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.
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.
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.
The ‘pull up on the right’ and reverse back exercise.
The original information in this article is maintained below, however, it also confirmed by the handbook that has now been sent out to ADI’s ahead of the test changes:
As of June 2017, I have had confirmation of the below direct from the DVSA:
The examiner will ask the candidate to pull up the right-hand side of the road. somewhere safe and convenient. This will be on a “busier” road, but one with plenty of room to stop on the right.
(The candidate won’t be asked to pull up on the left first an then move off and stop on the right as originally reported)
You will then be asked to reverse two car lengths and rejoin the carriageway when safe.
The stop won’t be in front of a parked car. (as in this is not a requirement of the exercise but circumstances may mean it is in front of one)
If another road user comes up and parks behind the candidate during the exercise then it will be aborted (and presumably retried). The examiner will provide assistance to allow the candidate to see past a parked car if this happens and there is one in front obstructing vision.
If you like it, good for you, but don’t kid me it’s on road applicable.
That said, I am a big believer in what John Miles wrote nearly 40 years ago:
I will drive by the methods I now use until somebody shows me a better way, and I accept the possibility there may be a better way. Driving has been my hobby as well as my work for many years, and I have discussed every aspect of it with hundreds, probably thousands of people, including students other police drivers, driving instructors and racing and rally drivers, and for my own satisfaction I have tested things which they have suggested. So far however no one has been able to improve on the basic techniques I was taught at police school and which I have since taught to others. Nevertheless, I have always tried to impress this on students, the other fellows point of view may be equally valid.