Liverpool & Wirral driving lessons

Independent Driving Phase

Are you aware that in 2010 the driving test format has changed?

From 4 October 2010 your practical driving test will include a section of ‘independent driving’. In the independent driving section of your test, you will drive for about 10 minutes without step-by-step direction from your examiner.

At present, examiners give candidates step-by-step instructions during the test. For other parts of the test, this will still be true. But during the independent driving section of the test, the examiner will ask you to drive by either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both.

To help you understand where you’re going, the examiner may show you a diagram. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way – that can happen to the most experienced drivers. Independent driving is not a test o f your orientation and navigation skills.

Driving independently means making your own decisions – this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going.

You will also be asked to complete only one maneuver on your driving test, not two as was the case in the old style test. Why choose One2One?

The good news is at one2One, we incorporate the independent driving concepts into your driving lessons from day one. From an early stage in your tuition you will be using diagrams and following road signs to specific locations as part of your regular lessons. This independent driving will also be pressure tested as part of our mock tests that we conduct, thus taking the worry and stress away from you.

Some Liverpool driving instructors are not providing an input about the independent driving phase in their teachings and this will affect your chances of test success. If you have any concerns about these rece nt changes then call us today for a no obligation chat.

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If you ask for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to you.

If you go off the independent driving route it won’t affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault. If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving.

If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign – you won’t need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.


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