Driving lessons in Wickford.
Learn to drive and pass your test in 2018.
System Driving School has been teaching to the highest standards since 1971
All car driving tests taken from 4 December 2017 will follow the new format. This includes if:
you fail a test before then, and retake your test from 4 December 2017
your test is cancelled or moved for any reason, and your new test date is from 4 December 2017
Your driving instructor should have been teaching you everything you need to know to drive safely, so you shouldn’t need to worry about learning anything new.
Pass mark, length of test and cost not changing
The pass mark is staying the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.
The overall time of the driving test won’t change. It will still take around 40 minutes.
The driving test cost will also stay the same.
Why the changes are being made
Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.
DVSA wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.
These changes are being made because:
most fatal collisions happen on high-speed roads (not including motorways) – changing the format of the test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving test routes
52% of car drivers now have a sat nav – DVSA wants new drivers to be trained to use them safely
research has shown that new drivers find independent driving training valuable – they can relate it to driving once they’ve passed their test