The changes to the Independent Driving section of the test took effect from Monday 4th December 2017
Independent Driving' is now an integral part of the driving test
Candidates are asked to drive without step-by-step instruction from their examiner for about 20 minutes (from 4th December 2017), showing they can make decisions by themselves in unfamiliar contexts.
The DSA wanted to make the practical driving test more reflective of 'real driving' and a better assessment of whether candidates are ready to drive unsupervised after their driving test and that they have the skills they need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.
As a result of the introduction of Independent Driving (in 2012), candidates are now only asked to complete one of the set reversing manoeuvres on their test.
Independent driving is not a test of the candidate's orientation or navigational skills so if they take a wrong turning, the examiner will do their best to get them back on track as soon as possible by guiding them with normal directions (if following signs) or allowing the Sat Nav to reroute. Taking a wrong turning itself is not a driving fault but if the candidate commits a driving fault when taking a wrong turning, this will be assessed as it is now.
Please contact me on 07931 537124 or 01270 659112 if you would like to find out more about the Independent Driving element of the practical driving test.