DSA to introduce independent driving into tests

In order to make a better determination in regards to the abilities of a learner driver to drive in a safe manner, thus reducing motor car insurance claims in the long run, the Driving Standards Agency recently announced its intention to begin integrating independent driving into its examinations starting from October of this year.

There have been confirmations from the DSA that the British driving test will incorporate independent driving starting on the 4th of October, which is a departure from the current state of affairs; as it exists now, the driver test is administered by an examiner that gives specific instructions throughout the examination.

The procedure for learner drivers will be changing, however, as the new regulations will have licensing candidates demonstrating their safe driving skills with the aid of either verbal directions from the examiner, road signs, or some combination of both.

The new rules allow for candidates the benefit of consulting a diagram whilst following directions given verbally.  The new move is designed to make cheap car insurance for young drivers, as a demonstration of better care and consideration on the road during the test may translate to a reduction of claims put in to car insurance groups by younger drivers.

Mike Penning, Minister of Road Safety, commented on the new change, stating that the assessment of candidates’ independent driving skills allows examiners to determine how well a given candidate will cope in the real-world traffic conditions that they could be facing every day on the road.  Learning those skills, the minister continued, will go a long way in making new younger drivers safer over the length of their driving experience.

Trevor Wedge, chief driving examiner for the DSA, also commented, stating that the objective behind the independent driving examination is to determine how safely the candidate can drive whilst making the kind of independent decisions all drivers do every day.  No candidates will be penalised for deviating from any planned route, he stressed, as the test is not one of navigation in nature.

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