So the question is, what will 2018 bring? Driving Test Success are here to let us know what they think this year holds.
New driving test in full swing
The Driving Test changed on December 4th and is now being taken by every learner driver across the UK. With an average of over 150,000 practical tests taken each month throughout 2017, the changes were made with the aim to better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely. You can now expect to perform new manoeuvres, follow a new test format, and use a satnav.
Possible changes to the theory test
The theory test has been around for over 20 years. Last year the DVSA ran surveys to get feedback on learners experiences when taking the theory test. This could indicate that the DVSA might be looking at improving or updating the theory test soon.
Could this lead to a theory test overhaul in 2018? This wouldn’t be a shock as technology has advanced considerably since its introduction.
Learner drivers on the motorway
Along with the new driving test, learner drivers are finally going to be allowed to have lessons on motorways. However, learners must be accompanied by an approved instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls. This is a huge step for learner drivers, as they will now be able to gain valuable experience on Britain’s busiest roads before they are let loose on their own. The change hopes to lower the number of road accidents amongst new drivers, as 9% are involved in fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver.
Self-driving cars are no longer something you only see in films, they are just around the corner and you could see some on roads near you in 2018. With companies such as Ford, Google, Uber and even Apple getting in on it, it’s only a matter of time before self-driving cars are part of our everyday lives.
If you don’t believe us, look at this driverless pizza hut van!
— Pizza Hut (@pizzahut) January 8, 2018
Britain is aiming to become a centre for self-driving car technology. This includes proposals to change insurance rules to introduce a policy that covers both the vehicle and owner of a self-driving car. However, the introduction of these cars still remains uncertain as a study by Fleet News suggests a third of motorists failing to see any advantage of automated vehicles.
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