DSA Approved Instructor in SpaldingSince the 4th October 2010, learner drivers have been tested on independent driving as part of the practical driving test. During their test, candidates will have to drive for about 10 minutes, either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both.
To help candidates understand where they're going, the examiner may show them a diagram. The examiner will tell the candidate that the sketch is not to scale and will explain the route as shown on the sketch before asking the candidate to repeat the route back to them.
An example is shown here.
As a DSA approved instructor in the Spalding area, I can help you to prepare this section of your test beforehand. Call today to book your lessons.
It doesn't matter if candidates don't remember every direction, or if they go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced of drivers. However, during the independent drive the examiner will be watching to see if the candidate does the required mirror checks, signals and positions as needed for the junctions as is normally required, taking care to fit in with other traffic. Call today to take my high quality driving course in the Boston area.
Independent Driving Pass Rates
Some newspapers have claimed that independent driving would lead to a fall in the driving test pass rate. This claim is based on early research where conditions did not reflect the eventual design of the new element of the test. Subsequent trials with a larger number of participants and more closely reflecting the conditions in the planned new test showed no significant fall in the pass rate.
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