The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recently announced the dreaded three point turn could be dropped from the UK driving test in its first shake up for 20 years. An interesting new addition could be the testing of how to use a Sat Nav.
The story was reported in a news article by the Mirror:
“Around 1,000 learner drivers will take part in the trials, which will involve them following a pre-set Sat Nav guided route “as an alternative to road signs”.
They will also be asked safety questions while on the move, instead of at the start, and asked to operate switches such as screen heaters, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
The trial tests will not apply to every pupil at the 20 test centres. Driving instructors will only book pupils onto the new test if they wish to take part.
Instructors in Blackpool, one of the places chosen for the trial, have welcomed the changes saying “things needed to change”.
John Guest of the Blackpool and District Approved Driving Instructors Association said: “The main point of the new features, using a sat nav and asking questions on the move, is to cause distractions which the pupil will come across when driving alone.”
This revamp of the driving test will hopefully help prepare younger drivers for the challenges of driving on today’s roads, and the ever changing role of technology in the way we drive.