so if you miss a direction you can ask for clarification.
With Sat nav’s you don’t have that facility, so you may need to compromise, and adapt. If you’re not clear on a direction at a junction, take the easiest direction option and the sat nav will re-calculate. If you are travelling on the main carriageway and miss a direction simply continue following the road ahead.
Above all don’t get flustered, sat nav’s can be hard to hear in noisy traffic, and most experienced drivers miss hear directions.
The DVSA commented
“The safe use of sat nav’s during the training stage will enable greater understanding when driving unaccompanied. This will expose the learner to the associated risks, giving them the experience of how to deal with them once unaccompanied.”
The examiner will provide the sat nav for the test and set it up using a stored test route. The candidate will not need to touch it.
Test candidates will still need to plan and execute route planning without a sat nav as one in five of the tests will be conducted without a sat nav.
Source: Intelligent Instructor
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