The New Driving Test January edition

The new driving test

The New Driving Test January edition

We’ve reached the end of the first month since the new driving test was introduced, and these are our finding so far:

There was a massive surge in people trying to book their driving test before the new driving test was introduced, but in reality the new test isn’t any more challenging than the old one.

Yeah, sure there’s a few changes, but what’s the difference?

Well there’s a few new manoeuvres, which many instructors were already teaching during lessons well before they were introduced to the test, so no big change there.

Some of old manoeuvres have been axed, one being my least favored the reverse left, because of the difficulty in finding convenient roads to practice this manoeuvre, and my empathy for other drivers who had to patiently wait while the student completed the manoeuvre.

One of the new manoeuvres which caused a plethora of complaints from both ADI’s and examiners, is still proving to be unpopular. This manoeuvre requires the student to park on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic, before being asked to reverse two car lengths and then moving off when safe to do so.

I personally don’t see this manoeuvre as a difficult one, but I do understand why it’s the cause of so many complaints. I think the DVSA might have to re-evaluate this one!

Another part of the test that doesn’t seem to have been well thought out, is the independent drive using the sat nav.

The DVSA provide their own sat nav unit’s. The major problems here are 1) mounting the unit, and 2) what happens if the student goes off route.

  1. Mounting the unit. We’ve seen examiners using non slip dash mats to sit the sat nav on. The problem is that the units vibrate around, and slides off, which results in the examiner trying to recover the unit, and then hold it in place until the end of the independent drive section.

Big distraction for the student.

Yes, before you ask; Examiners have been supplied windscreen mounting brackets, but some cars have proven impossible to use these types of mounts, and they can cause problems with the airbags, especially in the new, and very popular Citroen C3.

With so many different cars used by driving instructors, and the shape of the modern dash, you’ve got to sympathise with the examiners.

A number of examiners have also complained about the difficulty in mounting these units, as it causes them discomfort, especially to their back while trying to fit the windscreen suction brackets.

2) The DVSA provide their own sat nav’s which have pre-programmed routes in them. A major problem we’ve been told about already, is should the student take a wrong turn the sat nav (which you would expect) re-calculates the route. But because the route is already pre-programmed, this causes the problem.

The examiner has to intervene with new directions while the sat nav is still barking out an alternative route. Very confusing indeed.

The examiner then has to manually end the route on the sat nav, in mid lesson.

Now I’m sure you can foresee a real problem that might occur in the future if a better alternative isn’t found by the DVSA.

We suggest, using the sat nav provided by the instructor, which can be quickly programmed by the instructor before the test, or by the student during the test to guide them back to the test center as part of the independent drive.

Food for thought.




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