INDEPENDENT DRIVING

From 4th October 2010 a new stage will be included in the driving test, where the candidate is expected to drive to a specific destination as directed by the examiner.

The new stage will only last about 10 minutes, so we're not talking about finding your way from the test center to London.
Also there will only be one reversing exercise( a change from the current two).

Independent Driving - Example 1.

According to the DSA, the directions could be given in a number of ways (and the following is paraphrased from an official document).

In one case, the examiner might ask the candidate to drive to a specific place using traffic signs. Or, the examiner could give a series of verbal instructions to get to a specific location.

Or it could be using a combination of both the above methods. The purpose of this exercise is to allow the candidate to demonstrate to the examiner how they will drive when they are out on their own Ė which is exactly what they will have to do when they have passed their test and no one is there to prompt them.

The DSA is currently putting together appropriate test routes for this part of the driving test. I can imagine that this isnít as easy as it sounds, because they arenít going to produce routes akin to Hampton Court Maze or choose ones where there are missing road traffic signs.

Independent Driving - Example 2.

When it comes to this part of the driving test the examiner will have diagrams like simplified route maps to support the verbal instructions they give to candidates. These diagrams will be similar to the two shown here Ė though the DSA points out the final design isnít yet agreed.
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The examiner will merely ask the candidate to drive from the current location (letís say the road outside the Forest Hills Test Centre in Southampton) to (letís say) West End near Hedge End using the road signs.

Itís a journey of about 2.2 miles, and one which is covered by existing test routes. It involves several roundabouts(some with destination boards and some without) it also involves some traffic lights with destination
boards, most candidates in this area will have done the route plenty of times during their lessons anyway. The examiner may show a simplified road map like the ones here of the route, and the candidate can refer to it as many times as they like (safely, of course).
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Personally, I think this is a great idea. I also believe that if someone cannot complete what is essentially an extremely simple exercise then they have no right to be on the road, as they are a danger to themselves and everyone else. I believe this applies to anyone who drives on the roads.
Anyone.
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