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All you need to know about driving test changes

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Driving tests in Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

These are the four changes to the tests:

  • Independent Driving: The independent driving part of the test will double in time from 10 to 20 minutes. It will now take up roughly half the test.
  • Sat Nav: Most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav, but one in five driving tests will require candidates to follow road signs instead.
  • Manoeuvres: The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested. Candidates will be asked to do one of the following manoeuvres; parallel park at the side of the road, park in a bay or pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoin the traffic.
  • Safety Questions: Candidates will be asked the 'tell me' question, where they explain how to carry out a safety task, before starting to drive, but the 'show me' question, where they have to carry out a safety task, will now have to be answered while driving - for example, showing how to use the windscreen wipers.
52%
of car drivers now have a sat nav
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The new driving test has been designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

It is one step in helping reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain's roads.

The DVSA takes its responsibilities under the Welsh Language Act seriously and looked to buy Sat-Navs with the Welsh language.

However there are no versions currently available.

We’ll continue watching the market and if a suitable product becomes available, we’ll consider if it can be used.

– Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive

Despite the changes, the cost of the driving test will remain the same, as will the pass mark, (candidates will pass their test if they make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults) and the examiner will still mark the test in the same way.