Breakdown of the current driving test

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The driving test has changed. Although it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be re-tested, it’s useful to know what’s expected of new drivers. Would your drivers pass, if they took their driving test in 2018?

New Driving Test Changes

The current driving test lasts about 40 minutes and is made up of five different sections. These are:

  • an eyesight check
  • show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • reversing the vehicle
  • independent driving

So, what’s changed? The most noticeable changes are the independent driving section of the test. Drivers are now required to drive independently, using a sat nav or traffic signs. Wrong turns won’t be penalised and tests will only be stopped if driving is considered dangerous.

The test will also incorporate busier roads which may aid new drivers in navigating those environments more safely, after they’ve passed.

As the driving tests are being changed to turn out safer drivers, would your drivers pass if they took the test now? Regular eye tests and vehicle safety are always things worth reviewing. Safety and efficiency go hand in hand. Our mission at fuelGenie is to help you to run the most efficient fleet possible. If you’ve never looked into a supermarket fuel card, now is the right time to consider the benefits. Join in the discussion on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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