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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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.”


Green light for driving lessons on motorways

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Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today.

The law change will be active from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.

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More details on the new test from the DVSA:

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As we gear up for the changes to the driving test on Monday 4 December 2017, we want to give you some more detailed information so you know what your pupils can expect.

We’re now starting to train our driving examiners on the changes to the test – including the new instructions they’ll give to your pupils.

I want to share these with you, along with some short videos showing some of the changes in action.

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TomTom Start 52 Displays

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I can never remember if it’s the Start or Smart 52 , but those interesting in how configurable the display colours are the options are all shown below.

Basically, the colour option changes the “direction line” but that’s about it. There is a night mode which just darkens down the areas outside the roads.

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Buckingham Palace

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On the 25th of July, I was invited by RoSPA to join their 100th Anniversary Celebrations at Buckingham Palace, representing the Advanced Driving side of the Organisation.

Here are just a few pictures from that day.