December 4th 2017 Driving Test Changes. This date is a turning point in the history of the British Driving Test. For the first time in its history there will be no testing of the turn in the road manoeuvre [3-point-turn]. Which means there will be a majority of drivers, who have never turned a car around in the road. Ask the question. “When confronted with a blocked road, how would a driver turn around to face the opposite direction?” Never having carried out this type of manoeuvre.
The DVSA have published that the turn-in-the-road manoeuvre will still be taught by driving instructors, even though it’s not going to be tested. Yes, I agree with that, but driving schools are running a commercial business. This means that a learner driver would not normally be happy to pay for learning something that will not be needed on a driving test. The majority of learner drivers only want the ‘bare bones’ of driving lessons to get through their test. The fall in popularity of the Pass Plus training programme is evidence of that.
3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
parallel park at the side of the road
park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic
As you can see it mentions that you will be asked to carry out one of three manoeuvres. Not strictly accurate since the bay parking exercise is divided into two possible scenarios. To my mind I see this as two manoeuvres, not one, as they require different skill sets.
The parking on the right manoeuvre cannot be legally practised by learner drivers taking evening lessons in the winter. As it would be illegal to park on the right at night except in a one way street. I wonder how many parents (hopefully not professional driving instructors) will park on the right at night with dipped headlights. Blazing away in the face of oncoming traffic and reversing over someone’s driveway?
New driving test manoeuvres are being introduced on December 4th, 2017. The traditional turn-in-the-road manoeuvre and reverse around the corner exercise are being dropped. The parallel parking exercise is to remain. Only one manoeuvre will be carried out from these three.
Parallel park at the side of the road
Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will decide).
Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic
Parking on the right of a road
A new and very unusual manoeuvre of parking on the right-hand side of a road is being introduced.
Once parking on the right has been achieved a driving test candidate will then be asked to reverse the car alongside the kerb for two car lengths, before finally moving off. The examiner will not stop you first to explain the exercise, they’ll say it whilst you are driving.
These essential skills will be assessed when parking on the right
Awareness of road users from behind and oncoming
Effective use of mirrors
Accuracy and control
One drawback of having this manoeuvre on a driving test is the lack of time to practice it for learner drivers who can only take evening lessons in the winter. Because it is illegal to park on the right at night!
New driving test manoeuvres
Parking in a bay
A wide variety of car parks for the bay parking exercise, such as hotels, retail parks and supermarkets will be used.
The examiner will ask the pupil to park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or revering in and driving out (the examiner will decide which method to use).
Here is the examiners instruction to drive forward into a parking bay.
“I’d like you to drive forward into a convenient parking bay finishing within the lines, either to the left or the right (if the car park allows it).”
“Now I’d like you to reverse out either to the left or the right (if the car park allows it).”
Learner drivers do not need to park in a bay where there are vehicles in adjacent bays. Driving through a first parking bay, and then parking in a bay directly in front of that bay is not allowed. When reversing out, you will not be allowed to reverse into any bays behind.