Driving test reforms to include use of sat nav

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Learner drivers will have to find their way around the driving test route by using a sat nav device.

The changes have been introduced following a consultation by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) which found that half of motorists have one in the car, while 70% believe the new 2017 reforms are a good idea.

Other reforms to the test will replace manoeuvres such as reversing around a corner with real-life scenarios like bay parking. The independent driving section of the test will also be doubled from 10 to 20 minutes.

The introduction of use of a sat nav is aimed at encouraging more independent driving as well as teaching new drivers to manage distractions.

As a result of the new manoeuvres, driving tests will take place on busier, higher-risk roads instead of the low risk areas that are currently used for driving lessons and the practical driving test.

Discussing the changes, transport minister Andrew Jones said these changes "will help reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skills they need to use our roads safely.

"Ensuring the driving test is relevant in the 21st century – for example, the introduction of sat navs, will go a long way towards doing this."

"It's vital that the driving test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they've passed their tests," DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewllyn added.

The changes to the driving test will come into force from 4 December 2017.

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