Sat Navs in the Driving Test

For the first time ever the amount of drivers who use a sat nav outweighs those who don’t. The shift in the the way people are driving has prompted the DVSA to review the current driving test, and make it more relevant to ‘everyday’ driving.

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For the first time ever the amount of drivers who use a sat nav outweighs those who don’t. The shift in the the way people are driving has prompted the DVSA to review the current driving test, and make it more relevant to ‘everyday’ driving.

20 UK driving schools are currently trialling an ‘updated’ driving test, which replaces the current 10 minutes of independent driving with 20 minutes of following a sat navs instructions.

A spokesperson for the DVSA has said “using a sat nav goes some way to addressing concerns that inexperienced drivers are easily distracted, which is one of the main causes of crashes. We’re moving with technology and the technology that new drivers will be using.”

Using a Sat Nav must be done with care and attention to the road ahead, with 1 in 14 drivers admitting having a ‘near miss’ caused by the distraction of a sat nav. Examiners will be testing a pupils ability to listen to a sat nav without being distracted.

“The sat nav is there to help you keep focused on driving rather than worry about directions, but it’s not there to make all the decisions for you. Driving is an unpredictable activity, so you still need to look at signs, particularly those warning of hazards or speed limits, and watch for people and unexpected problems.” – Campaigner at Brake.

At the end of the trial the DVSA will make recommendations and hold a public consultation before any changes are rolled out across the UK.

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