Here are the four key new changes:
1. Independent driving
The independent driving portion of the practical driving test is increasing as of December 4th.
Currently this portion of the practical test lasts around 10 minutes, but it will increase to 20 minutes as of next week.
During this portion of the examination drivers will have to drive without sep-by-step instructions from the examiner and required to follow signs and road marking.
The independent driving portion of the test will therefore make up around half of the total test time.
2. Sat nav
Another change to the driving test sees the introduction of sat nav to the practical exam.
During the independent driving portion of the test drivers will be required to follow direction from a sat nav.
The examiner will provide and set up the route for you ahead of the test, so learners do not need to worry about what model they learn to drive with - although you must follow the sat nav provided by the examiner during the test and not your own.
According to information of the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency website "you will be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you're going if you're not sure."
Therefore it doesn't matter if you go the wrong way as long as you do not make a fault while doing it.
Drivers should still get clued ip on traffic signs and road marking, however, as one in five tests will not use a sat nav.
3. Manoeuvre changes
The 'reverse around a corner' manoeuvre is being scrapped as is 'turn-in-the-road'.
Instead drivers will be asked to complete one of three different reversing manoeuvres:
-parallel park at the side of the road
-park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
-pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic
4. Vehicle safety questions
During your test the driving instructor will ask you two vehicle safety questions while you are taking your test.
These are know as 'show me' / 'tell me' questions, which were typically asked by the examiner before the test began.
The 'tell me' questions will still be asked at the start of the exam while the 'show me' questions will be asked while you're driving.
Personally I think they are making tests easier here in the UK for newer driving, the Sat nav area of the test is extremely simple and anyone could follow something telling you where to go.
Also the " pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic." Is very simple and easy to carry out.