Independent Driving

Your practical driving test will now include a section of 'independent driving'.

During this part of the test most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a Sat Nav for a period of 20 minutes. The examiner will be responsible for the setting up of the Sat Nav in the vehicle.

You will be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you are going if you are not sure. It won't matter if you go the wrong way, unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in 5 driving tests wont use a Sat Nav. You will need to follow traffic signs for around 20 minutes instead.

Today most car drivers have some form of Sat Nav. It is important that new drivers are trained to use them safely, so they always act on the basis of whats in front of them, and don't just rely on the Sat Nav.

Using a Sat Nav on the test means that examiners won't be restricted to using test routes that rely on traffic signs. Most fatal collisions happen on rural or high speed roads - so routes can include more of the types of roads where these accidents have been more prominent.