How to setup routes for the new driving test on TomTom

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How to set up routes (My Tracks) on TomTom from the comfort of your own home.

One of the reasons the DVSA  picked the TomTom was its ability to record and playback routes, so they can keep them standard for the test.

The syncing features of MyDrive are currently compatible with GO and START 4x, 5x, 6x series / GO 400, 5×0, 6×0 / 5×00, 6×00 / Trucker 5000, 6000 as well as Rider 40/4×0 devices and the Android and IOS Apps so you don’t need a Start 52 to make use of them.

Now you don’t actually have to drive around a route with record pressed to do this, there is a much faster way as long as you’ve got a PC,

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New DL25 and DT1 Officially Released

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The new DT1 has been released and can be read here

The draft DL25 I reproduced sometime ago has also been signed off and can be downloaded here

(The forward bay park will be marked in the new box 8, the pull up on the right will be marked on the right reverse box)


The New Vehicle Safety Questions (Show me tell me) can be seen here.

On marking the new SMTM questions a DF for an incorrect “tell me” will be “held” until the “show me” has been completed.
If the Show Me results in a serious then only that will be marked, otherwise only a single DF will be recorded.

Part 3 Update – Not changing this month guys

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“Earlier in October we updated you on the delay to the changes to the ADI part 3 test.

We wanted to let you know that we still do not have parliamentary approval to make them and that we’ve written to candidates with tests booked until 1 December to explain their options.

It is important to note that this delay does not affect the changes to the driving test that are being introduced on 4 December.

We’ll keep you informed of further developments and let you know when the changes will be implemented.

We understand this has been frustrating, and we thank you for your patience.”

The follow up to ORDIT trainers says there are two options if you have a test booked between 13th of Nov and 1st of December you can either take the existing Part 3 or move the date out for the new one.


Thoughts on the new driving test

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In a few weeks the ‘new’ driving test will be in operation, there has been as you would expect more than a degree of comment from driving instructors and pupils who are, as it were instructing and learning under the ‘old’ test  but in some cases take their test under the ‘new’, for instance, someone who takes a test now, fails and can only take a re-test after the 4th of December.

Most instructors will have of course discussed this with pupils and will have covered the changes along with the new requirements as a matter of course and whatever the ‘rights or wrongs’ of the new system it’s unlikely that pupils will have any problems completing the new.

This is not, of course, the first time the ‘test’ has changed since it became mandatory to take and pass on April 1st, 1934. It was not met with universal acclaim or acceptance, and comments in the motoring press are quite illuminating.  Anyone could be a driving instructor no qualifications or experience required then, but the ‘uniform’ of instructors working for large organisations appeared to be a suit complete with bowler hat!

The test itself would be recognisable by today’s pupils, the question of whether it was easier or harder to pass in those far off days is questionable, but I would say that the modern pupil and for that matter structure would most certainly get quite a culture shock if asked to drive to test standard a 1930’s car.  No synchromesh gearbox and cable or rod operated brakes, anyone?

The 1940’s and again in the mid-1950’s saw the test suspended, and thousands of mostly men were ‘tested’ during their military service. The ‘test’ then seemed to be a case of if you could start and stop and drive around a parade ground without hitting anything or anyone you passed, needs must  I suppose.

Pupils and motoring journalists have always had a lot to say, and I found a couple of real gems in a 1950’s article and letters pages of ‘Practical Motorist and Motorcyclist.

From ‘failed three times’ of Colchester, who was obviously quite disgusted that 500 examiners  taking up to 6 times to pass some people on the most ‘petty little fault’   Another states that the ‘test’ has had no impact on accidents and that there were fewer accidents in 1955 than in 1938, despite double the numbers of vehicles, ( I wonder what he would make of today’s traffic? )

The editor F.J Camm  was  of a similar opinion, not enough examiners and certainly hard to find the examiners of the right experience and calibre,  it, therefore, should be abolished, as like many other experiments which have been introduced in the name of road safety it has failed and an examination of the accident statistics has shown it has made no impact on the problem.

Perhaps, we do after all live in more enlightened times.

The Cardington Special Test

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Cardington, oh, Cardington,
I still hear your learners crashin,
while I watch the indicators flashin’.

(That’s a Glenn Campbell reference in case anyone was wondering)

I recently decided it was time to bite the bullet and take the only driving test I hadn’t taken – The Cardington Special Test.  Created in collaboration with the ADINJC back in the 70’s it was designed to test ADI’s against the same criteria as Driving Examiners.

This test can only be taken by ADI’s and can only be taken at the DVSA Training Establishment in Cardington. It’s examined by the staff examiners, the same people who test and retest new entrant, and driving examiners.

The test lasts 90 minutes and covers a variety of roads including motorways.

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More Part 3 News

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Updated Information from DVSA on Part 3

We have this afternoon received the following from Jacqui Turland, Registrar –

“Further to my email of 1 September 2017, I wanted to let you know that we have yet to gain Parliamentary approval to introduce the change, but are still hopeful that we will be able to do so by late October.

Having written to all PDIs with a test booked up to 13 October, we will now been contacting all those with a test booked up to 27 October. We’ll be able to give them more options on what they can do, such as postponing their test to a later date or keeping their test date and taking the test in the current format. They’ll be advised to speak to their instructor trainer to discuss the best option for them.

We will also be contacting all those on the Official Register of Instructor Trainers.

I will, of course, update you as and when I have more clarity on an implementation date.”


As I said before – I’m still hopeful I’ll win the lottery as well…..

The Hangover Part 3 – Again

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Further update – There will be no change before the 1st of December. Also, rumour has it the new part 2 will now include 2 manoeuvres out of both the old and new. (Which makes far more sense to me – maybe they read this blog 🙂 )

The ADI Part 3 test isn’t changing on the 2nd of October. It’s been postponed as the legislation wasn’t able to be updated in time.

I have no-one going through at the planned change over time, by design, (There’s an old saying in sales – “The sale doesn’t count until the money is in the till”, and personally I think in a similar vein with dealing with dealing with target dates from Gov’t departments – It doesn’t happen till it happens, and my clients won’t be the guinea pigs on month one when it does) so I’m not out banging my head against the wall in frustration, but there are plenty of PDI’s and trainers now left in a mess because of this.

If you’re a PDI (and I’m speculating here), you’ll be offered to either continue your booked date and take the old test, or an extension on the pink badge (if you’re on one) to take the new one when it eventually changes. I think it’s extremely unlikely that they’ll run both tests in parallel for a short period as they’d have to amend the redrafted legislation to allow it, but you never know.


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TRL Study Released

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The moment you've all been waiting for

The publication of the TRL study into the new driving test has been published.

How the new car driving test impacts learning to drive, test performance and post-test driving, based on trials held in 2015 and 2016.

The full study can be read here, but some key points are listed below

No difference in post test collision rate

“The two test groups did not differ in their post-test driving exposure, except that those in the revised test group were more likely than those in the existing test group to have used a satnav. In terms of attitudes to risk and confidence, the groups did not differ significantly at six months post-test.

There were no differences in collisions (number, or rate) between the revised and existing test groups. There were familiar patterns in the collision data, with younger age and greater exposure being linked to more collisions. Collision modelling, which held driving exposure and age constant and included the age-matched national comparison group participants directly, showed again that there was no effect of test type on collision risk post-test. A range of factors related to pre- and post-test experience were related to changes in collision risk, but these applied to all groups”

“The final analysis in the study modeled collisions using a base model which controlled both age and exposure and then added other variables to establish which, if any, increased or decreased collision risk. The analysis confirmed that that test type had no statistically significant impact on collision risk”

Slight change in style of training

“A comparison of both trial groups with an age-matched group of participants from non-trial test centers showed that the national comparison group undertook more training with their ADIs than trial participants, were more likely to spend time learning in quiet residential areas and following road signs, and were more likely to spend no time learning on country roads, fast dual carriageways, or when using a satnav. If these differences were due to training bias (and not simply the particular ADIs or test centers in the trial) then it is possible that the revised test has the potential to alter the learning to drive process to a greater extent than shown through the comparisons between the main trial groups”

No change in test difficulty

“The revised test had no noticeable impact on test difficulty, whether measured by self-reported number of attempts before passing or DL25 minor faults.”

Black box policies have increased accident rates!

“The findings that those drivers with a telematics-based insurance policy are reporting more accidents is certainly worthy of further investigation, especially given the claims for safety benefits often made by providers of these policies. While it is possible that collisions under such policies (and work-related collisions) are more likely to be recalled or reported by participants, the very large increase in risk (around 50% in both cases) seems larger than might be explained by memory effects alone in a six month period.”

Advanced Driving Options

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My latest column in the NJC newsletter covers the different types of Advanced Driving test available. Regular readers on this site might notice it’s similar to another post from earlier in the year, but if you can’t plagiarise yourself, who you can you plagiarise?

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