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Drivers ask for further changes to new driving test

Tuesday 27 June 2017, By Autovolo

Drivers ask for further changes to new driving test

Drivers ask for further changes to new driving test

One in three drivers feel that the recent changes to the driving test don’t go far enough to improve road safety, according to a new report.

Research compiled by insurance comparison site claims that 40 per cent of the 2,000 people it surveyed felt that poor driving was down to new motorists not having the necessary skills to safely navigate the road.

Changes set to be implemented later this year are aimed at reducing serious injuries and fatalities on the road. The updated test sees the three-point turn removed, along with reversing around a corner. Instead, the examination uses manoeuvres that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency deems ‘more useful’.

These including driving in and out of a parking bay, as well as the driving pulling over to the right-hand side of the road and reversing two car lengths. Trevor Wedge, former chief driving examiner for GB Driving Standards Agency said: “I would be keen to change the way the driving test is assessed.

"The focus at the moment is on identifying faults. We all make mistakes whilst driving and it’s not about what mistakes you make, it’s what you do about them.”

The research also revealed that 80 per cent of drivers think that learners should be taught driving etiquette, such as lane discipline, to lower the amount of accidents caused by poor driving habits.