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Independent driving: the facts


Independent driving will become part of the practical driving test in Great Britain in October 2010.

It's tasking the candidate to drive for about 10 minutes, either following traffic signs, following a series of verbal directions, or a combination of both.


To help the candidate be clear about where they’re going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show them a diagram.


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 drivers.


Newspaper reports


The claim in some newspapers that independent driving would lead to a fall in the driving test pass rate 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.


Video shows independent driving


DSA has published a couple short videos on its YouTube channel explaining more about independent driving.

Video 1

Video 2

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